When I tell Loke Rahbek of the Danish band Vär that their debut LP No One Dances Quite Like Our Brothers (Sacred Bones Records) makes me feel like I’ve just drank a little too much GHB, he tells me he actually likes the description. It makes sense to equate Vär’s dark, sludgy electronic feast to the drug commonly associated with date rape.
“I knew a guy who died from GHB once,” Rahbek says.
I tell him that you have to be ... Read More
Okay, to suggest that Brooklyn band Sharkmuffin has their sights on total world domination may be a stretch. However, their recently released EP, She-Gods of the Champagne Valley, IS the perfect summertime album for girls who dreamed of being Tura Santana when they were little. And whether they're dedicating a single to Pussy Riot, or playing at feminist art houses (hauses?) guitarist Tarra Thiessen and bassist Natalie Kirch have developed a sound that’s raw ... Read More
You know your secret dark place you go to in your mind that feels all comfy and shit despite the cold puddles of despair and dark hallways of longing? (Whoa, Mr. Dramatic.) You know you shouldn’t be lingering there, but like picking a scab or cracking your knuckles, the hurt is just too good. Nadine Shah’s new single “To Be a Young Man” from her forthcoming album Love Your Dum and Mad has received quite the bit of praise from the indie ... Read More
Any music fan worth her salt has a well-worn copy of the Breeders' Last Splash on her shelf. It defies classification--not quite punk, not quite riot grrrl--but it is, without question, iconic.
Packed with delightfully off-kilter noise pop gems, it's an all-time classic of alternative rock. Even the notoriously picky taste arbiters at Pitchfork agree--it's ranked (a shockingly low) 64 on their list of Top 100 Albums of the 1990s.
For the 20th anniversary ... Read More
I was lucky enough to catch the sold-out Little Boots show this past Tuesday night (in my business clothes, no less) , and lemme tell ya, good night, nurse! I strolled into the Music Hall of Williamsburg just as first opening band, Feathers, took the stage. All hail Feathers! They played the hell out of the best songs on their debut album, If All Now Here, filling the hall with their ominous, dance-y sound. I didn’t want it to end, and my only complaint ... Read More
The So So Glos' latest full-length album, Blowout (out now on the band's own label), starts out with a home recording of a boy about seven or eight saying, “Do you think he has a gun? Yes, he shot himself! Well, we’re listening to Nirvana, and as you know Kurt Cobain, POW,” before the Bay Ridge–bred punks fly into opener “Son of an American.”
Singer Alex Levine roars through with a perfect blend of slightly nasal sneering ... Read More
Electronic dance music—otherwise known as EDM—sometimes gets a bad rap, but Miss Kittin’s new album Calling from the Stars is a nonstop dance party. The French femme fatale sounds as sharp as ever. Songs like “Night of Light” and “Tamarin Bay” find Miss Kittin experimenting with various pitches and tempos, all while using her voice as a flexible instrument. “Ballad of the 23rd Century” sounds more like a psychotropic call to action ... Read More
It’s been four long years, but avant-punk trio Yeah Yeah Yeahs has returned with a trippier-than-ever LP to feed your inner art-school weirdo. The psychedelia-infused album pays homage to the band’s punk roots while weaving in the raw intensity of Show Your Bones andIt’s Blitz!-like electronica/dance beats. Mosquito boasts 11 dreamy tracks fueled by Karen O’s fiery yelps, Nick Zinner’s striking guitarwork, and Brian Chase’s complex ... Read More
When it comes to music festivals, there's always Coachella, Austin City Limits and SXSW, but there's one festival I look forward to every year and that's NYC Popfest. If you're a fan of indie pop or just like the idea of a smaller-scale festival with amazing bands, it's definitely a festival you should explore. It takes place May 30th-June 2nd with about 30 bands playing in a variety of NYC venues.
Friends and music lovers gather from all over the world for ... Read More
Sean Tillmann, aka Har Mar Superstar, is a veteran musician who should be more famous than he is, given that he’s a stellar singer/songwriter with a sublime set of pipes. On Bye Bye 17, his fifth album under the Har Mar moniker, Tillmann takes a detour from 2009’s disco-infused Dark Touches and delves into full-on classic R&B, Sam Cooke-style soul, and early ’70s-era Al Green-inspired tunes. On the opener, “Lady, You Shot Me,” bombastic horns ... Read More