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Of Montreal to Dance Across the World with a Winter Tour

of Montreal’s glamtastic and ground-breaking latest release, Skeletal Lamping, continues to receive kudos from critics and fans far and wide.  …Read the Rest

30 Dec 2008 | More

Chester French: Hip-hop, Academia and Six-Minute Abs

D.A. Wallach and Max Drummey are pushing boundaries – combining wit, intellect and an undeniable penchant for art-pop, their duo, Chester French, is fashioning their own musical canon. With a myriad of different sounds ranging from Motown and power pop to retro-pop to hip-hop, Chester French combines the strongest facets of the music into one kaleidoscope of sensibility and diversity.

20 Dec 2008 | 3 comments | More

Love Is All: Love and Insomnia

Love Is All’s latest release, A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night, is is a devilishly contagious amalgam of pop and punk, done sublimely, as only this bustling Swedish five-piece can. Seeing them live, whether at a secret show inside a remote Brooklyn gallery or at a proper downtown venue, confirms them as all the more flawless, since one of the best facets of their music stems from the band’s quirky collective personality.

20 Dec 2008 | 1 comment | More

Raveonettes Cap Productive Year with Holiday EP and Winter Dates

Had the lusciously incendiary Lust Lust Lust been the Raveonettes’ only musical output in 2008, fans and critics alike would still consider the year a success for Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo.

20 Dec 2008 | More

TSOOL Return in March with ‘Communion’

After a four-year wait, fans of Sweden’s The Soundtrack of our Lives can breathe a sigh of relief as the band comes roaring back on March 3, 2009 with its 2-disc, 24-track Communion.

20 Dec 2008 | More

Living Things at Mercury Lounge, NYC 12.17.08

Livings Things are back on the New York scene and we were lucky enough to catch them this week at …Read the Rest

19 Dec 2008 | More

Late of the Pier: Glitter Done Right

Sitting in the Astralwerks boardroom is a huge poster of The B-52’s. Bassist Andrew Faley sits admiring the wacky disco-pop veterans with synth wiz (and longtime friend) Sam Potter. I can already see the band’s outlandish personalities that inject Late of the Pier with massive dosages of Ritalin to produce a sound that is infused with psych/synth/glam/electro, that is overflowing on their mega debut, Fantasy Black Channel.

17 Dec 2008 | More

Beach House at Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, 12.09.08

Beach House are a band for all seasons.  The first time we saw them was in the blazing sun at …Read the Rest

15 Dec 2008 | 1 comment | More

Ladyhawke – ‘Ladyhawke’

What better a way to end the year than reviewing my newest obsession – Ladyhawke (aka Pip Brown). This Kiwi-cum-Londoner has become 2008’s answer to Annie (and dare I say better?). Playing four instruments on the album, she is clearly not just fiddling around with a synthesizer and striking a pose…

15 Dec 2008 | More

Husband & Knife – ‘An End’

Following up the brilliant 2006 debut Welcome Back to the Nothingness of Your Life, Husband & Knife (aka KC Spidle) returns with the beautifully brooding An End. Continuing to strike an evocative balance between raw emotion and hauntingly delicate delivery, An End mesmerizes the listener with its ability to cloak its sad, seedy explorations in swathes of dreamy meltdowns.

15 Dec 2008 | More