Yesterday, our inner teenage selves swooned at the news that Mazzy Star is going to be releasing new material for the first time in 17 years. The band's fourth full-length, Seasons of Your Day, will be out September 24. But, as excited as we are about it, we couldn't help but reminisce about all tho ... More >>
We wanted to like this. It's on 4AD for chrissakes. The same 4AD that gave us some of the greatest alternative music of the last century. Pixies! Throwing Muses! Cocteau Twins! Belly! The The! What's not to love? And the current roster ain't to be sniffed at either, what with the Mark Lanegan Band, ... More >>
Grant CornettEfterklangBuke & GassSilian RailBottom of the Hill9 p.m., $12Buke & Gass aren't kids' puppets, a slapstick comedy duo, or alternate slang terms for bodily functions. The words "buke" and "gass" refer to instruments -- a baritone ukulele and a guitar-bass hybrid, respectively ... More >>
Expect to hear a lot more from New Jersey trio Screaming Females--mostly because they're an excellent sideways-titled, banshee-screaming take on post punk and black 'n' bluesy garage rock. But you'll also hear more about these guys and gal because they have big fans in high places. Word has it the s ... More >>
If we took a mid-year count of favorite records in 2009, Bay Area artists would be amongst the highest ranking. So many excellent albums coming from our home turf--among them Tartufi's Nests of Waves and Wire. On this melodic batch of post rock, everything seems to move in emotive cascades, from the ... More >>
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