Ken Switzer

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  • 8 years ago

    Every chapter of Adrian Tomine's new graphic novel Shortcomings—a collection of issues nine to 11 of his astounding comic seriesOptic Nerve—begins with 30-year-old Asian-American protagonist Ben Tanaka observing what he perceives to be p...

  • 9 years ago

    Almost every song on Jennifer O'Connor's impressive Matador debut is as heartbreaking as the next. "I don't want to breathe if I can't breathe here next to you," she sings over shuffling drumbeats and a beautifully fingerpicked guitar line on "Dir...

  • 9 years ago

    After more than 20 years and almost as many albums, Yo La Tengo remain one of the most vibrant bands in indie rock. Few groups demonstrate as much range (from distorted, Sonic Youth-esque outbursts, to melodic, melancholy grooves), and even fewer ...

  • 9 years ago

    While many bands reunite, Boston's postpunk high magistrates Mission of Burma have resumed—and that's a big difference. From the start of their "second lap around the track," as bassist Clint Conley likes to call it, Burma began writing new s...

  • 10 years ago

    It's almost impossible to venture into the East Village on a Saturday night without being squeezed into the corner of some obnoxiously loud bar, conversation rendered useless, flailing retro-retards spilling their drinks on your girlfriend. But lu...

  • 10 years ago

    If Nine Times That Same Song, the debut full- length from Sweden's Love Is All, is a 30-minute dance party, it's a Friday-night sleepover—five friends bouncing around a bedroom, up way past their bedtime, giddy and delirious and completely un...


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