Josh Tillman's somewhere in Lawrence, Kansas, explaining to me over the phone how Jesus, God and Satan are just symbols. "But they're not symbols for me," he says, emphasizing for me. "They're symbols for mankind, and as such, I can make them do and say whatever I want. I can take these huge, heavy, ... More >>
Thanks to Hurricane Sandy, Deftones' sold out show tonight at Terminal 5 has been canceled. (A new date, says the band's management, will be announced soon.) The California alt-metal (whatever that means) outfit drops its seventh studio album, Koi No Yokan, on November 13. Following last year's supe ... More >>
Jahmani Swanson is the best little-person basketball player on the planet. And he's just getting started.
The past two years have been good to Brooklyn-based band Yeasayer. While they released their second album Odd Blood a little over a year ago, "Ambling Alp" and "O.N.E." shot them to stardom in the blogosphere and mainstream music circles in the fall of 2009. Their popularity was, in large pa ... More >>
Merrill Garbus, a/k/a the ukulele-strumming/drum-pounding/beatboxing/growling dervish known as tUnE-yArDs, is one of the best live acts going right now, a riot of energy, color, and (most importantly) volume, a loop-building and tonsil-flaring spectacle so joyous we're willing to tolerate the ... More >>
Maura Lanahan Autolux, the Los Angeles art-fuzz trio that blogs forgot, has been annoyingly dormant for the last few years: after releasing the sublime full-length Future Perfect, and touring throughout 2006, they virtually disappeared. Last fall, they booked for All Tomorrow's Parties New York, bu ... More >>
How politics changed how we thought about music, if we thought about music at all
SXSW 2009: the sound of a thousand Babydick jokes cracking. Full list, with arbitrarily bolded highlights, below.
Chris Baio is the one who doesn't look like Cha-Chi, also known as the one on the far left. A debut album, well-received. Stellar reviews. A world tour. The cover of Spin and a night as musical guest on Saturday Night Live. Outside of a couple hundred comparisons to Paul Simon's Graceland, the ... More >>
Christian Petzold's metaphysical horror
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