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How To Destroy Angels | Welcome Oblivion

Columbia (2013)
Whereas the monsters and ghosts of NIN songs can scream in your face and rip you to bits with their fangs, Welcome Oblivion tracks like techno-folk haunter "Ice Age" and the doom-pop jaunt "How Long?" make uncredited cameo appearances in your nightmares until you go insane and eat your own hands.
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 13, 2013


The Mary Onettes | Hit the Waves

Labrador (2013)
Hit the Waves is so heartfelt as a pastiche of '80s alternative music that it almost muscles its way into being brilliant.
By: JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 13, 2013


Marnie Stern | The Chronicles of Marnia

Kill Rock Stars (2013)
In the arena of charming and entertaining indie-music figures, Marnie Stern stands unopposed.
By: REYAN ALI  |  March 13, 2013


Dylan Sevey & the Gentlemen let loose and roll with it

Open invitation to Join the Club
Dylan Sevey and the Gentlemen have been on the local scene for just one year, but the dapper rock/pop/barroom blues quintet are sounding wise beyond their years on the new debut album Join the Club .
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  March 06, 2013

From Cactus Attack to Snow Plows

Spring ahead!
Last call for three good gigs going down on THURSDAY (the 7th): the DENNIS McCARTHY BAND visits Nick-a-Nee's (21+ and no cover, 401.861.7290).


The Men | New Moon

Sacred Bones (2013)
They're just a band, they insist; they didn't realize that a name as authoritative as the Men makes a band look, well, definitive and self-important.
By: DAN WEISS  |  March 06, 2013


Pissed Jeans | Honeys

Sub Pop (2013)
On one hand, the album is a dazed Frankenstein's monster — the frantically paced "Health Plan" shows half-man, half-creature savagery.
By: PERRY EATON  |  March 06, 2013


The Virgins | Strike Gently

Cult Records (2013)
After a half-decade of semi-obscurity, frontman Donald Cumming is redefining his band as the hipster sultans of swing.
By: RYAN REED  |  March 06, 2013


THR33 Piece Suit finds the perfect fit on Brand New Vintage

THR33 is the magic number
Last year, Rhode Island rhyme vets Chachi Carvalho and Swann Notty teamed up with producer/beat composer J. DePina to form THR33 Piece Suit.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 27, 2013

From Detroit Rebellion to Ed O.G.!

Forward, March
Last call for a double-stacked THURSDAY (the 28th).
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 27, 2013


Atoms for Peace | AMOK

XL (2013)
Kid A , Radiohead's confounding electro-rock masterpiece, is officially hitting puberty.
By: RYAN REED  |  February 26, 2013


Torres | Torres

Self-released (2013)
Twenty-two-year-old Mackenzie Scott's homemade music floats somewhere between the cathedral jangle of 10,000 Maniacs and the buzzy churn of EMA.
By: DAN WEISS  |  February 26, 2013


Shout Out Louds | Optica

Merge Records (2013)
Stockholm's Shout Out Louds have always been a curious but consistent act.
By: MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 26, 2013


Theo Martins offers a guided tour of Wonderland

All killer, no filler
Make tracks to the PVD Social Club next week and welcome back acclaimed wordsmith Theo Martins, as the South Provy native returns for his first show since taking his talents to Los Angeles around a year ago.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 20, 2013

Courageous Men and Mighty Good Boys

Mix it up
On THURSDAY (the 21st) it's last call for local singer/songwriters IAN FITZGERALD and lovely songbird ALLYSEN CALLERY at Aldrich House (110 Benevolent St., PVD), while HOPE ANCHOR (75orLess Records) plays the Parlour on North Main St (formerly the Penalty Box, 401.383.5858).


Atlas Genius | When It Was Now

Warner Bros (2013)
Atlas Genius are schooled students of modern pop architecture, seamlessly bouncing from Coldplay-styled acoustic rock to fizzy Phoenix funkiness to deadpanned Strokes-ian guitar chug. But When It Was Now is more like an alt-pop NOW compilation than a joyous synthesis.
By: RYAN REED  |  February 20, 2013


Beach Fossils | Clash The Truth

Captured Tracks (2013)
Last year in an interview with the Phoenix , Dustin Payseur of Beach Fossils said his sophomore album would be inspired by "a lot of frustration from a lot of different sources."
By: LIZ PELLY  |  February 20, 2013


Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds | Push The Sky Away

Bad Seed Ltd. (2013)
Much like the similarly low-key The Boatman's Call , Cave's highly anticipated 15th album with the Bad Seeds manages the puzzling feat of making a great band seem inconsequential, if not entirely absent.
By: ZETH LUNDY  |  February 20, 2013


More eccentric wordplay from ESH the Monolith

Naturally complicated
ESH the Monolith excels in the art of wordplay, slyly slinging pop culture references and rewind-that-back double entendres and metaphors drawn up for the purpose of next-level braggadocio.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 12, 2013

Shove the shovel

Dig out and dig in this weekend
Last call to get your sexy ass to the Parlour on Valentine's Day THURSDAY (the 14th) and get your grind on with BOO CITY and THE SILKS; dial 401.383.5858 for details.
By: CHRIS CONTI  |  February 12, 2013


Iceage | You're Nothing

Matador Records (2013)
There's something intriguing about the ways Copenhagen punk band Iceage seem simultaneously to care so much and so little.
By: LIZ PELLY  |  February 11, 2013

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