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Tuesday, April 14 2015

Talking "Method" Recording and Youthful Delusions with the Manic Street Preachers

For the first time in the band's history, Manic Street Preachers will bring the politically charged post-punk of their 1994 LP The Holy Bible in its entirety to American audiences.


Sunday, August 17 2014

Wig in a Nutshell: An Interview with Stephen Trask Co-Creator of 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch'

Hedwig and the Angry Inch co-creator and songwriter Stephen Trask animatedly answers questions about the production’s success on Broadway and more.


Thursday, July 24 2014

Just Hate Nostalgia: Revisiting the Misanthropic Genius of Luke Haines

The Auteurs transcend the music of their time and place and subvert the notion of Britpop, Britishness, and the whole darkness of humanity.


Monday, June 23 2014

At the Core: An Interview with The Antlers

The Antlers' multi-instrumentalist Darby Cicci and singer/lyricist Peter Silberman speak with us about the process of creation, keeping your emotions genuine, and why their music is good for cooking to.


Tuesday, June 3 2014

For All the Misfits and the Losers: 'Hedwig and the Angry Inch' Brings the Underdog to Broadway

That Hedwig is claiming so much success without losing its more challenging aspects and picking up “quadruple threat” Neil Patrick Harris in the process is nothing short of a miracle.


Reviews

Thursday, March 19 2015

The Pop Group Brings Funky Disco Social Criticism to Brooklyn - 16 March 2015

Hearing the Pop Group in action in the present day makes you wish bands that are half the Pop Group’s age would try harder.


Sunday, March 1 2015

Grooms: Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair

Although Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair has a fairly distinct color scheme, it deviates enough to resist the pastel end of the indie rock rainbow.


Tuesday, February 10 2015

Luke Haines: Adventures in Dementia

A "micro opera" involving a Mark E Smith impersonator, caravan holidays, and British fascist punks upholds Haines's reputation as a singular songwriter.


Sunday, January 18 2015

The Saints: King of the Sun / King of the Midnight Sun

King of the Sun and King of the Midnight Sun are both fine records, but not quite the Saints at their finest.


Tuesday, January 13 2015

The Legendary Pink Dots: 12 Steps Off the Path

A compilation that highlights all things Legendary Pink Dots. It’s dark and filled with esoteric mystique, it’s loud, it’s psychedelic, it’s synthy, it’s gothy, and it’s still more thrilling today than many of the most hotly praised albums of the year.


Automat: Automat [11.Dec.14]
Hurts: Exile [18.Mar.13]
Foals: Holy Fire [13.Feb.13]
Beak>: >> [8.Jul.12]
Cate Le Bon: Cyrk [17.Jan.12]
Herzog: Search [12.Jul.11]

Blogs

Monday, December 8 2014

The Indelicates Release Virtual Reality Single, "The Generation That Nobody Remembered"

British punk/folk/ cabaret duo the Indelicates have always been ahead of the curve when it comes to releasing music in the digital age, and "The Generation That Nobody Remembered" is no exception.


Monday, December 1 2014

Support DIY Venues With Air Balloon Tapes: Compilation 2

With DIY venues falling like dominoes across Brooklyn, showing support for off the beaten path gig spaces has become a worthier act than ever.


Monday, November 24 2014

Madam West - "Symbols" (video)

Madam West are a New York-based quartet with a penchant for electronics and trip-pop fusion.


Thursday, November 6 2014

Tits of Clay's Memorial for Lou Reed: 27 October 2014 - Mercury Lounge, NYC

Tits of Clay and Hedwig co-creator Stephen Trask paid tribute to the passing of Lou Reed with a performance of Transformer.


Monday, October 6 2014

Tinariwen - "Arhegh Danagh" (video) (Premiere)

The Saharan band Tinariwen have been going strong since coming to international acclaim in the late ‘90s, playing the largest music festivals in the world and receiving a Grammy in 2012 for the album Tassili.


Cate Le Bon: 24.Mar.2010 - New York (Notes from the Road) [29.Mar.10]

News

Thursday, August 23 2012

All Tomorrow's Parties: I'll Be Your Mirror USA 2012 (Preview)

The second annual festival -- curated this year by Afghan Whig's Greg Dulli -- promises to be a diverse and epic event. It takes place in New York City from the 21st to the 23rd of September.


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