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2008 Stories by Michael Alan Goldberg

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  • Crystallized Psych

    published December 24, 2008

    Just when you sorted out all the different "wolf" and "diamond" bands, along comes the attack of the "crystal" acts to stir up even more... More >>

  • Metal on Fire

    published December 17, 2008

    In the year since High on Fire released its last record — Death Is This Communion, an uncompromisingly forbidding, yet... More >>

  • Feeding Frenzy

    published October 22, 2008

    It feels like '96 all over again: Hip-hop–informed producer composes sonic collages from hundreds of uncleared samples across myriad... More >>

  • Translating Gobbledigook

    published October 1, 2008

    When it was first announced that Sigur Rós was releasing a single titled "Gobbledigook," I was certain it was a hoax. Iceland's... More >>

  • New Old Romantics

    published October 1, 2008

    Going solely by the tunes on Cut Copy's new disc, In Ghost Colours, you'd swear the Aussie trio dresses in frilly shirts,... More >>

  • Treasure Island picks: in haiku form!

    published September 17, 2008

    The Treasure Island Music Festival is one of our favorite San Francisco music events. Sure, we've been hit with a barrage of multiday concerts... More >>

  • A Perfect Performance

    published September 3, 2008

    The recent trend of bands performing classic albums in their entirety generates mixed feelings. The concept can be a gimmicky nostalgia trip,... More >>

  • Torche: metal with a big pop buzz

    published July 30, 2008

    Listening to the colossal wallop of the Florida underground metal outfit Torche is a pleasure. Making that colossal wallop is equally... More >>

  • Tilly and the Wall tap into a new beat

    published July 2, 2008

    One Wednesday night last March, the basement of the First Unitarian Church — Philadelphia's decidedly no-frills "venue" — was... More >>

  • Swervedriver returns from shoegazer history

    published May 28, 2008

    Over the phone from London, Swervedriver frontman Adam Franklin listens as I remind him of the last time I interviewed him. It was toward the... More >>

  • Goldfrapp

    published April 23, 2008

    Eight years ago, English electronic act Goldfrapp (singer Alison Goldfrapp and composer Will Gregory) introduced themselves with Felt... More >>

  • Death Cab for Cojones

    published April 23, 2008

    I Will Possess Your Heart," the lead single from Death Cab for Cutie's carefully guarded forthcoming album, Narrow Stairs, offers... More >>

  • Hillstomp defines the down ‘n’ dirty gutbucket blues

    published April 16, 2008

    Born in the gutters of Portland, Oregon, Hillstomp defines the down 'n' dirty gutbucket blues. Guitarist Henry Christian and... More >>

  • Making Grown Indie Boys Weep: Xiu Xiu

    published April 9, 2008

    "Fuzz" is for Muppets — the abrasive garage-punk of Japan's King Brothers more closely resembles steel wool. While these... More >>

  • Eight Turntables, Four Mixers, Two Wax Wizards: The Hard Sell Tour

    published February 13, 2008

    There are myriad perils in crafting a live performance using only vinyl 45s. At least according to a highly amusing "educational" film that... More >>

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