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  • GET THE FREQUENCY

    published June 22, 2011

    Brooklyn's the Ladybug Transistor enjoy a cushy spot in the Elephant Six Collective, indie pop's own Brat Pack (with more beards, less... More >>

  • GOOD VIBRATIONS

    published June 22, 2011

    Further proof that Virgos throw the best parties: estimable vibraphone player and composer Roy Ayers celebrates his 70th birthday with... More >>

  • VINTAGE SURF

    published June 22, 2011

    Dirty Beaches main man Alex Zhang Hungtai effortlessly conjures an old-fashioned world in his atmospheric pop, a simulacrum of '50s... More >>

  • WALK IT OFF

    published June 15, 2011

    "Piss in urinals that Lou Reed pissed in!" Well, good luck finding one he hasn't pissed in. But this is just one promised pursuit within the... More >>

  • PRAISE IN THE TERMINAL

    published June 15, 2011

    Eminent Senegalese singer-percussionist Youssou N'Dour stopped by our great Northeast recently to receive an honorary doctoral degree in... More >>

  • SURVIVAL OF THE ILLEST

    published June 15, 2011

    To say that hip-hop has gone through an evolution is like saying that Rakim has occasionally bragged--it doesn't quite capture the enormity. (Hey,... More >>

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    Brian Wilson's Songs

    published June 8, 2011

    I have one tattoo: the five-note melody line to "God Only Knows," splayed conspicuously across my right shoulder. I've worn it long enough that... More >>

  • 'Northside Festival'

    published June 8, 2011

    The manic, high-profile Northside Festival may hit Pete's this week, but it won't affect the laid-back charm of this neighborhood haunt. Watch a... More >>

  • IN UT-DEER-O

    published June 8, 2011

    Established groups masquerading as cover bands? Isn't that already called Guns N' Roses? Deer Tick do their best to bring the acidic grunge levity... More >>

  • FIGHTING FORWARD

    published June 8, 2011

    Happily shambolic punk-rockers Mr. Dream stomp hometown boards this week as part of the Northside Festival, that teeming spray of shows... More >>

  • GROUP HUG

    published June 8, 2011

    Remember when Davy Jones started crooning "Girl" in The Brady Bunch Movie, then was alarmed when power-ballad guitars kicked in, then... More >>

  • COASTAL COOL

    published June 1, 2011

    The Celebrate Brooklyn festival revs its engines for yet another summer season with a worthy act: Los Angeles garage-poppers Best Coast,... More >>

  • SOULEYMAN AND SWAN

    published June 1, 2011

    Syrian dance artist Omar Souleyman keeps some ineffably cool company: He was Björk's standout recommendation when the Icelandic dame... More >>

  • EASTERN BEAT

    published June 1, 2011

    Whether in English or Khmer (Cambodian), the glamour of Dengue Fever more than translates (the comparison against more than the... More >>

  • OAKLAND ATTITUDE

    published May 25, 2011

    Goapele is an intriguing soulstress: a woman of composed swagger, sharp street style, and a dainty lilt to match neither. But her sweet... More >>

  • BACK TO BLACC

    published May 25, 2011

    Let this be resolved, once and for all: That song is called "I Need a Dollar," and it's sung by Aloe Blacc. There! Isn't that a weight off?... More >>

  • BLUE NOTE BLISS

    published May 25, 2011

    A great jazz song leads with the attack, either rhythmically or evocatively—and the inaugural Blue Note Jazz Festival has certainly... More >>

  • 'Sing a Song for Miles: An 85th Birthday Tribute with Lyrics'

    published May 18, 2011

    Don't forget the lyrics! Or don't invent them poorly. Jazz greats JD Walter, Cynthia Scott, Sachal Vasandani, and more join forces to pay tribute... More >>

  • DYLAN'S SUPER SWEET 70

    published May 18, 2011

    Two days after Bob Dylan turns 70 years (forever) young, he will be feted by some ardent local fans at Dylan Fest 2011, this year's fond... More >>

  • HEART IN A BOX

    published May 18, 2011

    There are longer roads from The O.C., but Death Cab for Cutie have wisely kept their sonic roots in the Great Northwest. Despite... More >>

  • nEaT

    published May 11, 2011

    Fine, we hereby submit to the maddening spelling of tUnE-yArDs and the aggressive spacing of second album w h o k i l l, but only... More >>

  • MISERY IS A BUTTERFLY

    published May 11, 2011

    Adele is the hottest singer in the England right now, which only reaffirms the Brits' centuries-long penchant for masochism. As glorious as... More >>

  • DEAR JOHN

    published May 4, 2011

    Brooklyn singer-songwriting ingenue St. Vincent was onto something when she sang, "Marry me, John/I'll be so good to you" on the title track of... More >>

  • ATOMIC CONTRAST

    published May 4, 2011

    Minimalist, bracing electro-acoustic composers flee the West Coast for our welcoming microsound shores this week—specifically, the... More >>

  • The Thermals

    published April 27, 2011

    Every scene has their statesmen, and here are the chosen representatives of Portland. Five albums in, the clever trio has streamlined their... More >>

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