Hurray For The Riff Raff have had a good year. They’ve put out an album of covers called My Dearest Darkest Neighbor, got signed to ATO and had HearYa recognize their error for ignoring their 2011 release, Look Out Mama. Tough to tell what was the most exciting but I am going to guess it [...]
Derek BelchanIf you thought that unclassifiable Montreal-Toronto outfit Yamantaka//Sonic Titan would have difficulty following up their utterly 2011 debut YT//ST, that their blend of prog-rock, Japanese opera, and metal amongst manyShow More Summary
In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Bret Easton Ellis, Kate Christensen, Kevin Brockmeier, George Pelecanos, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee...
Peter Ellenby2013 marks the tenth anniversary of all kinds of things – the US invasion of Iraq, Lost In Translation, the passing of both Johnny and June Carter Cash – but also the debut of a television show called The O.C. which hand to god I have never watched but know of because it catapulted […]
Sabine ScheckelWith all due respect to Mark Van Hoen and Nick Holton and their works with Seefeel and Holton’s Opulant Oog, respectively, it’s entirely reasonable to discuss Stars Are Our Home, the debut album from England’s Black Hearted Brother, almost entirely in terms of Neil Halstead. Because not only is it Halstead’s work in Slowdive, […]
I resisted Lucius for as long as I could. I originally thought they were some kind of a hipster schtick act due to the matching outfits and retro girl-group influence. I reluctantly caught a set in SXSW and reluctantly enjoyed it. Still wasn’t really sold as anything more than a quick flash but then this [...]
Famous Postal Service plagiarist Adam Young, bka Owl City, has some new original material under his belt and it comes in the form of the iOS7 update ringtone refresh. The information was revealed by the Apple news blog 9to5 Mac, who picked it up from the discography section of Young’s website, but has since been [...]
Vampire Weekend were always a group of guys with tastes beyond indie rock — hell, “Step” is basically an indie rock renovation on an old Souls Of Mischief demo. So with that in mind it’s not too strange for Chris Baio to have a solo dance music project, occasionally putting out EPs in the last [...]
“Sexy Socialite,” the second release from Chromeo’s upcoming White Women, is brimming with bouncy disco buoyancy and lyrics like, “You’re a sexy socialite / I wish you were a socialist / instead of worrying about / your name on the list.” But we’ve heard missives of this sort — being tantalized by a woman’s style, [...]
Every so often, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon will devote an entire week of musical performances to a single legendary artist. This week is Pearl Jam week. In a lot of ways, that’s a total no-brainer; the band just released Lightning Bolt, their 10th album, and they also just celebrated the 20th anniversary of their [...]
The first Shins album, 2001?s Oh, Inverted World, was a collection of effortlessly punchy pop-rock and warm-blooded balladry, but its frayed nerves and plucky resolve were softened by mid-fi reverb haze. It was a mirage, the New Mexico desert’s best evidence that life is but a dream — and not just that gorgeously cooing, tambourine-tapping, [...]
Basia Bulat - "Never Let Me Go". I give you this song, but I ask you to set it free. Don't trap it in cozy headphones or little laptop speakers - let it out into the air, through a...
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Back in July, Hunx and His Punx released a new full-length, Street Punk via Hardly Art. Following the “video trilogy” the band already released, now Hunx has shared a new video for “You Think You’re Tough,” directed by Dan Shaw, brother of Shannon Shaw from Shannon and the Clams. Check it out below. Street Punk [...]
FacebookHaving found their prescription of music, art, film, dance, food, and community to have been wholly effective at warding off the Winter blues, local hardcore heroes and good citizens Fucked Up have announced a second edition of the Long Winter arts series, set to take place monthly from November 2013 through March 2014. Though Fucked […]
Young Galaxy - "Talk To Her". Young Galaxy cut one of my favourite Ultramarine songs from their final edit of the album. "Talk To Her" is too sentimental, maybe; too on-the-nose. But for me the beauty of it is...
Chris McAndrewThough I already celebrated the existence of Trans – all-caps is about as excited as I get online, I’ll have you know – I only recently got a hold of Red, the first in a series of EPs from Bernard Butler – ex of Suede and, in an informal poll of me, greatest guitarist […]
Jed DeMossYou’ll probably hear a lot about how cool Psychic – the debut album from Darkside, project of electronic artist Nicolas Jaar and multi-instrumentalist Dave Harrington – before long, if you haven’t already. Probably about how it moves from baroque classicism to ambient electronica to modern blues to fractured R&B with cinematic pans and wipes, […]
The picture above, or any still image for that matter, doesn’t quite get across what’s going on this video for “Young,” by The Paper Kites (who recently got attention for their cover of Disclosure’s “Help Me Lose My Mind“). Cutting through different shots of peoples faces at a blinding speed, you start to pick up [...]
Frank YangWhen you reach a certain age and/or have blogged for a certain amount of time, the years do tend to blur together some. For example, I couldn’t believe that it was just four years between when I first saw a mostly-unknown Basia Bulat playing in a little basement tavern on Rue Saint-Denis at Pop […]