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Yo La Tengo | Fade
Matador Records (2013)
Fade starts with James McNew and Ira Kaplan harmonizing on the line "sometimes the good things fade."
| January 17, 2013
Allo Darlin' | Europe
It's good to hear a band grow. Like Allo Darlin's first effort, Europe is full of catchy pop songs, and Elizabeth Morris's vocals are still heart-tuggingly direct and intimate.
| April 10, 2012
Ceremony | Zoo
Ceremony aren't as intellectual or dryly hilarious as Wire and don't attempt a comparable stylistic variety, but the raucous Zoo is a fine tribute to Wire's heavier side, alternating between powerful, lumbering riffs and manic splatters of guitar noise.
| March 13, 2012
The Magnetic Fields | Love At The Bottom Of The Sea
Merge Records (2012)
The Magnetic Fields' last three albums all eschewed the synthesizers that typified their sound in the '90s, but Fields main man Stephin Merritt makes up for it on Love at the Bottom of the Sea, where he deploys at least 10 albums' worth of synths in a brisk 35 minutes.
| February 28, 2012
Guided by Voices | Let's Go Eat the Factory
Guided By Voices, Inc. (2012)
The GBV name on Let's Go Eat the Factory' s label indicates two things to those fans: this is the first record to feature the "classic" Bee Thousand/Alien Lanes line-up since 1996, and this is the first Pollard album to deserve the GBV moniker since the break-up.
| January 11, 2012
Big Troubles | Romantic Comedy
I was worried when I heard that '80s jangle-pop maestro Mitch Easter was producing Big Troubles' second album.
| October 12, 2011
Let's Wrestle | Nursing Home
Let's Wrestle are another pack of young British guitar owners, and although they haven't crafted much of an identity outside of being amiable wiseasses, that's all you need if your songs are catchy enough.
| June 22, 2011
Times New Viking | Dancer Equired
Merge Records (2011)
Times New Viking's tour of America's legendary indie-rock labels continues with their first release for Merge after a few albums on Matador and then Siltbreeze.
| April 27, 2011
Lifeguards | Waving at the Astronauts
Ernest Jenning Record Co. (2011)
Hey, it's another Robert Pollard record. Today must be a day. We can't even joke about how prolific this guy is because we've heard 'em all a million billion times already.
| March 09, 2011
Kurt Vile | Smoke Ring For My Halo
It's weird to write about a guy who operates this close to the classic singer-songwriter template and not even consider the lyrics.
| March 03, 2011
Faust | Something Dirty
Bureau B Records (2011)
Faust are like the anti-Who: only the rhythm section remains.
| February 09, 2011
No beef with us
Ireland's tireless So Cow embrace Boston
"The United States is probably my favorite country," says Brian Kelly, the singer for Irish indie-pop band So Cow. It's nice to know somebody in the world still loves us.
| October 04, 2010
Man Forever's John Colpitts finds his rhythm
It sounds like the set-up to a bad joke. When Man Forever take the stage at Great Scott in Allston this weekend, the band will run five or six drummers deep.
| August 10, 2010
Crooked Fingers | Reservoir Songs II
Foreign Leisure Records (2010)
Yep, the music industry is still dying. Eric Bachmann, the singer/songwriter behind Crooked Fingers and '90s indie-rockers the Archers of Loaf, knows from experience.
| July 13, 2010
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