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2010 Stories by Doug Wallen

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  • Wild Beasts soundtrack late-night desire

    published February 10, 2010

    When Wild Beasts released Limbo, Panto in 2008, the album introduced the English quartet's funk-wrought mechanics and Hayden Thorpe's... More >>

  • En Garde!

    published February 10, 2010

    It’s no stretch to call the Kronos Quartet iconic; the string foursome’s very name has become shorthand for visionary, genre-blind... More >>

  • Nouvelle Vague

    published February 3, 2010

    Call it kitsch if you must, but the French ensemble Nouvelle Vague has found an affable niche reimagining rebellious punk, postpunk, and... More >>

  • Earle-y to Rise

    published February 3, 2010

    Needing to prove himself simply on account of being Steve Earle’s son, Justin Townes Earle did just that with his old-soul sparker of... More >>

  • Citay

    published January 27, 2010

    Matching the multidimensional scope of the best prog rock, local troupe Citay remains woodsy and cosmic on its new Dream Get... More >>

  • Swedish Tweetballs

    published January 27, 2010

    Don’t be put off by the hippie-sounding name: Swedish duo Wildbirds & Peacedrums aren’t into good vibes or pastoral folk. Rather,... More >>

  • Instrumental Pastiche

    published January 20, 2010

    NOMO’s influences are intensely varied. While it’s logical enough to detect Afrobeat in the stuttered drums of the Michigan... More >>

  • Married to Drums and Keyboard

    published January 20, 2010

    The ingredients of Mates of State are so simple and few — drums, organ, two voices, the infectious glow of marital bliss — that... More >>

  • Owen Pallett’s ambitious pop compositions

    published January 13, 2010

    It's tricky keeping a bead on Owen Pallett, the prolific composer who, until last month, recorded and performed solo as Final Fantasy. (He has... More >>

  • Sun Kissed

    published January 13, 2010

    It can be a challenge tracing the circuitous path of Sunnyvale’s Orange Peels. Leader Allen Clapp grew the band out of his solo work... More >>

  • Young Prisms

    published January 6, 2010

    With vocals firmly couched in and each song haloed with reverb, locals Young Prisms come from a school of hazy pop typified by... More >>

  • The Bell brothers achieve wordless brilliance with Lymbyc Systym

    published January 6, 2010

    Instrumental rock bands are bound to get compared to each other, sometimes unfairly. If there are elements of jazz, a group suddenly sounds... More >>

  • Whaling Vessel

    published January 6, 2010

    Australia’s Chris Hearn has long made music as Alps, although he’s currently going by Alps of New South Whales. The name is a... More >>

  • Fuzz Munchers

    published January 6, 2010

    Named after an underground comic strip, the Yummy Fur was an underground band from 1990s Glasgow, two of whose many members went on to form... More >>

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