Children of the '90s ... Remember that awesome alt-rock group The Breeders? Kim Deal of the Pixies started it with her buds, and they had that sick, bass-driven hit "Cannonball." Well, someone did the math, and that song, as well as the Breeders third album, Last Splash, turns 20 in August. Certai ... More >>
Rock 'n' roll is dirty business. It's made of spit and blood and piss and drugs, smeared lipstick and dirty laundry and stale beer. When you're a rock 'n' roller, your hair gets sticky, you smell bad, and you can't remember what day it is. Some would say it's no place for girls, but some would be s ... More >>
Surfer Blood! The West Palm Beach band is currently recording its second full-length slab in California with Gil Norton, a studio pro who's previously produced The Foo Fighters and Counting Crows, as well as the final three albums by The Pixies (with whom the Blood boys toured last year). Given ... More >>
Once upon a time, some kids from West Palm were chilling at an Ultra Music Festival afterparty in Miami, and they started talking about forming an indie rock band. We can't be sure if these guys were sober or not. But thankfully, they were serious, and Surfer Blood went on to create one of 2010' ... More >>
Last.fmRolling Stone created a Queen of Pop Index, ranking the top 16 female pop recording artists of the last two years by examining, according to them, "album and digital song sales, Hot 100 rankings, radio airplay, YouTube views, social media, concert grosses, industry awards, and ... More >>
via rickastley.co.ukOh, Rick Astley, we ain't never gonna give you up!Tribute shows are terrible in so many ways. It's like, If I really wanted to hear that song the way I enjoy hearing it, I'd use my iPod, thank you. But tributes are also fun to watch for their crash-and-burn performances. And so ... More >>
The Chant Two Car Mirage (Safety Net Records) The Chant's Facebook page It is no secret that I usually do these things backwards, starting with third and second releases before tackling debuts. But there's a reason for that approach: I usually do it by matter of personal acquisition. Hence why I ... More >>
Don't get us wrong, we love it when guys, especially big macho meatheads, are caught in public crooning along with Alanis Morrissette's "Ironic," Fiona Apple's "Criminal," or any other song that looks weird coming from a throat with an Adam's apple. But let's be clear. We are laughing at you, not wi ... More >>
Radioboxer With LavolaThe Annex, HialeahSaturday, August 13Better Than: Not going to a warehouse party where Radioboxer and Lavola are going to rock out.The Review:Saturday was keyboardist Gian Nicolaci's birthday, and this week is bassist Jota Dazza's, so naturally, the Radioboxer gang cele ... More >>
Dark Night of the Soul may sound familiar to you. Danger Mouse and iconic filmmaker David Lynch displayed photographs from the illustrated companion book to the album at the O.H.W.O.W. gallery this past Art Basel.The album was set for release last May, but never made it out to record stores. A le ... More >>
Photograph taken by Danny ClinchCage the Elephant's self-titled debut album has held steady on the Billboard 200 chart for 52 consecutive weeks already, and their first single "Ain't No Rest for the Wicked" has a catchy chorus that talks about societal flaws while still showing off their youthful ... More >>
via myspace.com/theblackrabbitsOver the past couple years, much of the American iteration of "indie rock" (or whatever) has gotten mired in a latte-scented puddle of mild psychedelia on one hand, and purposely lo-fi, pedal-doused noise on the other. There's a lot of cool stuff in-between, but wha ... More >>
Surfer Blood, seen above covering Guided by Voices' "Game of Pricks," has quickly become huge. Not Kings of Leon huge, not headlining a North American arena tour huge, or the biggest thing to hit Europe since, well, the euro huge. At least not yet. Stick with huge for a band from West Palm Beach tha ... More >>
Fort Lauderdale-based foursome Fantastic 5 blend indie rock and '90s alternative with echoing guitars, stripped down rock, and grungy vocals, and name The Pixies, Weezer, The Strokes, and Velvet Underground among their musical influences. Their songs vacillate from Nirvana-inspired openi ... More >>
MumpsyThe Orlando InvasionMumpsy, with Surfer Blood and XOXO Saturday, June 14, 2009Propaganda, Lake Worth Better Than: Drinking freshly squeezed OJ with Japanese Tourists. The Review: O-town is famed for being the primary residence of the world's most renowned mouse, and for spewing out annoyingly ... More >>
When you've spent a quarter century reinventing rock music, altering the landscape not only for yourself, but for pretty much every band to come after, releasing a new album can be a tricky affair. It's not just a matter of increased expectations -- of course everyone expects their musical gods to p ... More >>
Commish Joe Sanchez deserves a handshake.
Three more recent Miami releases.
Handicapping MoCA's next Battle of the Bands.
Dave Grohl refuses to take death lying down.
Plastic Army and La Victoria (www.themayfire.com)
93-03 (Cooking Vinyl)
Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (Merge)
Learn to Sing Like a Star (Yep Roc)
Blood Visions (In the Red)
Fastman Raiderman (Back Porch)
Young for Eternity (Sire)
Rising stars in our own back yard
First Against the Wall self-released
In a scandal-ridden election year, the year's top ten music stories were all about winning the popular vote.
The Pixies are reunited, and it feels so good
The Holy Terrors
This Is What It Sounds Like When Youre Dead
The Stop Motion is not afraid of melody
Machete hangs on through all the indie hassles
Pounding down in Lolitaville with the centrifugion of the Terrors