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  • 7 years ago

    Applause Cheer Boo Hiss, introduced a Montreal trio who can do hard music with a thrilling compositional exactitude. The sound was unruly and sometimes smushed together, yet recalled precise aural architects of the past (Siouxsie and the Banshees,...

  • 7 years ago

    "Come to New York/Get famous," Scott McCloud suggests in a sweet, sour, grand little tune toward the end of Failure American Style, the former Girls Against Boys singer-guitarist's first record as Paramount Styles. In a song cycle that exposes per...

  • 7 years ago

    Most of Robyn recasts the teenage hitmaker of a decade ago as a formidable 26-year-old Stockholm chick. Like Mandy Moore and other '90s teenpop survivors, Robyn clashed with the record industry's boneheaded notions of how her career should proceed...

  • 8 years ago

    Downtown 81, a newly released film (though the bulk of the footage was shot 25 years ago), presents a dramatic subset of New York art, fashion, and pop music that retains a darkly lit mysteriousness. The film, which stars the late Brooklyn-born pa...

  • 8 years ago

    On her recent Out of the Woods, Tracey Thorn, singing about artists who awed her early on, mentions "Bobby D in '63." But she also name-checks Siouxsie Sioux, the suburban English girl who rose up from Sex Pistols fandom during the late '70s to fr...

  • 8 years ago

    In 1977, a Dutch band with the Milan-sounding name Gruppo Sportivo showed up out of nowhere with a New Wave album released on Sire Records, home of the Ramones; the lead singer wore water goggles in the cover photo. Subsequently, precious few Dutc...