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2010 Stories by Reyan Ali

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  • Nerf Herder: Show Preview

    published December 29, 2010

    Lyrics-wise, any song by Santa Barbara–based pop-punk act Nerf Herder is bound to be one of two flavors. The first possibility is... More >>

  • Dan Hicks: Show Preview

    published December 22, 2010

    YouTube is awash with all kinds of bizarre videos, but if the site ever hands out an award for Weirdest Musical Performance on an Old Talk... More >>

  • Folk for the Gamer Generation: Powerglove's antics elevate videogame metal

    published December 8, 2010

    Ask Nick Avila of Powerglove to describe his ultimate, bank-breaking show, and expect a prompt answer. After the faintest pause, the bassist of... More >>

  • Tame Impala: Show Preview

    published December 8, 2010

    Kevin Parker certainly isn't the only person to take the stage for Tame Impala shows, but make no mistake: the guitarist-vocalist is and... More >>

  • The Posies: Show Preview

    published December 1, 2010

    Being a long-term Posies fan brings with it worries of uncertainty, as the power-pop band has spent years bouncing between hiatus and... More >>

  • Black Angels: Show Preview

    published November 24, 2010

    The Black Angels probably adore their smartphones, or iPads, or whatever 21st-century contraptions they're into, but you just know... More >>

  • Bear Hands: Show Preview

    published November 17, 2010

    New York City is teeming with indie-rock bands, so if an upstart group wants to possess any chance of standing out in an overpopulated scene,... More >>

  • The Thermals' 'Personal Life' is subdued, but they won't stay down for long

    published November 10, 2010

    The Thermals' fifth record, Personal Life, was released just a couple of months ago, but the Portland, Ore.-based trio might already be... More >>

  • Sharon Van Etten: Show Preview

    published November 10, 2010

    The title of Epic, Sharon Van Etten's latest record, belies how intimate an experience it is. The New Jersey-born, Brooklyn-based... More >>

  • Small Black: Show Preview

    published November 3, 2010

    This Brooklyn four-piece might sound like it was named in tongue-in-cheek tribute to the noise-punk mutilators behind Songs About... More >>

  • Matt Black, Founder of Indie Eletronica Label Ninja Tune, Compares Major Labels to Nazis

    published Oct 28, 2010

    ​Nowadays, long-term success in the record business has become so elusive and so revered that when that rare piece of good news does arrive, you better celebrate the hell out of it. Ninja Tune gets ... More >>

  • Ninja Tune celebrates 20 years of influential electronica

    published October 27, 2010

    Matt Black still remembers the 1990 incident that inspired him to found the electronic dance label Ninja Tune. He and Jonathan More —... More >>

  • Sonic Booty

    published October 13, 2010

    Maus Haus (Noon Saturday, Bridge stage) Lots of bands claim it, but San Francisco's Maus Haus really does straddle genres and... More >>

  • And So I Watch You from Afar

    published October 13, 2010

    Do forgive And So I Watch You from Afar (ASIWYFA) for its dreadful name. Though the band sounds like it's titled after some voyeur's mission... More >>

  • Fool's Gold puts Hebrew words over Muslim music. Everybody dances.

    published October 6, 2010

    An amusing phenomenon has been recurring during Fool's Gold's sets, and Lewis Pesacov can't figure out its origin. With increasing regularity,... More >>

  • Suuns: Show Preview

    published October 6, 2010

    Take special note of the extra "U" in Suuns' name. That letter inverts the vibrancy and heat you might initially associate with a band... More >>

  • Fang Island: Show Preview

    published September 29, 2010

    Imagine that your life is unflinchingly peachy. Each day overflows with stellar news and beams of sunshine, granting you permission to use the... More >>

  • Dom: Show Preview

    published September 15, 2010

    Dom has a mystique that is driven by dualism. In an April interview with Pitchfork, the musician whose mononym doubles as the name of... More >>

  • Oneohtrix Point Never straddles noise pop

    published September 1, 2010

    Oneohtrix Point Never's latest album, Returnal, begins with a scream — or something like it. "Nil Admirari" is an abrasive,... More >>

  • Boris: Show Preview

    published August 25, 2010

    After almost two decades of sculpting intensely oblique metal-noise, it feels as if Boris pointedly strives for the difficult and... More >>

  • Show preview: Glitch Mob

    published June 9, 2010

    After the Glitch Mob got started, the TV on the Radio–remixing L.A. trio's tour rider included an unusual requirement: permission... More >>

  • Concert preview: Murder City Devils

    published May 5, 2010

    Like an unruly zombie angry about being taken out too soon, Murder City Devils refuse to stay dead. After forming in 1996, the Devils... More >>

  • What To Do? Thursday's Pick: Andrew Jackson Jihad

    published Jan 07, 2010

    ​Andrew Jackson Jihad @ Bottom of the Hill"Rejoice!" proclaims Andrew Jackson Jihad singer and guitarist Sean Bonnette in the opener of 2007's People Who Can Eat People Are the Luckiest People in t... More >>

  • Andrew Jackson Jihad

    published January 6, 2010

    "Rejoice!" proclaims Andrew Jackson Jihad singer and guitarist Sean Bonnette in the opener of 2007's People Who Can Eat People Are... More >>

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