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2010 Stories by Vijith Assar

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  • Iron Maiden

    published July 6, 2010

    The old guard might seem a little soft now that metal bands come at us with names such as Pig Destroyer, Decrepit Birth, Lacerated Testicle, and... More >>

  • 'Carefusion Jazz Festival Presents Tortoise'

    published June 22, 2010

    Chicago's blue-ribbon instrumental rockers were totally engrossing on last year's Beacons Of Ancestorship; its simple arpeggios slowly came... More >>

  • 'Rocks Off Concert Cruises Presents the Budos Band'

    published June 8, 2010

    These Staten Island wild men create enchantingly loopy, layered instrumentals with funky blasts of brass. Their best moments lock guitar and... More >>


    published June 8, 2010

    Precocious Carolina wunderkind songwriter Adam Baker regularly folds into his pop an intellectually intriguing experimental edge with overstuffed... More >>

  • 50 Cent

    published June 8, 2010

    The mixtape madman famously threatened to put the rap game in a choke hold on "Get Rich Or Die Tryin'," but that felt more like Chinese finger... More >>

  • Jay Farrar

    published June 1, 2010

    After serving as Jeff Tweedy's foil in his pre-Wilco band Uncle Tupelo, songwriter Jay Farrar launched Son Volt, which spent several years... More >>

  • The Reverend Horton Heat

    published May 25, 2010

    Cowboy punk Jim Waithe earns his formal title with Southern-fried faux sermons on the sinful temptations of various body parts. He's ruled the... More >>


    published May 18, 2010

    The homecoming concert series by DFA disco dork and reigning dance-floor kingpin James Murphy’s flagship project LCD Soundsystem marks the... More >>

  • Parts & Labor

    published May 11, 2010

    Experimental rockers Parts & Labor are addicting for their ability to create unlikely hooks from a chaos befitting more straightforward... More >>

  • Local H

    published May 11, 2010

    As one of the strongest second-wave alternative rock acts still fit for duty, Local H come from an era before every guitar-and-drums duo was... More >>

  • Starscream

    published May 4, 2010

    Named after a scheming Decepticon (of Transformers fame), this Game Boy-and-drums duo is one of New York's most promising young chiptune... More >>

  • Peter Gabriel

    published April 27, 2010

    The great thing about the early solo output from the former Genesis front man is the way that his majestic arrangements rose above the '80s... More >>

  • Dragonette+Class Actress

    published April 20, 2010

    Being that the slightly awkward 2007 single "Competition" is pretty much the high point of this electro-pop trio's hook craftsmanship, it's fair... More >>

  • Snoop Dogg

    published April 13, 2010

    It's easy to forget that Snoop is also the reason "dogg" is now a widespread colloquial term of endearment; in the end, this might prove an even... More >>

  • Ben Folds

    published April 6, 2010

    You're right that Folds has a monstrous track record, both as leader of '90s piano-pop sensations Ben Folds Five (actually a trio) and then with... More >>

  • High Places Have Abandoned Us

    published March 30, 2010

    Bad news, folks: This new High Places album is easily their best yet. Since they no longer live here, this deals a blow to New York's... More >>

  • Habib Koite

    published March 9, 2010

    This description need not contain an easy-out reference to Malian singer/guitarist Ali Farka, you know. Koité's unilaterally gorgeous... More >>

  • Alkaline Trio

    published March 9, 2010

    It wasn't all that long ago that Alk3 lyrics, all seemingly about girls and burning, basically had a stranglehold on suburban teenagers' AIM... More >>

  • Alice in Chains

    published March 2, 2010

    Alice in Chains is sometimes unfairly maligned as "hard rock for numbskulls" by folks who can't see past the sludgy distortions, but their... More >>

  • Anamanaguchi

    published March 2, 2010

    Chiptune, like most highly technical shenanigans, can often banish guys like Nintendo hackers Anamanaguchi to esoteric corners. But the Goochies... More >>

  • Little Boots

    published February 23, 2010

    On her surprisingly pleasant disco-derived debut Hands, released overseas last summer and now coming to the States, British electropop... More >>

  • Daniel Lanois' Black Dub

    published February 16, 2010

    U2's producer was better off as an instrumentalist on 2005's hypnotic "Belladonna," subtly toying with the pick articulations of strums and... More >>

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