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2011 Stories by Chandler Levack

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  • The Lemonheads

    published April 20, 2011

    In the '90s, commonly shirtless rocker Evan Dando set the template for all druggy, actress-courting musicians who followed (yes, he can be blamed... More >>

  • The Smith Westerns

    published April 13, 2011

    Every so often, four underage boys in leather jackets make an album so unforgettable, it changes the way we think about rock 'n' roll. This year,... More >>

  • Sea of Bees

    published April 13, 2011

    Sludgy female singer/songwriters haven't been in vogue for awhile, but 26-year-old Julie Baenziger plans to change that. As Sea of Bees, she uses... More >>

  • Hollerado

    published April 13, 2011

    Hollerado couldn't be more Canadian if they tried. The auditory equivalent of peameal and maple syrup, these four fun-time hosers from Manitock,... More >>

  • Memphis

    published April 6, 2011

    Better known as the froggy, overdramatic male crooner in Stars, Torquil Campbell pairs with New Yorker Chris Dumont for the countrified side... More >>

  • Timber Timbre

    published April 6, 2011

    The ghostly pallor and Lynchian overtones of singer/songwriter Timber Timbre (a/k/a Taylor Kirk) keeps Canada's music scene weird. On his new... More >>

  • Destroyer

    published March 23, 2011

    In the New Pornographers, Dan Bejar wrote the group's most passionate and perturbing songs. His hyper-literate eclectic solo catalogue could... More >>

  • Diamond Rings+PS I Love You

    published March 23, 2011

    Diamond Rings started as the airbrushed side project to Oshawa, Canada's band the D'ubervilles, but it has become a meal ticket for indie rocker... More >>

  • The Dears

    published March 16, 2011

    After years of suffering through piecemeal singles such as "Whites Only Party," sudden lineup changes, and Murray Lightburn's refusal to write... More >>

  • Publicist

    published March 16, 2011

    Music has gotten so meta that Publicist has emerged, a Google-resistant, one-man drum/vocoder synth-plosion by way of Weird War's Sebastian... More >>

  • Crystal Castles

    published March 9, 2011

    We'd be glad to write off Crystal Castles as neon-hoodie-scene succubi, but their second eponymous record was just too sharp, too similar to lucid... More >>

  • New York Dolls

    published March 9, 2011

    These CBGB veterans may be in their sixties, but they can still stomp out some of the most infectious glam-rock anthems in history. New... More >>

  • The Babies

    published March 2, 2011

    Brooklyn's music scene just got a little more incestuous with the formation of the Babies, a lo-fi Americana project composed of Vivian Girls... More >>

  • Grimes+Doldrums

    published February 23, 2011

    After a year of calypso gold, Montreal solo artist Grimes will usher in 2011's newest influence: lo-fi Enya. Her soaring monosyllabic utterings... More >>

  • Tennis

    published February 23, 2011

    For anyone who ever fantasized that She & Him is a real husband/wife duo, meet Tennis. The Denver pair's button-cute beach tunes (inspired by a... More >>

  • Austra

    published February 16, 2011

    Before her transformation into the lustrous blonde Austra, Toronto's Katie Stelmanis was just a brunette with a professional choir background and... More >>

  • Princeton

    published February 16, 2011

    The perfect opener for Vampire Weekend, thanks to their Ivy League namesake and violin-tinged pop ditties, L.A.'s Princeton definitely broke out... More >>

  • Gay for Johnny Depp

    published February 2, 2011

    A hardcore band with a deceptively twee name, Brooklyn bruisers Gay for Johnny Depp release their latest, most vicious LP the night before they... More >>

  • Wayne Shorter Quartet

    published February 2, 2011

    Vanguard tenor saxophonist Wayne Shorter, who wrote classic compositions for Miles Davis before he got funky and Buddhist, takes influence from... More >>

  • Rich Aucoin

    published February 2, 2011

    Halifax, Nova Scotia's Rich Aucoin--a discofied, GQ-friendly Dan Deacon--gets the party started with the help of some bizarre DIY antics.... More >>

  • The Radio Dept.

    published January 26, 2011

    The Radio Dept.'s austere dream-pop always sounded like the auditory equivalent of a Sofia Coppola movie, so no surprise that the Swedish group... More >>

  • Joan Osborne

    published January 26, 2011

    Whether you know Joan Osborne for the religious humanism of "One of Us" or for her fiery cover of "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" from the... More >>

  • 'Personality Crisis'

    published January 19, 2011

    This night, which might originally be construed as a New York Dolls cover band taking the stage at a baseball field, is one big misnomer. Instead,... More >>

  • Marcy Playground

    published January 12, 2011

    Y'all smell sex and what? Though some might write off New York alternative band Marcy Playground as a '97 novelty act, their druggy brand... More >>

  • Tokyo Police Club

    published January 12, 2011

    One of the mid-aughts Toronto indie acts to truly break out, Tokyo Police Club have placed their career on Saddle Creek Records making twinkly,... More >>

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