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2013 Stories by SARAH MADGES

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  • Black Dice

    published October 30, 2013

    Black Dice are a bunch of weirdos who daringly indulge in nearly every electronic-based avenue that avails itself, from thrash-influenced noise to... More >>

  • Twin Peaks

    published September 25, 2013

    The way this band captures the reckless and joyful energy of being 19, you could probably guess their age even without looking them on Wiki.... More >>

  • Violent Femmes

    published September 11, 2013

    Alt-rock grandfathers Violent Femmes formed in Milwaukee in 1980, and have been on and off ever since. The band’s stripped down folk-punk... More >>

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    published September 11, 2013

    Yeah Yeah Yeahs are a New York avant-punk band whose infectious griminess makes for quirky yet danceable tunes. Evolving over the past decade from... More >>

  • Said the Whale

    published September 11, 2013

    For a Vancouver-based band, Said the Whale creates convincingly sunny West Coast indie rock. Formed in 2007 by songwriters Ben Worcester and Tyler... More >>

  • Arctic Monkeys

    published September 4, 2013

    A four-piece rock band born out of a suburb of Sheffield, England in 2002, Arctic Monkeys enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame in 2005, when the... More >>

  • The Octopus Project

    published August 14, 2013

    Austin-bred indietronica outfit the Octopus Project know how to mix mathy rhythms with haunting synths for seriously compelling songs. With a... More >>

  • Cro-Mags

    published July 17, 2013

    Pioneers of New York hardcore, Cro-Mags threw the genre’s fast-paced thrash riffs and chaotic drumming into a heavy metal template to... More >>

  • Sinéad O’Connor

    published July 17, 2013

    Irish anti-Pope, pro-pop musician Sinéad O’Connor is more than just controversy, a symbolically shaved head, and one amazing Prince... More >>

  • The Gaslight Anthem+The Hold Steady

    published July 17, 2013

    The Gaslight Anthem disproves the general maxim that consistent, dependable guys finish last. Since 2006 they've churned out album after album of... More >>

  • The Gaslight Anthem

    published July 17, 2013

    The Gaslight Anthem disproves the general maxim that consistent, dependable guys finish last. Since 2006 they've churned out album after album of... More >>

  • Toro y Moi

    published July 10, 2013

    Chazwick Bradley Bundick, better known by his equally arcane stage name Toro y Moi, creates something like a filtered version of ‘90s dance... More >>

  • So Many Dynamos

    published June 26, 2013

    So Many Dynamos is a St. Louis-based dance punk band whose pace is as quick as their wit. Although their sound has matured over the years, their... More >>

  • Rogue Wave

    published June 12, 2013

    Born out of a “screw it, the economy sucks, let’s start a band” mentality, Rogue Wave generate a blissfully pleasant sound that... More >>

  • Ariel Pink

    published June 5, 2013

    L.A.-based Ariel Pink emerged from obscurity to semi-obscurity in 2004, releasing his moody outsider music on Animal Collective’s label five... More >>

  • Devendra Banhart

    published June 5, 2013

    Hirsute hippie Devendra Banhart has been the (accidental or otherwise) poster boy of New Weird America for years now, his homemade sound mixing... More >>

  • Calexico

    published June 5, 2013

    Tucson-based Americana indie band Calexico makes cultural appropriation sound good, with well-conceived guitar-based melodies about border... More >>

  • The Dandy Warhols

    published May 15, 2013

    Although their eight studio albums (and one documentary) have brought them far more recognition, I can’t help but associate the Dandy... More >>

  • Anti-Flag

    published May 8, 2013

    Pittsburg punk rockers Anti-Flag made waves from the late eighties on through the early aughts with politically-charged anthems and in-your-face... More >>

  • of Montreal

    published May 8, 2013

    Once upon a time of Montreal was a psychedelic twee pop band with Beatles-inspired melodies. Over the years, however, frontman Kevin Barnes has... More >>

  • Tom Petty

    published May 8, 2013

    You know who Tom Petty is. What you might not know is that he made appearances on both The Simpsons and King of the Hill. Having... More >>

  • Cold War Kids

    published April 3, 2013

    With their 2006 debut, Robbers and Cowards, a record whose unique stripped-down, off-center chord progressions, and intricate narratives... More >>

  • Clint Mansell

    published March 27, 2013

    Abandoning his alt rock band Pop Will Eat Itself to start a life as a soundtrack composer, instrumental renaissance man Clint Mansell debuted with... More >>

  • Jenny Owen Youngs

    published March 13, 2013

    Somewhere between singer-songwriter and perfect-for-TV-scores status, Jenny Owen Youngs brings youthful charm to every song she sings, no matter... More >>

  • Coheed and Cambra

    published March 6, 2013

    With seven concept albums that employ big riffs and frontman Claudio Sanchez’s high register wail to chronicle a sci-fi epic adapted to... More >>

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