Recent Articles

Amen Dunes at 285 Kent, Brooklyn, 2.23.12

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Damon McMahon’s current band, Amen Dunes, has a name that perfectly encapsulates the odd, secretive majesty of their music. I must admit, I hadn’t seen Damon perform since before he moved to China three years ago and his latest project, an intense trio, is even more all-encompassing than the last…

24 Feb 2012 | More

Sleigh Bells ‘Reign of Terror’

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It hurt like going to the dentist, except that your dentist was Kanye West, except that Kanye West was produced by Crystal Castles, except that Crystal Castles has just revealed that they had been borne of the ashes and silt of the krautrock scene. My expectations and excitement were through the roof for this album, so it was easy to be let down (I was indeed). For all of the school-shooter imagery, the whole thing felt a little wrist-slashy…

21 Feb 2012 | More

‘WeAreTheWorksInProgress’ Japan Benefit Compilation (Sylvian, Maus, Dreijer Anderson)

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The particularly freezing, slow ambiance on display here will heighten your synesthesia, without a doubt. The tones bleed together like oils on an expressionist palette, and you see them moving towards an abstract canvas to create a vivid image of raw, if subdued, emotion. Curated with expertise, the fade is perfect…

9 Feb 2012 | More

Prinzhorn Dance School – ‘Clay Class’

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The cover art of Clay Class is a hint of the rich starkness inside. Cleverly named British duo Prinzhorn Dance School, (made up of Tobin Prinz and Suzi Horn), delivers a visceral slice of life with a slick bleakness that hasn’t reared its head this seductively since the first days of post-punk. This isn’t a dig; I’m addicted.

2 Feb 2012 | More

The Futuristic Psychedelia and Research Methods of Kasabian

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This week, I had a chance to chat with Kasabian’s always-guitarist, sometimes-vocalist, songwriter Sergio Pizzorno. The chatty, upbeat Brit made for one of the easiest interviews I ever got, connecting all of the dots between my less connected stream of questions (we had to make the best of just a couple of minutes)…

30 Jan 2012 | More

Album Reviews

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Anomie Belle – ‘Machine’

7 Dec 2011
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Zomby – ‘Dedication’

2 Dec 2011
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The Duke Spirit – ‘Bruiser’

23 Nov 2011
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Tulipomania – ‘The Whispering Campaign’

14 Oct 2011
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S.C.U.M – ‘Again Into Eyes’

14 Oct 2011

Live Reviews

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Howler Blasts Death By Audio to Smithereens, They Wish: 1.19.12

21 Jan 2012
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Anna Calvi, Eleanor Friedberger, New Moods at BV Holiday Party 12.13.11

14 Dec 2011
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The Weakerthans at Bowery Ballroom, NYC, 12.07.11

14 Dec 2011
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Bleeding Knees Club Sneers at Us for IAMSOUND’s CMJ 2011 Showcase

21 Oct 2011
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Weekend Play Cameo for MTV Hive: Weird Vibes and Popgun Presents

21 Oct 2011