| Feb 3, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Gotye is an Australian experimental pop band who has attracted a huge international following and become an internet sensation....
| Feb 10, 2012
| 4:36 PM
Nominated for contemporary folk album for ‘Helplessness Blues,’ Fleet Foxes is just happy to be part of the group with its classic American sound and contemporary influences....
| Jan 10, 2012
| 7:48 AM
Most of what's written about Keepaway references the band's Williamsburg, N.Y., global positioning and nascent Animal Collective vibe (glad I could work both in here, too), which they've largely outgrown on Black Flute, a full-length album that follows...
| Jul 20, 2011
| 3:31 PM
Peek-A-Boo At Pioneer Court
The controversy surrounding the new 26-foot Marilyn Monroe statue in downtown Chicago's Pioneer Court is swirling through the streets of Chicago and the backrooms of City Hall...and it has more than just Marilyn's over-sized...
| Aug 8, 2011
| 9:28 AM
In the months between the release of Lollapalooza's 2011 lineup, and the festival's 20th anniversary this past weekend, general consensus was that the festival had gone mainstream. The festival's playful title may have felt almost like a smirking misnomer...
| Aug 15, 2011
| 7:35 AM
"It's a return to your New Haven roots," I say.
"I never left my roots!" Mick Barr insists, mock-indignant, by phone from Weehawken, N.J. And it's true, maybe, that you can take the boy out of the Connecticut scene, but —
Eh. Whether it's a...
| Oct 19, 2011
| 12:19 PM
There was a time when you could hear the huge brooding influence of Radiohead on almost every forward-thinking experimentally-inclined band. Now it seems like the more common sonic imprint on many new artists...
| Aug 28, 2012
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America is a loaded word, overwhelming, varied and hard to fully comprehend. It holds different meanings for different people. Naming an album “America” is an automatic (or cheap) way to invoke this set of complicated ideas....
| Jul 17, 2012
| 2:15 PM
Micachu and the Shapes
London art-school sound-collagists Micachu and the Shapes will be the opening act for Animal Collective in the fall. It’s a pretty perfect match, as the band’s newest release of pointillistic junk-...
| Aug 6, 2012
Spoiler alert: Little-known, critically acclaimed early 1970s folk singer Rodriguez is not, contrary to popular belief, dead.
Yet, as chronicled in the Sundance award-winning film “Searching for Sugar Man,” that’s what many fans in...
| May 6, 2010
| 4:35 PM
Multi-day San Francisco music fest Outside Lands today pulled back the curtain on its all-star lineup of designer food and wine. Let's Be Frank, the Vampire Weekend of hot-dog eateries, and Pica Pica Maize Kitchen, which boasts a cachapa aimed......