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No one expected a new My Bloody Valentine album in 2013. There were a few signs pointing to its pending arrival — the shoegaze pioneers had announced that the follow-up to their seminal 1991 record, the stunning and ethereal Loveless, had been mastered. They didn't provide a release date, trac ... More >>
Cruise through this index of the Voice's top ten albums from 1971 through 2013, according to its annual Pazz & Jop critics' poll, started by Robert Christgau. The poll has run every year since '71, except for a three-year hiatus after that first year. The prominence of legacy artists on the inaugu ... More >>
Better than: EP-1. "Oh, like the '90s?" I heard that from at least five people when I mentioned I was seeing the Breeders. "DORKS!" I heard that from Kelley Deal, loud and in on the joke, while seeing the Breeders. I'm going to try really hard to write this without harping on '90s dorks, but it's s ... More >>
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A reunited Breeders play Webster Hall
"New Jersey is so boring," says the blonde whirlwind known as Karen O, hanging out at home in Manhattan. She's reflecting on why she moved from the Garden State, where she grew up, to New York City a little over a decade ago. "To have something so close that you can touch it, something that's sort o ... More >>
Here's your carefully crafted guide to blowing your paycheck this week.
Still salty, less wounded
Please get out and do something. Your roommates are worried about you.
A collaboration between 33-year old former Battles leader Tyondai Braxton and 75-year old minimalist forefather Philip Glass takes place today at the All Tomorrow's Parties festival. It hardly falls under the header of WTF. In fact, it likely would have only taken a few dozen monkeys with a few doze ... More >>
"Good music programmers are rock stars to the women of this generation, just as guitar players were for their mothers." From the Beloit College Mindset List, in which two dudes at a Wisconsin college attempt to get a bead on What The Freshmen Class Might Be Thinking via the making of a list w ... More >>
Since the mid-Nineties, Imperial Teen has crafted an infectious, hard-to-shake boy-meets-girl candy-pop jangle. Formed by Faith No More keys-master Roddy Bottum and NYU grad/pop maven Will Schwartz with ex-punk rockers Lynn Truell and Jone Stebbins, they quickly scored a major-label deal during the ... More >>
Summerland Tour: Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit, Marcy Playground Roseland Ballroom Wednesday, July 18 Better than: Watching Empire Records on basic cable. We make the "remember the '90s" joke around these parts a fair amount, but this week the alt-rock strain of that decade has been stu ... More >>
Blazing hard rock might signal a sea change
Screaming Females w/ Shellshag, Underground Railroad to Candyland, Hilly Eye Bowery Ballroom Saturday, October 8 Better than: Going to the gym. After nearly an hour of playing, the Screaming Females ducked offstage for a minute of rest, a drink of water, and a chance to regroup before the encore t ... More >>
William RahillyWith her excellent debut Past Life Martyred Saints, former Gown Erika M. Anderson (a.k.a. EMA) has been causing quite a stir for dense sonics and harshly comic narratives that haven't been this critically acclaimed since the heyday of certain Seattlites. Or, if you let her tell ... More >>
Along The Watchtower, the debut novel by Constance Squires, is a story of an Army brat whose tumultuous upbringing was kept steady in part by her discovery of rock and roll. It's published Tuesday, and in honor of its impending release and the coming holidaydon't forget, Monday's Ameri ... 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 >>
Today brings more confirmations for the three-day line-up of the Jim Jarmusch-curated All Tomorrow's Parties New York. Adding to the stellar list of Explosions in the Sky, Raekwon, Sonic Youth, the Breeders, Fucked Up, Girls, and the Stooges doing Raw Power are Shellac (credited in the press relea ... More >>
Pump up the Arcade Fire
Sam HorineIn the week a Brooklyn indie-rock band either did or didn't kick a puppy in Prospect Park (sweat-soaked August news cycle, we see you), we amused ourselves making Rick Ross "Yo Mamma" jokes and watching rap panic take New York as 50 Cent did, and then didn't, shoot your grandmother. ... More >>
The Breeders Bowery Ballroom August 18, 2009 The Breeders are way, way past "Cannonball" and you better be too. The band's first of two rapidly sold-out shows at Bowery Ballroom was loaded with classics--hell, they played half of their 1993 breakthrough Last Splash. But the Breeders' eyes were ai ... More >>
photo by Rebecca Smeyne Via our bros: June 29:: Hold Steady with White Denim July 20:: Liars and special guests who may have played an after party with Angus and the crew a few months ago. [i.e. Battles or Fuck Buttons] July 27:: MGMT and Black Moth Super Rainbow August 3:: Black Lips, Deerhunt ... More >>
Imperial Teen Billy Bragg Arlene’s Grocery CMJ Day 2: October 17, 2007 by Michael D. Ayers A promotions company called Pirate hosted their day party at Arlene’s Grocery, home to “punk rock karaoke.” It was worth showing up early, as Merge old-schoolers Imperial Teen were starting around ... More >>
Some get a decade; we get a moment
Reunited and it feels so good: Our favorite groups are back to teach the young'uns how it's done
Franz Ferdinand's big queer hit takes straight guys where even Bowie feared to tread
Folkies Multiply in a Time When So Many Are Singer-Songwriters and So Few Admit It
Indie Kids With New Chords Need Love Too
Imperial Teen Motorvate the Bowery
New Boots and Panties
Some get a decade; we get a moment