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  • Vivian Girls

    published November 19, 2008

    After hibernating underground for a decade, fuzzy reverb and wintry hooks are now erupting from a hotbed of young Brooklyn bands, including... More >>

  • El Guincho’s global beats take flight

    published November 19, 2008

    When it comes to Barcelona-based musician Pablo Diaz Reixa and his one-man band, El Guincho, your limbs may react before your brain does. His... More >>

  • Annuals in Bloom

    published November 19, 2008

    North Carolina's Annuals remain a gravity-defying whirlwind with the release of their latest disc, Such Fun. Pairing herky-jerky... More >>

  • Maus Haus

    published October 29, 2008

    Traces of Stereolab linger in the bleary vintage synths and breathy vocal harmonies that open Maus Haus' "Rigid Breakfast," the first track on... More >>

  • Hank IV

    published October 8, 2008

    After debuting two years back with Third Person Shooter, rugged locals Hank IV have landed on the resurrected Philly label Siltbreeze,... More >>

  • Kimya Dawson

    published September 24, 2008

    Just because the mainstream took notice when Kimya Dawson dominated Billboard charts with the Juno soundtrack doesn't mean she's... More >>

  • Bart Davenport

    published September 17, 2008

    Bart Davenport's electro-funk side project Honeycut earned Gnarls Barkley comparisons in 2006, but his latest solo outing isn't so easy to pin... More >>

  • Birdmonster

    published September 3, 2008

    For a magazine touting itself as an adventurous tastemaker, Fader has settled on a surprisingly safe choice for its label arm with... More >>

  • Witch

    published September 3, 2008

    There are concept albums, and then there are concept bands. Witch is the latter, a leftfield side project formed by Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis... More >>

  • Indie Achy Breaky

    published August 20, 2008

    “I’m 15 centimeters tall” is the first line Caitlin Gutenberger sings on Two Sheds’ new self-titled EP. There’s... More >>

  • Crash of the Titans

    published August 6, 2008

    Crammed into the druggy Tee Pee Records roster — home to Witch, High on Fire, the Warlocks, and Graveyard — Brooklyn's aptly titled... More >>

  • Beck

    published July 30, 2008

    Danger Mouse's presence as co-producer doesn't drastically alter what we've come to expect from Beck on the dude's eighth album: sleepy... More >>

  • Hercules and Hipster-Disco

    published July 23, 2008

    Hercules & Love Affair is the sleek retro-futuristic vehicle for New York DJ Andrew Butler's supremely animated dance-pop. On the... More >>

  • Sister Act

    published July 23, 2008

    Anyone who only knows the Watson Twins from Jenny Lewis' Rabbit Fur Coat is seriously missing out. The sisters' debut, Fire... More >>

  • Weezer

    published June 18, 2008

    If not for an album called Pinkerton, Weezer might be regarded simply as longtime purveyors of goofy Top 40 singles. But with that... More >>

  • Father Afrika commands large-scale musical hypnosis

    published June 11, 2008

    If you want to understand just how vital Afrika Bambaataa was to hip-hop's early development, it's still best to listen to "Planet... More >>

  • Flight of the Conchords tap into music career comedy

    published May 21, 2008

    From the Smothers Brothers to Adam Sandler, comedians have long used music to help their material go down easier, while musical acts from Weird... More >>

  • The smooth exoticism of Herb Alpert

    published May 21, 2008

    The face of a thousand used LPs, trumpeter Herb Alpert and the smooth exoticism of his Tijuana Brass ruled the '60s' tame underbelly,... More >>

  • David Karsten Daniels Strikes Gold

    published April 30, 2008

    When a singer-songwriter gets signed to England's adventurous Fat Cat label, you can bet that artist means business. So it was that Seattle's... More >>

  • Hot Chip’s lyric sheet reveals its cultural obsessions

    published April 23, 2008

    Hot Chip is a bunch of geeks. Over the course of three albums — 2004's Coming On Strong, 2006's The Warning, and the new... More >>

  • Cut Copy

    published April 23, 2008

    Australia's Cut Copy is an ecstatic burst of energy. That inertia propels a dreamily vibrant sound — chewy bass lines, teetering... More >>

  • The Botticellis

    published April 16, 2008

    "It's not Alaska without the snow," sings Alexi Glickman on the opening title track of the Botticellis' debut album. He would know —... More >>

  • The Teenagers

    published April 16, 2008

    It's easy to be conflicted about the Teenagers. Donning messy haircuts and oversize glasses, the Paris trio makes smarmy, jokey synth-pop... More >>

  • Finest Dearest

    published April 9, 2008

    Your opinion of Finest Dearest may very well rest on how much you like '90s indie rock. An unabashed throwback to the lo-fi glory days of K... More >>

  • Surf Rock Safari: The Cuban Cowboys

    published April 2, 2008

    The six-piece Syracuse-based Ra Ra Riot formed in 2006, but a lot has happened since then. The band released a self-titled EP and blew... More >>

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