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2012 Stories by Vijith Assar

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  • Of Monsters and Men

    published November 7, 2012

    The 2011 debut album from this Icelandic indie folk-pop band combined tricks culled from the Arcade Fire and the Decemberists but avoided the... More >>

  • Wye Oak

    published September 12, 2012

    This Baltimore duo started out along a nominally folkier path but lately have been at their strongest when they hit harder, since all those drums... More >>

  • Stanley Jordan Trio

    published August 8, 2012

    Back in the ‘80s, guitar wizard Stanley Jordan started blowing minds with an intricate fretboard tapping method that allowed him to play... More >>

  • Lil Jon

    published July 4, 2012

    With the possible exception of the financial district, Midtown may be the New York City neighborhood that corresponds best with American excess.... More >>

  • The Blip Festival: Where the Geeks Are

    published May 23, 2012

    When his predecessor first took office, even basic familiarity with a Web browser was considered the exclusive domain of geeks, but Mayor... More >>

  • Emeli Sande

    published May 23, 2012

    The U.K. songwriter's surprisingly engaging debut album has a handful of vocal-powerhouse moments that tend slightly toward gospel, but she's... More >>

  • Spiritualized

    published April 25, 2012

    In between the spellbindingly frail "Broken Heart" and the thrilling "Electricity," Spiritualized's beloved 1997 album Ladies And Gentlemen We... More >>

  • Gotye

    published March 21, 2012

    After its second single went from viral video source material to one of the biggest songs in the country, Gotye’s Making Mirrors... More >>

  • Coldplay

    published February 22, 2012

    If it weren’t enough that the leading British alt-rock band from the class of 2001 has begun making concept albums, their first such foray... More >>

  • Tycho+Oneohtrix Point Never

    published January 25, 2012

    If there’s anything 2011 taught us, it’s that perfectly serviceable scrap-and-salvage versions of the woozy Boards Of Canada... More >>

  • 'Silent Films/Live Guitars' w/ Kaki King+Lee Ranaldo

    published January 4, 2012

    Seriously, did the 2000s produce any other guitar hero with a more compelling voice than acoustic wrecking ball Kaki King? And you could even make... More >>

  • Nat Baldwin

    published January 4, 2012

    The strongest bits from the solo outings by the Dirty Projectors bassist sometimes sound a little like a Thom Yorke devotee struggling to muster... More >>

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