How did we go from the Rolling Stones to Fartbarf?
Well, it happened. We knew it would be crazy and annoying and that we'd talk and tweet and giggle about it anyway. Kim and Kanye named their baby North. North West. For those of you who arrived here by simply googling " WHYYYYYYYYYYY?," here are our most reasoned and intelligent guesses.
This past Saturday, at the soon-to-close Maxwells, Scottish indie quartet We Were Promised Jetpacks performed. It served to remind us just how great a band this is. Sadly, we frequently forget, thanks to their stupid fucking name. We think these guys would be a lot bigger if it weren't for the annoy ... More >>
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The Postal Service is back, but hopefully your acne isn’t
"Nah, we're not going anywhere," says Ben Gibbard over the phone in his most reassuring voice, responding to concern from his loyal flock that with the release of his first proper solo album, Former Lives, a few weeks ago, he's walking away from Death Cab for Cutie. Well, whew! After 15 years togeth ... More >>
Death Cab For Cutie feat. Magik*Magik Orchestra w/ Youth Lagoon Beacon Theater Friday, April 27 Better than: The 10th-anniversary deluxe edition of Transatlanticism that will no doubt be releasedand inspire even more "Is Indie Rock Dead?" thinkpiecesnext year. "One might ask what we' ... More >>
Two nights with Youth Lagoon
Put your hands up for Nadastrom
The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences introduced the Best Alternative Music Performance category in 1991 in anticipation of punk breaking later that year (and permanently renamed the award in 2000). Over the past two decades, the changing demographics of the nominees have reflected the ... More >>
Death Cab for Cutie Williamsburg Waterfront Tuesday, August 2 Better than: New York's skyline at dusk. "Everybody just take a second to turn around and check out how beautiful your city is right now," Death Cab for Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard says shortly into his band's set. "Take a picture, take ... More >>
Death Cab embrace the emotional core
The East Village isn't a neighborhood one would normally associate with Bible-thumping evangelical Christianity, but here we are. The Times has a feature on Trinity Grace Church, a "hip" church that just opened up a new branch in the godless, immoral wasteland of the East Village. Trinity Grace i ... More >>
Travis Morrison, in a rare break from his stand-up-comedy routine. Pics by Jena Cumbo.The Dismemberment Plan Webster Hall Saturday, January 29 Better Than: Back when they played shows with Death Cab for Cutie as the "Death and Dismemberment" tour. Travis Morrison, frontman for freshly reun ... More >>
Matias Corral Ted Leo and The Pharmacists have had a tough couple of years. Their previous two record labels, legendary indies Lookout and Touch & Go, both famously (and surprisingly) went out of business without warning, and his personal and creative lives haven't run much smoother. His wife had h ... More >>
F2K is a countdown of the 50 worst songs of the decade. Track our progress here. Since emo already ruined rock music for a generation, why not just take rap too?
Owl City Bowery Ballroom Wednesday, September 16 Yep, America's Kanye-Addled Sweetheart herself, holding court in the balcony as the giggly teenage masses below fired up their digital cameras and Death Cab for Cutie blared over the PA, which is fairly brazen, considering that Owl City, a/k/ ... More >>
Hey, so the downy elf with the dilated pupils who dwells inside the padded confines of MTV's viral marketing campaign closet did good today! The MTV Video Music Award Nominations are out, and boy, look at that Breakthrough Video category: the ninja-filled, Underworld-vibing video to Bat For Lash's ... More >>
-- Lupe Fiasco released the first single from his upcoming album, Lasers. The track is the spacey "Shining Down," which has Lupe taking a dig at autotune by using it. It leaked last month to the rapper's dismay. He plays Governors Island on Sept 11 (tickets go on sale Friday at noon) and SUNY's Dewa ... More >>
Deft Germans perfect art-pop as a second language
Indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie finally hit the mainstream
The sound of settling
Dodos, El Guincho, and Ruby Suns discover the monotony of excitement
Death Cab for Cuties sonic architect gets awkwardly, verbosely political
Still depressed and slightly confusing, but no longer incapacitatingly so
Why you should never actually speak tolet alone interviewyour favorite band
We didn't get what we wanted but we haven't entirely lost what we had
Indie rock's mainstreaming heart-on-sleeve emo intellectuals water their top down
Theatrical indie heartthrobs the Decemberists give gawky drama-club girls something to dream and blog about
Kerry's ragtag musical conglomeration begins the fatiguing job of mobilizing its base
Indie guitar bands and their fans ride the love roller coaster
Another booze-filled day in the Coney sun, with indie rockers galore
A roll call of this year's bands at Coney Island's favorite freak show
Bill O'Reilly, we salute you, now please give us all our frankincense and myrrh back
Mailbox Synthpop as Piano and Voice Recital
Crackles and Whirrrs and Glubs-Oh Mi(crohouse)!