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2011 Stories by Mikael Wood

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  • SPECIAL FX

    published November 9, 2011

    M83 mastermind Anthony Gonzalez moved from his native France to Los Angeles to make his new album, and like a big-budget Hollywood blockbuster,... More >>

  • The Knux

    published November 9, 2011

    These L.A.-based hipster-rap bros boost the alt-rock guitars on their just-released sophomore disc, Eraser, which to my ears sounds like a... More >>

  • Jason Mraz

    published November 9, 2011

    Tonight, the famously laidback folk-pop guy hits Carnegie Hall for the first of three stripped-down acoustic shows with his longtime percussionist... More >>

  • fun.

    published November 2, 2011

    This local trio hails from the same big-ticket emo-rock sphere as Paramore and Panic! at the Disco, but its space-y new single signals a slight... More >>

  • ALL OR NOTHING

    published November 2, 2011

    With the critical shitstorm triggered by last year’s Congratulations safely behind them, MGMT appear to be getting back to the business of... More >>

  • John Hiatt

    published November 2, 2011

    The veteran singer-songwriter just released his latest album, Dirty Jeans and Mudslide Hymns, which means he’s sure to play plenty of... More >>

  • Josh Groban

    published November 2, 2011

    A quick look at last year’s Pazz & Jop results confirms that I was alone among my critical peers in naming Josh Groban’s Illuminations... More >>

  • Paul Oakenfold

    published October 26, 2011

    Although he’s certainly rocked his share of stadiums—including that of the Los Angeles Dodgers, where a few years ago he warmed up... More >>

  • DIVO

    published October 26, 2011

    How did Chromeo get so big? Not too terribly long ago, the Montreal electro-funk duo seemed destined for a career as the Vice subscriber’s... More >>

  • Idina Menzel

    published October 26, 2011

    The Long Island native returns to the North Shore for a hometown concert that follows her successful transition from Broadway (Wicked) to... More >>

  • THE GOOD OLD DAYS

    published October 26, 2011

    Kris Kristofferson is getting by with a little help from his friends: Last month, the singer-actor wrapped up a string of shows with Merle... More >>

  • The Sea and Cake

    published October 26, 2011

    These Chicago post-rock veterans have referred to their new one, The Moonlight Butterfly, as reflecting “a more experimental... More >>

  • Butch Walker Lets His Garage-Rocker Side Loose

    published October 19, 2011

    Butch Walker admits that the ongoing meltdown of the music business has affected his wallet in a pretty gnarly way. "My living is done through... More >>

  • CHILLER INSTINCT

    published October 19, 2011

    Is Alan Palomo of Neon Indian chillwave’s least hermetic knob-twiddler? In March, this Texas-bred synthmeister released a... More >>

  • BATTLE TO THE BONE

    published October 19, 2011

    In the studio, Battles doesn’t downplay their dependence on any number of gizmos and gadgets—it’s one reason why the Brooklyn... More >>

  • FEISTY GIRL

    published October 19, 2011

    “When you comfort me,” Leslie Feist sings on her new album, “it doesn’t bring me comfort, actually.” She could be... More >>

  • Jackson Browne

    published October 5, 2011

    Although Browne has been touring lately with Dawes, the young L.A. indie combo, here he’ll do a solo-acoustic set of songs from throughout... More >>

  • INTO DARKNESS

    published October 5, 2011

    Keepers of goth rock's ice-cold flame will find plenty they recognize throughout Conatus, the brand-new full-length by L.A.–based... More >>

  • COSMIC RAYS

    published September 28, 2011

    In the United States, primarily to headline the opening night of Seattle's Decibel Festival, U.K. post-dubstep dude Zomby hits Brooklyn on... More >>

  • Syleena Johnson

    published September 28, 2011

    “This might be cocky, but it’s real, so fuck it, I’m-a say it,” Syleena Johnson declares on her new one, right before a chorus... More >>

  • SHOUTING OUT LOUD

    published September 28, 2011

    At home in Sweden, Jens Lekman is accurately referred to as a pop star; in this country, only critics call him that. But love Lekman we do, a cult... More >>

  • The Lemonheads

    published September 28, 2011

    Evan Dando’s punk-turned-pop group have never improved upon 1992’s janglerrific It’s a Shame About Ray, and credit the dude... More >>

  • Thrice

    published September 28, 2011

    These SoCal emo survivors just released a new album, Major/Minor, whose title reflects their up-and-down commercial fortunes: Signed (along with... More >>

  • Arctic Monkeys+Smith Westerns

    published September 28, 2011

    Arctic Monkeys are out on the road in an appealing retro-greaser guise that goes a long way toward redeeming the lumpy stoner metal of their last... More >>

  • Caithlin de Marrais

    published September 28, 2011

    The former Rainer Maria frontwoman has a new solo album coming next month, Red Coats, and it reduces her old band’s emo-rock blare to a... More >>

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