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2012 Stories by Mikael Wood

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  • SATAN'S CHILDREN

    published April 25, 2012

    England's WU LYF (World Unite Lucifer Youth Foundation) make a crescendo-rich indie-rock racket that shares some DNA with music by Explosions in... More >>

  • Feist

    published April 25, 2012

    Canada’s premier art-pop purveyor has been through town a number of times since the release of last year’s Metals, but given... More >>

  • Ane Brun

    published April 25, 2012

    This Norwegian singer spent a good chunk of 2011 working with Peter Gabriel on his dead-boring New Blood project, but fortunately... More >>

  • Florence and the Machine

    published April 25, 2012

    Fresh off recent appearances at Coachella and on The Voice, Florence Welch and her always-reliable gospel-punk Machine hit Radio City for a... More >>

  • GROWING UP

    published April 11, 2012

    LCD Soundsystem fans still mourning the premature death of that outfit could do worse than to throw in their lot with Tanlines, the Brooklyn-based... More >>

  • Hot Chelle Rae

    published April 11, 2012

    Fronted by the sons of two prominent country-music songwriters, this tween-beloved Nashville outfit plays high-energy pop-rock that sounds like a... More >>

  • Say Anything

    published April 11, 2012

    Back in Indieland after a surprisingly lengthy major-label stint, these obsessive-compulsive emo thinkers have a new one out called Anarchy, My... More >>

  • SOUL SURVIVOR

    published April 11, 2012

    Michigan native Mayer Hawthorne executes his throwback r&b with so much period precision that a casual observer might assume the stuff was rescued... More >>

  • Needtobreathe

    published April 11, 2012

    Something like the midpoint between Kings of Leon and the Civil Wars, these South Carolina folk-rock dudes spent much of last year opening arena... More >>

  • New Edition

    published April 11, 2012

    On the road celebrating their 30th year in (and occasionally out of) business, the classic R&B boy band hits town with the six-man lineup of your... More >>

  • Keith Sweat

    published April 11, 2012

    The R&B veteran recruited T-Pain for a cut on last year’s ’Til the Morning, one in which both men wonder how many licks it... More >>

  • BITTERSWEET SYNTHONY

    published April 11, 2012

    It has been a busy month for Jonathan Pierce of the Drums, who just wrapped up a run in London as part of the all-star ensemble in an impossibly... More >>

  • Suzanne Vega & Duncan Sheik

    published April 11, 2012

    Here’s a solid double-bill pairing two New York City songwriters doing fine work in a retrospective vein. Vega recently released the third... More >>

  • 'John Wesley Harding's Cabinet of Wonders'

    published April 11, 2012

    The Dylan-indebted singer-songwriter reconvenes his regular music-and-literature confab with appearances tonight by writers including Rick Moody... More >>

  • Daughtry

    published April 11, 2012

    As its title seems to suggest, last year’s Break the Spell didn’t quite rise to the pop-metal standard set by Daughtry’s... More >>

  • The Naked and Famous

    published April 4, 2012

    The goofy name and Gossip Girl associations seem to have prevented this New Zealand synth-rock outfit from being taken seriously by... More >>

  • BLACK MAGIC

    published April 4, 2012

    At 46, J Mascis has more going on right now than most of the indie-rock youngsters he has inspired: an upcoming Dinosaur Jr. album, a debut out... More >>

  • The Horrors

    published April 4, 2012

    Last time I saw these London-based groovie ghoulies, they played a 20-minute headlining set before an audience of tattooed mosh-pit dudes. But... More >>

  • Howler

    published April 4, 2012

    Titling a song “This One’s Different,” as Minneapolis’s Howler do on their new America Give Up, is one way to set... More >>

  • SAY OUI

    published March 28, 2012

    Delightfully (if somewhat optimistically) described by their American record label as “the ultimate French electro-rock superhero... More >>

  • READY, SET, LOOP

    published March 28, 2012

    Fresh from recent appearances at South by Southwest in Austin and at the Ultra Music Festival in Miami, U.K. beatmaker SBTRKT hits New York... More >>

  • DARK VISIONS

    published March 21, 2012

    Last year was an unusually strong one for eccentric electro-pop ladies like Lykke Li and Zola Jesus, and with plenty of early buzz around Grimes... More >>

  • SLUMBER PARTY

    published March 21, 2012

    Trevor Powers of Youth Lagoon knows what he’s doing: Last fall, this Idaho-based dream-pop dude titled his supremely sleepy debut The Year... More >>

  • Nneka

    published March 21, 2012

    The daughter of a Nigerian father and a German mother, Nneka purveys globe-tripping grooves worthy of her complex heritage. Her new record,... More >>

  • 'The Revlon Concert for the Rainforest Fund'

    published March 21, 2012

    A rear-balcony ticket (with partial view!) will set you back $150, but Sting and his wife, Trudie Styler, have put together a heck of a bill for... More >>

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