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2011 Stories by Johnny Loftus

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  • Jooklo Duo+Bill Nace

    published May 18, 2011

    On The Warrior, Jooklo Duo's 2010 seven-inch for Northern Spy, David Vanzan's percussion screeches and skitters forward and away from... More >>

  • Fang Island

    published May 18, 2011

    Why should Schubert have all the fun? In both sound and attitude, Fang Island's self-titled 2010 debut was all about the overture. Slabs of... More >>

  • Amor de Dias

    published May 11, 2011

    It's a wonderful world we live in when the phrase "psych-folk tropicalia supergroup" can be thrown around without the bat of an eyelash. Amor de... More >>

  • White Mystery

    published May 11, 2011

    Having stomped mightily through the beery house shows of their Chicago hometown, White Mystery feels ready to bring a red scare to the world. It's... More >>

  • Guitar Wolf

    published May 4, 2011

    Space Battleship Love! With the spectacular English translation of their newest record leading the way, Japan's veteran purveyors of black... More >>

  • Donald Glover & Childish Gambino

    published May 4, 2011

    Everything's coming up Donald. Community's hit its stride, his standup is legit, and now he's touring as his musical alter ego. While... More >>

  • Stephen Kellogg+Tift Merritt

    published April 27, 2011

    Stephen Kellogg's jangly, grinning folk-pop feels like a lock-in at a private liberal arts college. They call him and his band the SK6ERS, and if... More >>

  • Reverend Horton Heat

    published April 27, 2011

    Used to be that the fire out of a tailpipe and the crystalline splatter of broken bottles in the street meant that the Rev was in town and parking... More >>

  • Mogwai

    published April 13, 2011

    Mogwai's steady indifference has always secretly contained the thinking person's epic jams. The Scottish group's heavy rock instrumentals can... More >>

  • Zola Jesus

    published April 13, 2011

    Reared in the heartland, schooled in the classics, and steeped in a rapturous fever of black mood, dark crystal, and the whispered echoes of the... More >>

  • Ke$ha

    published April 6, 2011

    In a world where dollar signs are just another letter, Ke$ha's "ladies is pimps too" balderdash will keep on trucking until the credit card is... More >>

  • Spectrum+Crystal Stilts

    published April 6, 2011

    Tapped by Animal Collective to play All Tomorrow's Parties and fresh off mixing Panda Bear's impressive new Tomboy LP, it seems like Pete... More >>

  • The Greenhornes

    published March 30, 2011

    With bassist Jack Lawrence and drummer Patrick Keeler of the Greenhornes off hustling for Jack White-branded projects (Raconteurs, Loretta Lynn),... More >>

  • KT Tunstall

    published March 30, 2011

    It's Scottish singer/songwriter KT Tunstall's MO to be a one woman Lilith Fair, crafting bracing, empowering singles ("Suddenly I See") that... More >>

  • Bardo Pond+Surf City

    published March 30, 2011

    The elliptical outer space explorations of Philly psych vets Bardo Pond don't really need introduction; in fact, if you listen closely, you can... More >>

  • Wu Lyf

    published March 23, 2011

    World Unite/Lucifer Youth Foundation (Wu Lyf) exist at the core of a fantastically visual marketing campaign: cryptic live footage, artful videos,... More >>

  • Warpaint

    published March 23, 2011

    Warpaint's beautifully sinewy debut record hit last October and kept coasting through the winter. As the world grew chill, its tacit Fleetwood... More >>

  • Silje Nes

    published March 16, 2011

    Norwegian singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Silje Nes is stateside for SXSW and a few NYC shows in support of Opticks, her second... More >>

  • Richard Ashcroft

    published March 16, 2011

    United Nations of Sound, Richard Ashcroft's latest solo go-round, is finally seeing its US release after hitting the UK last summer. This... More >>

  • Dub Trio

    published March 9, 2011

    Working simultaneously as crack session players, a go-to support act (for Matisyahu and others), and as their own ferociously expressive act,... More >>

  • Royksopp

    published March 9, 2011

    Playing a round of Canadian and East Coast dates in support of their 2010 release Senior, Norwegian electro duo Royksopp will likely... More >>

  • Dropkick Murphys

    published March 2, 2011

    Dropkick Murphys' newly released seventh album, Going Out in Style, boasts a raft of likely suspect guests (Fat Mike) and unlikely heroes... More >>

  • Tahiti 80

    published March 2, 2011

    Indie-minded niceniks Tahiti 80 fixate on the beautiful murmur of the beach. Whether a tangible or a tacit destination, it is the French group's... More >>

  • Melissa Auf der Maur

    published February 23, 2011

    A film, a comic, other assorted media accoutrements: Out of Our Minds, Melissa Auf der Maur's second and long-time-coming 2010 solo album,... More >>

  • Smith Westerns

    published February 23, 2011

    Chicago's Smith Westerns pushed their way into the indie spotlight with a scraggly, jutting-chin debut for HoZac Records that reveled in its... More >>

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