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2011 Stories by Reyan Ali

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  • Wire: Show Preview

    published April 13, 2011

    Perpetually armed with a wily mouth and artfully spare riffs, Wire has a rep as one of postpunk's most respected names. There's no... More >>

  • Meet the New Morrissey: Twin Shadow (Capably) Summons Reagan-Era Pop

    published April 13, 2011

    It's hard to blame music writers for so frequently using "Twin Shadow" and "the 1980s" in the same sentence. In the roughly one year since... More >>

  • Bad Rabbits: Show Preview

    published March 30, 2011

    When Bad Rabbits were in their ideological infancy, the Boston band counted Deftones and Glassjaw as primary inspirations. It didn't... More >>

  • Prying Open Warpaint's Gorgeous Musical Fortress

    published March 16, 2011

    As far as debut records released in 2010 go, you'd be hard-pressed to find anything as smartly woven and emotionally messy as Warpaint's The... More >>

  • Tera Melos: Show Preview

    published March 16, 2011

    When Tera Melos is gone, an especially titillating and strange discography will sit in its wake. The young Roseville, Calif., band was... More >>

  • Castanets: Show Preview

    published March 9, 2011

    When Castanets' Raymond Raposa began writing the sparse, somber, largely acoustic songs that have since become his forte, he did it to... More >>

  • Neutral Milk Hotel Members Will Get Wacky for Elephant 6 Show

    published March 2, 2011

    As eternally awesome as the concept of the rock concert is, its basic format could always use some souping up. Major bands typically enhance... More >>

  • Death: Show Preview

    published February 23, 2011

    It's funny, really, that of the very few bands that receive fresh life decades after sputtering out, one of them is called Death. Not to... More >>

  • Dirty Beaches: Show Preview

    published February 16, 2011

    Dirty Beaches are soaked in the gloriously cryptic and forlorn. This faded, '50s-indebted pop is assembled and performed by Alex Zhang... More >>

  • Rotten Sound on the Future of Metal, Grindcore Vs. Crust Punk, and the Joys of Napalm Death

    published Feb 08, 2011

    ​According to a Google search I did about a minute ago, Finland's primary exports include timber, paper products, and meteorological equipment. Assuming that there's some validity to that list, the ... More >>

  • Meat Beat Manifesto: Show Preview

    published February 9, 2011

    You know those sequences in movies and TV shows where a character is brainwashed by being forced to watch a bunch of seemingly unconnected... More >>

  • The salty tales of Tennis

    published February 2, 2011

    If you've heard of Tennis by now, you're probably familiar with the band's origin story, what with its mention in every iota of press the... More >>

  • The Blow: Show Preview

    published January 26, 2011

    As the Blow, Khaela Maricich frames her performances in an unusual fashion. The primary aspect of a Blow show involves the New... More >>

  • Asylum Street Spankers: Show Preview

    published January 19, 2011

    It's sad, really, that the Asylum Street Spankers are calling it quits. For nearly 17 years, the Austin band with the revolving-door... More >>

  • Neurosis: Show Preview

    published January 12, 2011

    Some 25 years ago, when Scott Kelly and company elected to christen their band Neurosis, the choice of name was rather prescient. The... More >>

  • Blaqk Audio: Show Preview

    published January 5, 2011

    Davey Havok and Jade Puget settled into their roles as AFI's sullen-looking heartthrobs long ago, and in Blaqk Audio, they venture into... More >>

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