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  • Doug Paisley

    published September 23, 2009

    Canadian troubadour Doug Paisley settles into his lonesome voice as if it were a pair of worn leather boots, sounding more like an old... More >>

  • Bon Iver

    published September 23, 2009

    Now that his cabin-recorded debut has penetrated all corners of the globe, Justin Vernon is taking his onetime solo project Bon Iver on... More >>

  • Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros

    published September 9, 2009

    Boasting a dozen members, L.A.'s Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros conjure ambitious swaths of barefoot psychedelia that rival the... More >>

  • The Dodos aim for pop simplicity

    published September 9, 2009

    If the success of last year's Visiter made the Dodos' rise to worldwide attention seem inevitable, the modest San Francisco outfit... More >>

  • Math Jazz

    published September 9, 2009

    The Bad Plus came to most people’s attention by covering “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” so it’s fitting that the rock-loving jazz... More >>

  • The New Mayer of Soul

    published September 9, 2009

    The past few years have seen a clutch of young male crooners embracing the lost art of blue-eyed soul with no-nonsense prowess. Beyond the... More >>

  • Not the Queen Bees

    published September 9, 2009

    Americans have been slow coming around to the Drones, the Aussie quartet rightly beloved in its homeland. Perhaps it’s the grim... More >>

  • Cold Cave

    published September 2, 2009

    Nailing hardcore with Give Up the Ghost and then post-hardcore with Some Girls, the itinerant Wesley Eisold wound up in Philadelphia, where he... More >>

  • Kurt Vile loses job, gains indie clout

    published August 19, 2009

    Kurt Vile recently got fired. For the past six years, he operated a forklift at a Philadelphia brewery while moonlighting as a home-recording... More >>

  • Pissed Jeans

    published August 12, 2009

    Last heard tackling ice cream and scrapbooking in song, Pissed Jeans singer Matt Korvette has moved on to lip rings, R-rated movies, and... More >>

  • YACHT breaks fan barriers

    published August 5, 2009

    YACHT is a band, a cult, and a multimedia extravaganza. It's also inclusive, meaning anyone can venture into its quirky musical world riddled... More >>

  • The Dry Spells

    published July 29, 2009

    The loving attention with which the Dry Spells reconfigure traditional folk tunes is something to behold. The San Francisco group doesn't... More >>

  • Japandroids

    published July 29, 2009

    Shouty and overblown, Vancouver guitar-drums duo Japandroids plows through some wicked garage-punk anthems on its breakthrough album,... More >>

  • Rainbow Arabia

    published July 22, 2009

    The name says it all. Rainbow Arabia mashes fragrant Middle Eastern flavors into every sick color that weedy electro-psych has to offer,... More >>

  • Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound

    published July 8, 2009

    Despite the trippy name — and having worked with Fucking Champs guru Tim Green — local ensemble Assemble Head in Sunburst... More >>

  • Rubies travel the world to find their Center

    published July 8, 2009

    When it comes to recording an album, where and with whom you work is every bit as important as the instruments you use. A perfect case study is... More >>

  • Dirty Projectors continue to rise above

    published July 1, 2009

    The new Dirty Projectors record, Bitte Orca, sounds as if mastermind David Longstreth took advice from the title of his 2007 triumph,... More >>

  • Miike Snow

    published June 17, 2009

    Is it premature to call Miike Snow's "Animal" a readymade hit? Breathy and quivering, the song's pop fluency and offhand reggae vibe... More >>

  • Grizzly Bear

    published June 17, 2009

    Even discounting its strings and choirs, Grizzly Bear's loudly heralded new album, Veckatimest, is constructed with enough... More >>

  • Handsome Furs

    published June 3, 2009

    Handsome Furs' Dan Boeckner and Alexei Perry aren't the only married couple to embrace synths and an '80s sound lately — Grand... More >>

  • Chain and the Gang

    published May 20, 2009

    After famously marketing socialist punk in Nation of Ulysses and MC5-damaged gospel in the Make-Up, the perpetually cool Ian Svenonius has... More >>

  • Prolific psych pop from the Fresh & Onlys

    published May 20, 2009

    If all goes as planned, by early next year the Fresh & Onlys will have released music on eight different labels. That's a startling feat for a... More >>

  • The Horrors

    published May 13, 2009

    Whereas 2007's Strange House found the Horrors meeting the Cramps and the Ramones halfway while singing about Jack the Ripper, its... More >>

  • Max Tundra and Junior Boys

    published April 15, 2009

    Englishman Ben Jacobs (aka Max Tundra) and Canadian duo Junior Boys are the perfect tourmates. Both acts record for Domino,... More >>

  • Making Wavves

    published April 8, 2009

    Whether you tag his music garage, punk, or plain old indie pop, Nathan Williams' one-man band, Wavves, has single-handedly made home... More >>

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