New Band TOY emerges in London with Release of Self-titled Album

London singer/guitarist Tom Dougall (younger brother of Rose Elinor Dougall of The Pipettes) formed the band TOY in 2010 with Dominic O’Dair (guitar), Maxim “Panda” Barron (bass), Charlie Salvidge (drums), and Spanish keyboard player Alejandra Diez. Dougall, Barron and O’Dair had previously played together in Joe Lean & the Jing Jang Jong. The band’s first live […]

Subsource A Dubumentary, Not A Documentary!

Dubstep is a genre of electronic dance music that originated in south London during the latter end of the 1990s. It is characterized by wavering bass lines, syncopated rhythms, and the minimal use of voice. Dubstep is generally thought of as “production electronic music,” created in studios, and often played by performance DJs. Subsource is […]

A Hurricane Sandy Benefit Show with Lost Boy, Grand Resort, Eula, and Turnip King

There is a clandestine venue in Bushwick, Brooklyn. It is in a storage facility. It is in a cheap storage facility. It is in a storage facility called Cheap Storage! The venue’s shows are curated by a couple musicians and music lovers who have an apartment in the building. They’ve genuinely made the large, concrete […]

Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2012 Wrap-up

The Pitchfork music festival in Paris took place at La Grande Halle nestled on the edge of the Parc de la Villette. Guiding audiences to the festival, the concert hall’s large neon letters bathed the plaza and fountain in front of it in red. Past the gates was a long pavilion with food and drinks outside […]

Haunting Simon Joyner

Simon Joyner’s thirteenth studio album is Ghosts (or sixteenth or so if you count the early tapes) and it’s release marks 20 years that Joyner has been making music. He funded the project with a Kickstarter campaign, in which he outlined some big ambitions for the double album that he called “experimental and sprawling, featuring some […]

A Tame Impala Won’t Bite: Let’s Listen To Lonerism

Australia is a funny place for us Americans. When we think of Australia, we think of dingos, absurdly large knives,  kangaroos, Ugg boots, shrimp on BBQs, men in khaki hunting crocodiles, and the systematic repression of native indigenous peoples (dammit Australia, that’s America’s thing! Get your own style and stop copying). Australia is “upside down” […]

A Night in London with Josh Flowers and his Wild Company

Dimmed lights and low ceilings awaited as I walked into one of London’s tightest venues with a hundred of its hipster elite. We were assembled at Off Broadway, one of East London’s trendiest if best-known bars, to catch some of the city’s recent folk children: Josh Flowers and The Wild. It was the opening night […]

Andy Shauf’s Bearer Of Bad News

When you first hit “play” for the opening track of The Bearer Of Bad News, you might think about how the classic, lighthearted character who is being sung into existence must be real and possibly even someone Andy Shauf knows intimately, but if you’ve listened to the greater body of Shauf’s other work (like his preceding […]

Piled Up and Dripping in Boston

Brace yourself for the latest full-length album release from the Boston band Pile: a thrashing work of art titled Dripping. It’s been two years since the band’s last release, Magic Isn’t Real. Raw and explosive, this new album develops from start to finish. It is encouraging to hear a rock band create such a listenable collection of songs. Containing […]

Blues Holed Up In Blackburn

I’m still trying to count how many holes there are there in Blackburn, Lancashire. I am not sure the authorities have done much to reduce the pot holes on the Devil’s Highway (the A666) since The Beatles sang about the holes on “A Day in the Life” in 1967. The bumpy road leads into Darwen, […]

Ty Segall Makes Us Feel Lazy by Releasing Third Album This Year, Twins

Ty Segall's new album Twins

I mean, seriously Ty Segall. We get it. You’re a rising badass star musician laying down killer riff after killer riff, leaving smoking craters of rock destruction in your wake at show after show. You’ve cast a wicked, twisted shadow over the rest of the indie music world by making uncompromisingly powerful music that is […]

Introducing A Couple Canadian Acts from PBR

Indie-powerhouse Paper Bag Records (PBR), who just recently had their ten-year anniversary, is home to some groundbreaking bands from Canada. PS I Love You and Yamantaka // Sonic Titan are two great examples of this phenomenon in Toronto. Both formed over the last six years and each have been at conquest with Canada and beyond ever […]

Celebrating the Superb Lyricism of WHY?, PART III

This review of WHY? lyrics wraps up our three-part series on the band’s excellence in writing and rhyming.  I’m not going to spend the length of this article deliberating on whether Pitchfork’s arbitrary, if not all together misguided, 2.8 limits the credibility of WHY?’s newest release, Mumps, etc. The album exists because de facto leader Yoni […]

The Band Saskwatch, Not Sasquatch the Forest Monster

It’s not often we come across an album that can fit so many different moods.  Whether it’s time to wake up, stay up all night, recover from an infamous break-up, or just wind down from a stressful Monday, Melbourne’s powerhouse soul sensation, Saskwatch, manages to pull all of it off in their new album, Leave […]

An Abstract Impression of Efterklang’s Piramida

The opener to Piramida (4AD) starts with the sound of icy water drops hitting the back wall of the world’s most lonesome cave. At least, that’s what it seems like Efterklang was going for. The sound is more likely just the result of Mads Brauer smacking a marimba in a heated recording studio in Denmark, but […]