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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.
| December 03, 2012
What’s F’n next: Tanlines
The formation of Tanlines was as inevitable as it was organic.
| November 16, 2012
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.
| November 01, 2012
What's F'n Next? DIIV
Zach Cole Smith is grappling with extremes.
| September 19, 2012
Yeasayer engage their psychedelic realm
When Googling Yeasayer bassist Ira Wolf Tuton, autocomplete brings up this search: "Ira Wolf Tuton girlfriend."
| August 28, 2012
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.
| July 24, 2012
Hitting the road to discover the region's best eats
It's fair to say we're spoiled by choice in Boston, as far as eating goes.
| July 27, 2012
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.
| July 10, 2012
Friends | Manifest!
With their debut full-length, Brooklyn pop quintet Friends have released the best pop album of the summer.
| July 03, 2012
Liars | WIXIW
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.
| June 05, 2012
Enjoying Friends with benefits
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.
| April 02, 2012
The quiet side of A Place To Bury Strangers
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.
| March 27, 2012
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.
| March 21, 2012
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.
| March 21, 2012
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.
| February 28, 2012
At home with Sharon Van Etten
Lady and her Tramp
Sharon Van Etten is peeling an orange in her South Brooklyn apartment.
| February 15, 2012
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.
| January 24, 2012
Hospitality | Hospitality
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.
| January 24, 2012
Huntington pays tribute to God of Carnage
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).
| January 18, 2012
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 .
| January 03, 2012
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.
| November 16, 2011
The Vandelles ride a different kind of wave
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.
| October 05, 2011
Das Racist | Relax
They still have jokes for days, but lyrical dexterity has taken precedence on their debut LP.
MICHAEL C. WALSH
| September 20, 2011
The improbable rise of We Are Augustines
With new management, new supporters, and the same Pela fans, We Are Augustines remain a work in progress.
| September 22, 2011
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.
| August 24, 2011
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.
| August 16, 2011
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.
| July 12, 2011
The Ladybug Transistor create a new pop shade
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.
| June 29, 2011
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.
| March 25, 2011
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.
| March 17, 2011
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