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Geoff Nelson
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Geoff Nelson is a Brooklyn, NY music journalist who writes for a variety of publications including Impose Magazine and Bowery Presents House List. Someone once told him he emphasizes moments of running and kissing. He wasn’t sure if this was an insult or not. He tweets at and writes the music site; mistakes were made.


Sunday, September 8 2013

What the Folk? When the Traditional Becomes the Counter-Culture

The question of the ubiquity of folk revival is different from how long it will last. Instead, we could be asking whether the Lumineers and Mumford can tear down the establishment when they're in the mainstream.

Wednesday, March 27 2013

Was That It: The Rise and Fall of the Strokes

The sound, the cultural shifts, and the new way of doing business in the Internet-era music industry may have made the Strokes stars in 2001, but also contained the recipe for their undoing. Is Comedown Machine it for the Strokes?

Monday, January 7 2013

The Electric Zoo of Uncritical Good Times

As massive and broadly defined as EDM has become, is it hollow at its center?


Monday, April 7 2014

Future Islands: Singles

The layperson finally arrived to Future Islands, the question was: What would they find here on the beach of the band's new fame?

Wednesday, February 12 2014

Thumpers: Galore

For a moment, the darkness holds at bay and the band colors their world with tropical guitars and chanting vocals, a type of brief bulwark against cold, linear modernity.

Thursday, October 24 2013

Delorean: Apar

A long look in the mirror, the band's fourth record proves an examination of reflection, best where predictable and worst where you see something surprising that doesn't belong.

Sunday, September 22 2013

Chvrches: The Bones of What You Believe

If their failings are failings in the pursuit of greatness, they are forgivable.

Sunday, June 23 2013

Tom Odell: Long Way Down

Sadly, Tom Odell finds himself lost in a sea of himself.


Thursday, July 11 2013

Twin Peaks - "Irene" (stream)

One of the best independent rock songs of 2013, Twin Peaks' "Irene" roots itself in layers of fuzz and reverb effect.

Monday, June 24 2013

Happy Hollows - "Galaxy" (streams)

One of the best bands coming out of LA over the past few years, Happy Hollows return in advance of their next record, Amethyst, with "Galaxy", backing the already riveting and retrofitted "Endless".

Monday, March 25 2013

Keebo - "Native American" / "Tell Me When the Beat Turns On"

London's Keebo channels portions of Warpaint's freezing-cold guitar pop and Best Coast's sun-blasted half-anthems.

Thursday, March 7 2013

Aquilo Create Glittering, Slow-drive Pop with "Calling Me" (stream)

Like a slightly more austere Wildcat! Wildcat!, Britain's Aquilo (or A Q U I L O for maximum visual impact) make a version of this same genre of glittering, slow-drive pop.

Tuesday, February 26 2013

Straight Outta Sheffield Comes Blessa with "Pale" (stream)

A very promising act out of Sheffield, Blessa return with their second single, "Pale".

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