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2012 Stories by SARAH MADGES

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  • Our Lady Peace

    published April 4, 2012

    Canadian alt-rockers Our Lady Peace had been playing for 10 years before the 2002 release of Gravity, the album whose single... More >>

  • Japanther+Cerebral Ballzy

    published March 21, 2012

    Ian Vanek and Matt Reilly make a hell of a lot of noise for two people: With a sampler/drum machine, pounding drums, fuzzed-out bass, and... More >>

  • Kid Koala

    published March 21, 2012

    As Kid Koala, Canadian DJ Eric San melds clips from TV, sketch comedy, performance art, Cantonese menus, and—somewhere in there—samples... More >>

  • Why?

    published March 7, 2012

    Not quite hip-hop and not quite anything else, Why? mixes dense melodies with Yoni Wolf’s near-sneer delivery, kinesthetic atmospherics, and... More >>

  • Eisley

    published March 7, 2012

    A family quartet from Texas, Eisley is Chauntelle, Sherri, Stacy, and Weston Dupree, and although they’ve been furiously writing their... More >>

  • Chevelle

    published February 22, 2012

    Taking the gothic pop sensibility of the Cure and adding the dark magnetism of Tool (but without the later band’s cerebral experimentalism),... More >>

  • Robbers on High Street

    published February 22, 2012

    Brooklyn quintet Robbers on High Street come from a time when “indie rock” wasn’t so ubiquitous as to be almost devoid of... More >>

  • Less Than Jake

    published February 15, 2012

    Since releasing their first major record (Pezcore in 1995), Gainesville hit-makers Less Than Jake have perfected the third-wave ska of... More >>

  • Flogging Molly

    published February 15, 2012

    Seven-piece Celtic punk band Flogging Molly take their roots in booze, Irish history, poverty, politics, death, love, and the Roman Catholic... More >>

  • Regina Spektor

    published February 15, 2012

    A Russian-American singer-songwriter known for her quirky style (including dolphin-esque squeaking and beatbox-type riffing inserted into... More >>

  • Cate Le Bon

    published February 1, 2012

    With her downright haunting voice and death-driven lyrics, Cate Le Bon has often been accused of Thanatos. That’s fair, but rather than... More >>

  • The Kills

    published February 1, 2012

    Alison “VV” Mosshart and Jamie “Hotel” Hince of the Kills were doomed White Stripes comparisons the minute this boy/girl... More >>

  • Aimee Mann

    published January 25, 2012

    Aimee Mann isn’t just good at cleaning the Portlandia crew’s house and putting on a cozy show in their living room—though... More >>

  • Jenny Owen Youngs

    published January 25, 2012

    Jenny Owen Youngs graduated from self-releasing to label-signing after the show Weeds featured her beautiful downer, “Fuck Was... More >>

  • Mirah

    published January 25, 2012

    Usually a solo performer, Bala Cynwyd-born Mirah's most recent work features Thao Nguyen, a performer who brings an extra touch of experimental... More >>

  • Laura Gibson

    published January 18, 2012

    Singer-songwriter Laura Gibson went from strumming nylon strings for the bedridden to recording with fellow Portland projects such as the... More >>

  • Fujiya & Miyagi

    published January 11, 2012

    Brighton blokes Fujiya & Miyagi take a page from the Krautrock school of electronic ambience while adding pithy lyrics sung in an almost... More >>

  • Nada Surf

    published January 11, 2012

    It's fittingly ironic that the single “Popular” made '90s rockers Nada Surf exactly that, with singer-guitarist Matthew Caws’s... More >>

  • My Brightest Diamond

    published January 4, 2012

    Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame inductees The O’Jays have seven gold discs to their name and were honored with BET’s Life Time Achievement... More >>

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