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Today guitar hero Rick Froberg and the Brooklyn-based badasses he fronts, The Obits, release their third album via Sub Pop. It's called Bed & Bugs, and it--like its predecessors--is (if you'll allow the cognitive dissonance) a teeth gnashing, blissful good time. We got an early download of the thing ... More >>
The All Tomorrow's Parties festival, which will be held this weekend at Pier 36, continues to honor the ever-nostalgizing indie world with reunions among the kind of small-scale and beloved acts that seemingly passed into the mist long ago. This year's slate includes the Afghan Whigs, Captain Beefhe ... More >>
Hot Snakes slither into Brooklyn
Brooklyn post-punk trio Household has all the taut, jittery rhythmic propulsion of vintage art-pulsers like LiLiPUT and Delta 5, but the band adds a gorgeous, infectious layer of minor-key harmonies taken from the first wave of '90s twee. Guitarist Talya Cooper says the twin vocal dynamic bet ... More >>
The Obits rock the Bell House
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. The shaggy garage-punks in Obits have returned for a second round of three-minute yowlers and blues-rawk howlers. Already beloved as a grown-ass version of frontman Rick Froberg's manic indie-punk l ... More >>
Mark Ibold, still happier about the Pavement reunion than you areSo Chavez is reuniting, or whatever you want to call it. A Pavement reunion just dominated most of last week in New York City. Before that, it was a never-dissolved-but-certainly-largely-inactive Superchunk. In the past few year ... More >>
Rick Froberg opens his solo show and then plays a show
Come to think of it, we'd been meaning to mention this show.Bold! Not surprising! One hopes Brooklyn Vegan's little year end thing they just got rolling--in which various musicians talk about their year, via questionnaire--will yield further surprises, but the opening salvo here is pretty goo ... More >>
A summertime show with Obits Rick Froberg and Elbow-Toe
Courtesy Jonathan LeVine GalleryBecause we we're incorrigible Obits/Rick Froberg stans: Beach Blanket Bingo, a group exhibition featuring Froberg, Elbow-Toe, Natalia Fabia, and over thirty other artists, just went up at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. Froberg, whose campy, graphic cartoons have illu ... More >>
"Kanye West hasn't really done anything worthwhile--except maybe musically, I haven't heard him. But he hasn't overthrown the government." Ian Svenonius has come a long way since Sassy Magazine first dubbed him the "Sassiest Boy in America" in 1991. The D.C. singer has never been anything less th ... More >>
Former Obits outfit Hot Snakes were a hate-splattered, sneering, Wipers-homage, a flaming collision of blues and attitude and just a bit of romance. Before Hot Snakes, Drive Like Jehu were the feedback kings of San Diego--violent, long, anguished drones; winding, wound-up tracks to match. Both bands ... More >>
John Reis stomps his way to Santos'