Merchandise is not a punk band. The orchestral swells and chiming acoustic guitars that welcome listeners to new album After the End
should make that obvious. But the Internet hype machine continu ... More
Of all the damning moments for the Dandy Warhols in the 2004 documentary Dig!,
the worst occurs the morning after a wild party at the shared house of
their friends, fellow psych-rockers the Bria ... More
Sounds like: Andre 3000 as a motivational speaker.
For fans of: Outkast, Kendrick Lamar, College Dropout-era Kanye.
Why you care: Elton Cray has never cared whether
hip-hop excluded hi ... More
[DIRGE METAL] Witch Mountain’s Mobile of Angels
starts with slow, bluesy riffage, which is exactly what fans have come
to expect from the band after nearly 20 years together. But around the
[BLUE-COLLAR GUITAR POP] Night Mechanic’s third album will
hit like a rush of blood to the heart for anyone wondering where all
the great indie-rock guitar bands have gone. It’s not just tha ... More
[ROCK DEVELOPMENTS] At times overwrought in its effort to
convey some heavy emotional states, Portland quartet Lubec turns in 11
tracks on a full-length debut that surveys life around the city. ... More
The Constantines are back, but it’s best not to get too attached.
When the members of Canadian punk band the Constantines
ended their four-year hiatus earlier this year in honor of the reissue
of their landmark 2003 album, Shine a Light, they had a few
probl ... More
Interviewing a 6-foot-8 singing clown named Puddles poses some interesting problems.
starters, the man behind the makeup, performance artist Mike Geier,
prefers to keep himself distan ... More
On a Monday night in early March,
everything changed for Future Islands. The Baltimore synth-pop trio was
in New York to make its national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman, p ... More
Who: Kevin Rafn, Daniel Rafn.
Sounds like: If Ween’s 2000 record, White Pepper, delved deeper into the ’80s synth-pop territory explored on the Magnetic Fields’ The Charm of the Highway Strip ... More
[SYNTH POP] Despite its ubiquity on Top 40 charts the past
three decades, synth-pop music has rarely felt both modern and sincere.
In the ’80s, the omnipresence of chintzy Casio presets often ... More
A crew of Mexico City producers unite dance-culture cliques.
Servers have cleared all the dirty dishes
and tables from a large wooden warehouse in Mexico City. The comida
corrida, a cheap lunchtime cafeteria, has closed. Night arrives in the
city, but i ... More
[ORCHESTRAL DREAMSCAPES] You’ve heard the saying, “A
smooth sea never made for a skilled sailor,” right? This phrase doesn’t
seem to apply to the guys of Musée Mécanique, who, on their ... More
[WHITE JAZZ] Less than a decade removed
from titillating dowagers at Union Station’s piano bar, Storm Large has
so successfully bum-rushed the global celebrity apparatus that her side
projec ... More