In its recent music issue, Entertainment Weekly declared Baltimore-based dream pop duo Beach House to be one of the 30 greatest bands working today. Though the duo was number 30, the list also included the legendary Bruce Springsteen and pop sensation Adele.
"I saw that thing, and it kinda freaked ... More >>
Photo by Ian WitlenCSS' Lovefoxxx at Ultra 2011.Can CSS be considered electronic music? Barely. Except for a few synthesizers, the band is more about live instrumentation. But it was a welcome relief to ears already tired of the bleeps and bloops that come with attending a festival like Ultra.How ... More >>
Photo by Ivan SantiagoJacuzzi Boys have gone big league. And so it was time for a trip to Glamour Shots.It seems like only yesterday (or a week ago) that we were smiling up at our beloved Jacuzzi Boys while bopping happily through the sparse early evening crowd at the Bruise Cruise Kickoff Party ... More >>
The New PornographersTogether (Matador)It is with a grin and a nodding of heads that the New Pornographers introduce their new album, Together. Unlike their previous effort, Challengers, this album comes in like a lion, eschewing precious and academic pop tunes in favor of a more strident, yet no ... More >>
Quoting Christopher R. Weingarten: Record Store Day AKA "eBay Eve"In our Moving Units column, Mike Ramirez at Fort Lauderdale's Radio-Active Records graciously keeps us up-to-date and comments on the current releases flying out of his store each week.Based upon the amount of this column devoted t ... More >>
photo by Christopher WilsonBen Bridwell's swelling sonic ambitions were apparent from early in his musical career. Now the frontman and main brain behind Band of Horses, as a member of the Seattle indie act Carissa's Wierd, he had a knack for pushing the borders of jangly, somewhat mopey rock tow ... More >>
Yesterday, we asked the copy machine if we could head home early from the office. We're ready for the weekend. Bring on the deep-toned plucks of an upright bass, the rainbow-hued parades and parties, all-you-can-drink beer, a trip to Miami's fabled Cuban food meccas, and a night of indie blues-rock. ... More >>
Last Night: Flight of the ConchordsBetter Than: All the YouTube videos fit to click.By now, fans of HBO's off-kilter, musical comedy series Flight of the Conchords know that its number is up. The Conchords themselves, the duo of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie, walking a nearly-flawless tightrope ... More >>
Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category.
Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen Trapper's fantastic ... More >>