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The Kills, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, A Place to Bury Strangers, Terminal 5, NYC. 8.9.11

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A Place to Bury Strangers and The Kills were the integral raw bookends of tonight’s show, bringing rock back to its primal essence, each band in their singular, stripped bare way.

11 Aug 2011 | More

Death Grips in New York: the Secret Market Hotel Show. 7.22.11

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As the guillotine slams down in three successions, Death Grips starts off ‘Guillotine’ (Yeah) and it feels like the M train had derailed and landed right into our bodies at Market Hotel, the first movie theater in Brooklyn. After that it goes, it goes, it goes; it’s unstoppable. The three men on stage are as driven as if performing is their only chance of survival, with no safety net underneath… Read More

27 Jul 2011 | 1 comment | More

Austra’s Euphoric Precision: A Chat with Katie Stelmanis

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Toronto-based Katie Stelmanis of Austra was one of those precocious kids whose obsession with perfecting any musical instrument she picked up and whose love of singing led to her performing with the children’s choir on vast stages with the Canadian Opera Company.

14 Jul 2011 | More

Planningtorock: In Maximising the Other Self, the Voice Comes Alive

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Planningtorock conjures such ferocious power and wonder in the songs and visuals on her latest album, W, that it seems almost sacrilege to reveal the “secular” name of the artist behind the work. While working as either songwriter, performer, video artist or producer, Janine Rostron constantly pushes the boundaries of gender to transform herself…

23 Jun 2011 | 1 comment | More

The Pains of Being Pure at Heart: The Art of Pop and Being Titanic

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The Pains of Being Pure At Heart are going back to their beginnings this week, playing the sold out Popfest at the intimate basement venue Cake Shop in NYC’s Lower East Side, which ironically, is where I first saw them live during CMJ 2008. It was the moment their buzz was gaining fast…

16 May 2011 | More

Getting Hard Mix

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On March 1st, 2011 Dovecote Records released Hard Mix’s first solo album, Defaults, as a free download. Since then I’ve marked March 1st as Hard Mix day and have succeeded at listening to the album under different circumstances, each time enjoying a different outlandish experience.

11 May 2011 | More

WhoMadeWho: Delving Knee Deep Into the Dark Nerve

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WhoMadeWho is a genre-tripping, Danish dance rock band who may be named after an AC/DC song, which is apropos, since their tight jams and falsetto-strewn choruses would make Angus Young, in his prime, quake with jealousy.

5 Apr 2011 | More

Gary Graham, Imitation, Suzanne Rae: Ukrainian Shepherd to Veronica Lake at NYC Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2011

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The first sinewy beats of “See Birds” by Balam Acab brought models donned in Greasers rock and roll/high rococo black wigs through the off-kilter door and down the wooden plank runway in Graham’s Franklin Street boutique.

21 Feb 2011 | More