Sunday, April 28 2013
Tobin Sprout has been one of the most important songwriting voices for a long while, part of Guided By Voices' "classic lineup" if you will. Now, with the band's fourth post-reunion album just getting released, Sprout talks to PopMatters about why he left the band to begin with, being inspired by Brian Epstein's death, and his surprising side-career with children's literature.
Thursday, October 25 2012
Before the release schedule becomes all about Christmas albums and deluxe box sets, November offers enough long-awaited albums and under-the-radar gems to hold you over for the holidays.
Sunday, June 6 2010
Tonight I will go belly-up in some kind of mental cloud, a meandering consideration of what tribute shows are really about, and why Guided by Voices deserves one, and what they were really about -- and that will lead to thoughts about prophecy and nihilism and Ralph Waldo Emerson and postmodernism.
Wednesday, May 1 2013
English Little League just misses greatness, but if it's not the best album they've put out since early 2012, it's certainly the most interesting, the most willing to take risks.
Wednesday, June 13 2012
Guided By Voices are two-thirds of the way through their 2012 LP releases with Class Clown Spots a UFO, which is their best full-length in quite some time.
Wednesday, January 11 2012
Everything about this album -- from the murky sound to the youthful energy -- feels "classic", but in the end the material itself is merely solid.
Sunday, October 17 2010
It wasn’t difficult to see that the primary thing that has made past shows great, Robert Pollard’s quirky personality, continues to permeate the most recent sets with greatness.
Sunday, February 21 2010
Sorry Guided By Voices fans, but there's no nice way to put it: this tedious, bewildering, and often unwatchable collage of rare home video footage of Dayton's favorite indie rock heroes is just flat out terrible.
Friday, July 23 2010
This whole lo-fi thing, in its current form, is an affectation—a performance, a pose, the indie community’s response to “Vogue”. And this upcoming Guided By Voices tour will only enhance the performative aspects of the supposedly authentic aesthetic they have been championed for canonizing.