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What's F'n Next? | Heaven's Gate


After disbanding his punky noise-pop four-piece Sweet Bulbs last year, guitarist Mike Sheffield dove right into assembling his new Brooklyn band Heaven's Gate by having them open a show he'd already booked for touring friends.
By LIZ PELLY  |  December 03, 2012
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What’s F’n next: Tanlines


The formation of Tanlines was as inevitable as it was organic.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 16, 2012
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What's F'n Next: Squarehead (Dublin, Ireland)


On a sunny autumn afternoon on a side street in Brooklyn, I sit outside on a rickety black staircase with Squarehead, chatting about their week.
By LIZ PELLY  |  November 01, 2012
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What's F'n Next? DIIV


Zach Cole Smith is grappling with extremes.
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 19, 2012
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Yeasayer engage their psychedelic realm

Brooklyn bounce
When Googling Yeasayer bassist Ira Wolf Tuton, autocomplete brings up this search: "Ira Wolf Tuton girlfriend."
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  August 28, 2012
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Fang Island | Major

 Sargent House (2012)
Although I admit that I was won over when I saw that their press photo is an Olan Mills portrait, I am happy to report that Major is pretty incredible.
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 24, 2012
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Hitting the road to discover the region's best eats

Food tripping
It's fair to say we're spoiled by choice in Boston, as far as eating goes.
By CASSANDRA LANDRY  |  July 27, 2012
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DIIV | Oshin

Captured Tracks (2012)
On the debut LP by Brooklyn four-piece DIIV (formerly known as Dive, but still pronounced the same way), frontman and songwriter Zachary Cole Smith drifts between the dark and dreamy, channeling bits of new wave, '80s indie-pop, and Krautrock with ethereal instrumentals and reverb-drenched vocals.
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 10, 2012
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Friends | Manifest!

Fat Possum
With their debut full-length, Brooklyn pop quintet Friends have released the best pop album of the summer.
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 03, 2012
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Liars | WIXIW

Mute (2012)
The sixth full-length from Brooklyn band Liars is an album in the sense that it's been recorded, has a release date, and is worth a review. But with so much improperly used space and so few tangible ideas, the result doesn't feel like an actual album as much as it does a decent demo.
By REYAN ALI  |  June 05, 2012
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Enjoying Friends with benefits

Radical vibes
When I first came upon the video for "I'm His Girl" by the Brooklyn pop quintet Friends, my mind had already been stuck on the idea of liberation for the better part of a week.
By LIZ PELLY  |  April 02, 2012
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The quiet side of A Place To Bury Strangers

Sonic bids
When you are surrounded with those jagged barbs of sheer bloody noise for the first time, do you run for the hills or continue to stick your head in the acid bath? It only takes a few seconds of luxuriating in the stinging audio hailstorm that is A Place To Bury Strangers to know how a young Oliver Ackermann reacted to the noise threshold test.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 27, 2012
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Lessons from Captured Tracks at SXSW

On and off Sixth Street
For those going to SXSW to discover young artists at the beginnings of their careers, the epicenter of the megafest has moved.
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 21, 2012
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The Men | Open Your Heart

Sacred Bones (2011)
The Men — a four-piece post-punk band that began playing Brooklyn basements and national self-booked tours in 2008 — have accomplished a feat.
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 21, 2012
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Ava Luna | Ice Level

Infinite Best (2011)
Ava Luna is an experiment in off-kilter pop songcraft that melds R&B, soul, and synth-funk into an unusual shade of noisy post-punk gold.
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 28, 2012
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At home with Sharon Van Etten

Lady and her Tramp
Sharon Van Etten is peeling an orange in her South Brooklyn apartment.
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 15, 2012
Onwards to the Wall - Review

A Place to Bury Strangers | Onwards to the Wall

Dead Oceans (2012)
Onwards to the Wall clocks in at 16 minutes and 35 seconds, and it could shatter into smithereens at any moment.
By REYAN ALI  |  January 24, 2012
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Hospitality | Hospitality

Merge (2012)
On their homonymous debut, Hospitality sound like 800 different trendy bands at once (from Twin Sister to Tennis to TV on the Radio), so if it's pure originality you're after, you've come to the wrong department.
By RYAN REED  |  January 24, 2012
Tribute to God of Carnage

Huntington pays tribute to God of Carnage

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If Lord of the Flies wanted an upscale-urban bookend, it could do worse than God of Carnage (presented by the Huntington Theatre Company at the BU Theatre through February 5).
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  January 18, 2012
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Review: Pariah

Dee Rees's first feature
Compared to the non-stop trauma of Precious , or even Gun Hill Road , Dee Rees's first feature plays like an episode of The Cosby Show .
By PETER KEOUGH  |  January 03, 2012
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Caveman | Coco Beware

Magic Man! Records/ORG Music (2011)
Hold up on that Brooklyn backlash just yet, there's still some sweet music coming out of the trendiest and most despised of the five boroughs.
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 16, 2011
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The Vandelles ride a different kind of wave

Technicolor noir
If you were listening to the audio version of this interview, you might find yourself sifting through lots of reverb and the rumble of a passing motorcycle.
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 05, 2011
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Das Racist | Relax

Greedhead (2011)
They still have jokes for days, but lyrical dexterity has taken precedence on their debut LP.
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  September 20, 2011
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The improbable rise of We Are Augustines

Comfort music
With new management, new supporters, and the same Pela fans, We Are Augustines remain a work in progress.  
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 22, 2011
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Newton's New Art Center exposes heavy metal from within

The black art
Named for a Candlemass song, staged in a former church, and curated by a pair of noise-loving MassArt grads, the upcoming group show "We Still See the Black" brings a thunderous charge of wrathful, subtle, beguiling, and teeming contemporary art to Newton's New Art Center beginning September 15.  
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  August 24, 2011
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Active Child | You Are All I See

Vagrant Records (2011)
Pat Grossi used to be a choirboy, which is not surprising at all, given that his full-length debut under the Active Child moniker sounds like it was cut in some sort of dimly lit, hallowed hall under the cover of night.
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 16, 2011
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Random Axe | Random Axe

Duck Down (2011)
It's no wonder that it takes a 10-ton Uzi to get rap fans psyched about posse cuts these days.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 12, 2011
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The Ladybug Transistor create a new pop shade

Growth spurts
Brooklyn might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about overgrown blooms and country air. But for the past 16 years, Gary Olson of the Ladybug Transistor has made the city parks and street-lined canopies of Flatbush his own private garden.  
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  June 29, 2011
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Review: White Irish Drinkers

John Gray's semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale
Writer/director John Gray's debut feature is a solid indie effort, a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age tale set in Brooklyn circa 1975.
By PEG ALOI  |  March 25, 2011
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The World/Inferno Friendship Society | The Anarchy and the Ecstasy

Chunksaah Records (2011)
Jack Terricloth once likened playing in a band to being married and having a full-time job. Hence, his World/Inferno Friendship Society fashion themselves a kooky circus punk co-op, not a band.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  March 17, 2011

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