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2008 Stories by Mikael Wood

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    published July 16, 2008

    The annual skate-punk road show known as the Vans Warped Tour has broadened its horizons the past few summers to include lots of acts who... More >>

  • The Veronicas' Hook Me Up

    published June 24, 2008

    Hook Me Up to a Computer might be a more accurate title for the second full-length from this Australian twin-sister act, which took its... More >>

  • Crazy Rhythms

    published June 24, 2008

    Understated indie-pop legends The Feelies are making their high-profile return to active duty (after a decade and a half of dormancy) with a free... More >>

  • Back to Guyville

    published June 17, 2008

    Never mind the protestation of the indie nation: Guyville’s premier provocateur, Liz... More >>

  • Death Becomes Them

    published June 3, 2008

    So what if their stiffest competition was Jason Mraz and repackaged Frank Sinatra: Death Cab for Cutie’s debut atop the Billboard... More >>

  • Spiritualized's Songs in A&E

    published May 27, 2008

    Spiritualized mastermind Jason Pierce says he'd already written the material on Songs in A&E when he was hospitalized in 2005 with a... More >>

  • Boy Soldiers

    published May 27, 2008

    Unlike the White Stripes, who have been refining their blues-punk blasts for the past six or seven years, the Raconteurs (with frontmen Jack White... More >>

  • Al Green Samples Some New Producers

    published May 13, 2008

    Al Green's biggest hit is called "Let's Stay Together," but for his latest long-player, the famed Memphis soul singer declined to take his own... More >>


    published May 13, 2008

    If the indie-rock blogosphere has done anything, it’s created a nation of young people chomping at the bit to demonstrate their mastery over... More >>

  • Colin Meloy Sings Live!

    published April 29, 2008

    Is there a more loyal bunch of indie-rock fans than those devoted to the Decemberists? Throughout the course of his new live solo album, Colin... More >>


    published April 15, 2008

    Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says he founded Gigantour—his three-year-old Ozzfest competitor—to remedy what he perceives as... More >>


    published April 15, 2008

    Indie-film girl Zooey Deschanel and indie-rock guy M. Ward met while recording a duet of Richard and Linda Thompson’s “When I Get to the... More >>


    published April 1, 2008

    There’s no doubt that Austin’s Explosions in the Sky play music that we in the rock-critical complex like to call... More >>


    published March 25, 2008

    On Real Emotional Trash, the fourth solo-with-a-band album he’s made since Pavement turned to dust, Stephen Malkmus spends more... More >>

  • Dolly Parton's Backwoods Barbie

    published March 4, 2008

    Dolly Parton's people are billing this as the singer/actress's return to "mainstream country" following a three-album wander in the... More >>


    published March 4, 2008

    Precisely styled garage-rock combos The Hives and The Donnas—the first from Sweden, the second from California—don’t... More >>


    published February 26, 2008

    Though they started out at a pretty monumental disadvantage in the shape of Jonathan Fire*Eater’s biz-hype suicide, The Walkmen have,... More >>


    published February 26, 2008

    Dean & Britta are Dean Wareham and Britta Phillips, known to each other as husband and wife—and to the rest of the world as half of... More >>

  • Punch Brothers' Punch

    published February 19, 2008

    The primary Punch Brother is local mandolin whiz Chris Thile, who until last year fronted Nickel Creek, the closest thing the bluegrass scene... More >>

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