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2008 Stories by Zach Baron

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  • ROMANCE & ILLUSION

    published May 27, 2008

    M83’s newish Saturdays=Youth (first single: “Graveyard Girl”) reminds me of the Magnetic Fields’ newish Distortion (first... More >>

  • EX–LION TAMERS

    published May 27, 2008

    The season of the outdoor festival is upon us, which generally means the demand for modestly famous, sturdily veteran, and generally... More >>

  • HOURS IN THE DARK

    published May 20, 2008

    Sometime letter presser, aphorism dealer, and painter Matthew Brannon recorded the last page in a very long novel in this... More >>

  • STILL SEEING THINGS

    published May 20, 2008

    Proto lava-lamper Joshua White got his start at New York’s Fillmore East doing twice-daily light shows for the Dead, Hendrix,... More >>

  • SMOKE SCREEN

    published May 20, 2008

    Ohio transplant Joe Williams released his debut, Smoke, as White Williams late last year, and... More >>

  • TOO TOUGH TO DIE

    published May 13, 2008

    His corpse lies in Lyndhurst, New Jersey, and the street that the city named after him sits 13 blocks south of tonight’s venue, but Joey... More >>

  • AWESOMER

    published May 13, 2008

    In their novelty-drunk neck of the woods (Brooklyn), Blood on the Wall get points just for acknowledging a bunch of good ideas that other... More >>

  • SUBLIME FREQUENCIES

    published May 13, 2008

    The big news regarding Carlos Giffoni’s No Fun Fest, now in its astonishing fifth year, is the noise festival’s move from Red... More >>

  • TOTAL RECALL

    published May 6, 2008

    Of all the early, first-wave hardcore bands—Minor Threat, Black Flag, Bad Brains—Negative Approach were by far the most... More >>

  • DRUNK AND HOT GIRLS

    published May 6, 2008

    On the exceedingly goofy poster for Kanye West’s Glow in the Dark Tour, the artist poses, C-3PO style, against a black background... More >>

  • THINGS FALL APART

    published May 6, 2008

    Perhaps the only major rap-and-r&b act weirder than the Roots—the long-running and curmudgeonly collective from Philadelphia—is... More >>

  • IMPOSSIBLE BOUQUET

    published April 29, 2008

    It was less than a year ago that the L.A. punk duo No Age released Weirdo Rippers, a ragged, heartfelt compilation of the... More >>

  • LEGACY OF DISSOLUTION

    published April 29, 2008

    After a first act defined by gloom and glacial feedback, the Seattle drone-metal outfit Earth released The Bees Made Honey in the... More >>

  • RITES OF SPRING

    published April 29, 2008

    While Mexican teenagers bold enough to venture outside in a Fall Out Boy T-shirt and eyeliner face the possibility of being beaten to... More >>

  • BACK IN BUSINESS

    published April 22, 2008

    The consummate New York rap duo EPMD helped spark hip-hop’s first golden age with their 1988 debut, Strictly Business, and... More >>

  • Knock ‘em Out

    published April 22, 2008

    The English pop star Kate Nash is not quite 21, and photos tend to make her look younger: There she is, sipping a milk shake, or giggling,... More >>

  • THE LIMIT TO YOUR LOVE

    published April 22, 2008

    The Starbucksian chanteuse Leslie Feist—avatar of what one critic dubbed the “Age of Accessible Hotness”—caught an... More >>

  • ROBOPOP

    published April 15, 2008

    His chart reign has flagged a bit in ’08, and artists as diverse as Britney Spears and Snoop Dog have shamelessly co-opted his auto-tuned... More >>

  • A LONG TIME COMING

    published April 15, 2008

    The Canadian quartet Tokyo Police Club waited a staggering three years—in the blog era, nothing short of a century—to release... More >>

  • MISANTHROPIC GENERATION

    published April 8, 2008

    In 1989, four Swedish teenagers with a shared love of Discharge, the pioneering English hardcore band, and of D-beat, the galloping musical style... More >>

  • AUGHT ROCK

    published April 8, 2008

    His best work to date has been with the Blow, Khaela Maricich’s sublime laptop-pop project, but these days YACHT’s Jona Bechtolt... More >>

  • GOT BEAT UP

    published April 1, 2008

    Like the Dead Milkmen before them, Weston finessed a lovelorn and suburban Philadelphia childhood—chasing girls at the mall, buying... More >>

  • REMINDERS OF THEN

    published April 1, 2008

    The venue’s bigger (thanks, Juno!), and the crowd will likely skew younger, but let no one forget that Kimya Dawson was a local long... More >>

  • LONG ISLAND GANGSTER

    published March 25, 2008

    Others may eventually out-rhyme and outsell him, but Jay-Z will forever own every venue within walking, driving, and flying range of New... More >>

  • BASSOON

    published March 25, 2008

    Brooklyn art-rockers High Places have yet to release a full-length album, but they’re already among the most beloved bands in their... More >>

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