The New PornographersFor a band with four singers at least that many solo projects, the New Pornographers' fifth album Together sounds pretty ... well, together.
The Canadian collective is a supergroup in almost every sense of the word, and their power-pop adventuring has never felt fresher ... More >>
Zombies, vampires, howls of insanity, cranked up amps and the Fuck Yeah Fest guys-- not your average romp at Chuck E. Cheese.
But when the Texas psych-soul crooner Roky Erickson brought his bizarre and amazing "after school" Ice Cream Social party to the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock on Thursda ... More >>
Lauren ChurchThe crowd for any big reunion tour always draws a mixed crowd, where gray-haired, bearded hippies mingle with shaggy-haired, bearded hipsters, and the audience gathered for last night's show at the Music Box was no different. There seemed a fair combination of dedicated fans and ... More >>
Rapper Talib Kweli and producer Hi-Tek are officially back in business as Reflection Eternal -- a full decade after their first album, Train of Thought. The new Revolutions Per Minute (out this week) might not feel as revolutionary as their debut, but it'll put a smile on the face of anybody ... More >>
Todd WolfsonRoky Erickson with Okkervil RiverEven without its remarkable backstory, Roky Erickson's album with Okkervil River, "True Love Cast Out All Evil," feels like a triumph. Full speed ahead on comeback trail after years lost to drug abuse and mental illness, the 62-year-old songwriter ... More >>
No More Mr. Zombie: Roky Erickson, UnfilteredLocal label Anti- has been steadily ignoring the prophets of doom who claim that the record industry is dead, quietly building instead a very impressive stable of alterna-classic stars. Anti-'s roster already includes Bob Mould, Tom Waits, Os Mutan ... More >>
About a year ago, cult NYC film director Abel Ferrara (Driller Killer, Ms. 45, the OG Bad Lieutenant, The Addiction, etc.) wrapped his indiepunk documentary on the legendary Chelsea Hotel. The film premiered at Cannes last year and is now being gradually unrolled across the US. Ferrara is com ... More >>
Slowly, my brain is slinking its way towards sensible shape. Three days of Coachella are not for the faint of heart -- if nothing else it requires a quarter-ounce of weed, an array of narcotic edibles from potcorn to cannabis cakes, several brightly colored pills of indiscriminate origin, copious ... More >>
Other than freshman Delta Sigma Theta rushes at Cal-State Chico, no substrata of the American population has worse taste in rock than rappers. Sure, your little brother likes Fall Out Boy, but eventually, he's going to grow up and discover The Clash, then weed, then hopefully Junior Murvin and Lee ... More >>
Yeah, so all the silly speculation probably isn't done yet, as Goldenvoice always adds a few heavy-hitters after the initial announcement, but the initial line-up is up. Click through to see it in all it's glory. We'll start analyzing it soon, but for now: Throbbing Gristle! No Pavement?
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Not to be confused with the epic, Eric Roberts, Tae Kwon thriller. 50. Benoit Pioulard-Temper (Kranky)
Have you ever been in one of those nutty meditation classes, where the crackpot instructor tells you to close your eyes and imagine that you're in the middle of a forest? Don't be surprised ... More >>
This should be fantastic tonight: installment five of Dublab After Dark, an ongoing visual extension of the aurally amazing Dublab collective. They explain what will happen tonight better than we could: "The web radio super station your ears love also loves your eyes. This fifth in dublabâ€™s scre ... More >>
Bloggers are every journalist's favorite whipping boy. If a shitty band gets too popular, blame the bloggers. If the standards of professional journalism have eroded too much, blame the bloggers. If by 2010, Vampire Weekend has inspired legions of college freshmen to dress as ironic yachters, bla ... More >>