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Marnie Stern | The Chronicles of Marnia
Kill Rock Stars (2013)
In the arena of charming and entertaining indie-music figures, Marnie Stern stands unopposed.
| March 13, 2013
No rest for Blackbird Blackbird
Blackbird Blackbird's 2012 EP Boracay Planet takes its name from two sources: Boracay — a beach-filled, postcard-perfect island in the Philippines — and a dream Mikey Maramag had about the tourist trap, despite never having visited.
| March 13, 2013
Wild Belle push magical buttons
Wild Belle's multi-ethnic allegiances — Afropop, reggae, and rocksteady — fuse into American indie-pop and classic rock. Results are, at varying times, tropical, tepid, and tempestuous.
| February 11, 2013
The Lumineers aim for the rafters
Jeremiah Fraites isn't famous — at least not yet. The drummer of the Lumineers, the folk trio who experienced an outrageously fruitful 2012, is talking to me two days before appearing on the January 19 Saturday Night Live, but he doesn't sound convinced that his band have crossed the fame threshold.
| February 01, 2013
Phantom Glue come into focus
Cellars by Starlight
Variations of "nightmarish" and "psychedelic" come up repeatedly as Matt Oates describes his band's work — which makes sense, given that Phantom Glue trace their roots back to Slayer, the Jesus Lizard, and cult post-hardcore act KARP.
| January 23, 2013
Coming of age with Hoodie Allen
Hoodie Allen cannot escape James Franco.
| December 18, 2012
Simian Mobile Disco get a move on
Occasionally someone will find the Virgin Mary's image on a slice of toast, or they're sure they see grandpa's face in a patch of clouds.
| December 03, 2012
Star Slinger | Ladies in the Back
Jet Jam (2012)
How high can a remix-heavy disc go when it's built on the dodgiest and lousiest of foundations?
| November 16, 2012
Isis | Temporal
Temporal is an assortment of rarities culled from Isis' entire career, and it's a suitably bulky set in both length (almost two hours) and aural weight.
| November 12, 2012
Dan Deacon is coming to America
In 2007, Dan Deacon experienced startling cultural self-awareness.
| November 08, 2012
Mount Kimbie’s wallflower power
Sometimes making a statement from a corner of a room feels truer than making one from its center. Kai Campos — one-half of the London duo Mount Kimbie — believes that reasoning was crucial to his desire to make electronica in the first place.
| October 24, 2012
Amon Tobin settles into abstract electronica
If his 2011 off-the-cuff comment is any proof, Amon Tobin is terrible at resisting the urge to prod a proverbial beehive.
| September 05, 2012
The proper intentions of Frank Turner
Punk makes good
On July 27, Frank Turner played the biggest show of his life while surrounded by sheep, actors dressed as Brits of different stripes, a Ferris wheel, a synthetic recreation of the English countryside, and an unfathomably massive crowd.
| August 28, 2012
Inside the globe-spanning pop of Beirut
Worlds in flux
Pictures on walls have held great meaning to Zach Condon.
| August 21, 2012
Dan Deacon | America
America as a country is rarely celebrated by its off-the-radar and off-kilter musicians.
| August 21, 2012
Seriously, what is Babymetal?
Given that they're all alumni of the J-pop "idol" group Sakura Gakuin, it's extremely unlikely that these girls (whose ages fall between 12 and 15) formed Babymetal on their own.
| August 01, 2012
Nachtmystium | Silencing Machine
Century Media (2012)
The end is nigh, and it will be ugly. With Silencing Machine, Nachtmystium's sixth album, Blake Judd and his fellow Chicago-based melodic black metallurgists have put together a fantastically tormented document — a recipe for Armageddon that promises things getting darkest before the death.
| July 31, 2012
Teenage Bottlerocket | Freak Out!
Fat Wreck Chords (2012)
Man, how old are the dudes in Teenage Bottlerocket by now?
| July 24, 2012
Purity Ring | Shrines
Ever imagined what it would be like to hear an angel-voiced woman recite a book of fairy tales in the back of a nightclub at 2 am as drowsy synth lines float through the speakers?
| July 17, 2012
The pop wilderness of Beat Connection
Jordan Koplowitz's life — I'm disappointed to discover — was not forever changed by a momentous round of beer pong.
| July 06, 2012
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