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  • Bert Jansch

    published December 8, 2010

    Neil Young has confessed to taking a few plays directly from British folk guitarist Bert Jansch's playbook--see how he jiggered Jansch's "Needle... More >>

  • Bonnie 'Prince' Billy & the Cairo Gang

    published December 1, 2010

    For a man who used to cut solo albums while calling himself the Palace Brothers, Will Oldham (who now cuts 'em as Bonnie 'Prince' Billy) found a... More >>

  • Oren Ambarchi

    published November 24, 2010

    While Australian guitarist/composer Oren Ambarchi is now better known for donning a druid robe and rumbling intestines as a recording member of... More >>

  • Autumn Defense+Johnny Irion & Sarah Guthrie

    published November 3, 2010

    When not traipsing about the world deploying their multi-instrumentalist skills in Wilco, John Stirratt and Pat Sansone go for an even more mellow... More >>

  • 'Fixed Presents Lindstrom'

    published November 3, 2010

    It seems that, with every year, Norwegian electronic music maker Hans-Peter Lindstrom flashes another side of his multifaceted skills. With... More >>

  • Avey Tare Goes Nightswimming

    published October 27, 2010

    Seeing as Animal Collective's Avey Tare (a/k/a Dave Portner) has an e-mail address with "croc" in it, it's not too shocking that Down... More >>

  • Dawes+Vetiver

    published October 27, 2010

    While barely a blip on hip blog radars, Laurel Canyon denizens Dawes have bumped up to bigger venues on the strength of their live show. Dead-on... More >>

  • 'CMJ: Mexican Summer Showcase'

    published October 13, 2010

    Mexican Summer, the eclectic vinyl offshoot of Greenpoint label Kemado, covers a lot of ground tonight. Since leaving New York for the foggy... More >>

  • Deerhunter

    published October 6, 2010

    Since breaking out in 2007, Atlanta's Deerhunter have been beholden to the blurry, feedback haze of '90s college rock. But what makes their latest... More >>

  • This Is Why Nine 11 Thesaurus Are Hot

    published September 22, 2010

    In summer 2009, a concise little EP with the unwieldy title Representing NYC Presents: Da' Brats From Da' Ville Featuring the Fly Girlz... More >>

  • 'The Bunker Presents Mount Kimbie'

    published September 22, 2010

    Although their name suggests massive peaks, Mount Kimbie's Dom Maker and Kai Campos really craft music more kin to foothills, creeks, and little... More >>

  • Caribou

    published September 15, 2010

    Over the past decade, Caribou's Dan Snaith has proven himself able to transcend the strictures of IDM, wandering through sunny '60s psychedelic... More >>

  • Highlife+Janka Nabay

    published September 8, 2010

    It was slightly disingenuous to have Sleepy Doug Shaw's new recording project, Highlife, open up for South Africa's BLK JKS last year. Whereas... More >>

  • !!! Do Berlin

    published August 25, 2010

    "Jack London said, 'You can't wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club,'" says !!! frontman Nic Offer, relaxing in a South... More >>

  • Stilove4music Loft Party

    published August 18, 2010

    Just by looking at Stilove4music's releases thus far (usually black labels with no info whatsoever), it may be hard to figure just what lies... More >>

  • Hot Chip+Hercules & Love Affair

    published July 27, 2010

    One Life Stand found Hot Chip embracing both old-school acid and phone-it-in-era Nilsson and, not surprisingly, it resulted in a... More >>

  • 'Sunday Best Presents Alex from Tokyo'

    published July 6, 2010

    Funny thing about DJ/producer Alex From Tokyo is that, despite projects named Tokyo Black Star and the like, he's actually based in NYC. But it's... More >>

  • Jamie Lidell Stops Overdoing It

    published May 25, 2010

    The bad news is that Jamie Lidell's most soulful, weird, and ecstatic turn this year does not occur on Compass, the scruffy and... More >>

  • The Toxic Joys of Sunday Best

    published May 25, 2010

    "I'm a reformed '90s raver," confesses DJ Doug Singer. "So dance parties for me used to be hundreds of people gathering at random spots and... More >>

  • 'Sunday Best Presents Michael Mayer'

    published May 25, 2010

    While Sunday Best—the summertime dance party that convenes on the fetid banks of the Gowanus Canal—has had some heavyweights on its... More >>

  • 'Silver Apples+Oneida with the Joshua Light Show'

    published May 11, 2010

    Don't call it a comeback, either for Simeon Coxe III's Silver Apples or for the Joshua Light Show; never mind that the East Village scene that... More >>

  • Willie Nelson

    published May 4, 2010

    On the cover of his 1965 album Country Willie, short-haired, clean-shaven Nashville songwriter Willie Nelson can be seen scrawling his name... More >>

  • Gang Gang Dance

    published April 20, 2010

    It's tough to surmise just what Brooklyn's artiest (and perhaps least motivated ensemble Gang Gang Dance is up to these days. Sure, the... More >>

  • 'Wordless Music Presents Arp & Anthony Moore'

    published April 6, 2010

    In the mid-1970s, British musician Anthony Moore had a big hand in melding the playful prog of his homeland to the krautrock being churned out in... More >>

  • 'Wordless Music Series Presents Flying Lotus & Kode9'

    published March 24, 2010

    For a man obsessed with a whiplash breakbeat style he deems "retro-futurism," the present looks pretty sweet for Flying Lotus. After a debut that... More >>

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