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by PopMatters Staff

23 Jun 2009

A rather opaque video from the directorial vision of Clyde Petersen.

by Sarah Zupko

23 Jun 2009

Where last week was a major drought, save for some stellar Americana from Ha Ha Tonka, this week is an embarrassment of riches. Even records that wind up being a disappointment like Mars Volta’s latest are still worth a listen or two. The week is packed with the sort of stuff that makes indie fans salivate (Sunset Rubdown, Dinosaur Jr., Tortoise), while still offering solid choices for middle of the road rock fans with new platters from Pete Yorn, the Gossip (digital only until October), the Lemonheads and Cheap Trick.

Dinosaur Jr. - Farm: J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph resurrected the original band line-up in 2007 for the critically acclaimed Beyond and they have stuck with it. Leaving the majors behind for a respected indie label, Jagjaguwar, the group continues their anthemic sound, underpinned by J Mascis’ guitar hero riffs.

The Mars Volta - Octahedron: The former members of At the Drive-In continue their prog rock explorations, albeit at a lower volume and slower pace. Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala have both labeled the album their “acoustic” effort that, while not entirely accurate, does hint at the intent here.

by PopMatters Staff

23 Jun 2009

Fantasies finds Metric and their illustrious front woman at a pivotal moment in their career. “If I stumble/Their gonna eat me alive,” Haines confesses on album opener “Help, I’m Alive”. The LP follows suit with this type of self-effacing frankness, but goes a long way in not abandoning its more labored pathos.—Daniel Rivera

by PopMatters Staff

23 Jun 2009

Sonic Youth ripped through “No Way” off their latest album The Eternal last night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. Zach Schonfeld called the song, “a fantastic Thurston Moore contribution that seems to marry this record’s driving rock foundation to Rather Ripped’s vivid melodicism.”

by PopMatters Staff

23 Jun 2009

Punk legend Iggy Pop jammed with big beat master Fatboy Slim last night on Letterman’s show.

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