Nikhil Swaminathan

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  • 9 years ago

    Gerhardt "Jerry" Fuchs readily admits his Williamsburg apartment is a "dump"—it took his landlord three months to fix its leaky roof—but his schedule won't afford him time to revel in the dilapidation. "I stand to be home for no more tha...

  • 10 years ago

    Touchstones in Andrew Bird's bio are entirely misleading. Sure, in the mid '90s he zoot-suited up to fiddle with the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Ani DiFranco fronted him the cash for his 2005 opus The Mysterious Production of Eggs. And his seventh album...

  • 10 years ago

    On a sub-zero-windchill evening, Greenpoint's Studio B could stand to be closer to a subway, preferably a reliable one. Last Monday, the venue—a bastard child of the Flatiron district's Avalon and Park Slope's Southpaw, combining the sleek ni...

  • 10 years ago

    The last two long-players by the Afroed Mars Volta brain trust siphoned inspiration from nearby tragedy—2003's De-Loused in the Comatorium concerned the death of friend-artist Julio Venegas, while 2005's Frances the Mute took its story line f...

  • 10 years ago

    Aside from their hometown of Atlanta, there's nothing Southern about Snowden—no songs about driving cars, no twang, and absolutely no drawl. Instead the quartet, like contemporaries Editors and Sound Team, drips Anglo touchstones: a stony res...

  • 10 years ago

    Over three albums, Comets on Fire proved themselves the type of band that compelled you to check the volume on your Discman/iPod before pressing play. Their take on psychedelia paired standard, bright organ tones and meandering guitar lines, furio...


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