Apr 02, 2008 Spring 2008 - Flight of the Conchords

"When the band first started, we were both really excited by the concept of ‘noise’ music as a confrontational tool,” recalls Benjamin John Power, who, along with Andrew Hung, formed Bristol, England’s Fuck Buttons in 2004. “Over time, the sound has developed into something more embracing. It wasn’t a conscious decision on our part to head in this direction. It kind of happened along the way and just seemed right. We still have the same sonic sensibilities as when we first started, but we now tend to try and focus on the more positive side of things when experimenting with sound.” More

Apr 02, 2008 Spring 2008 - Flight of the Conchords

country mysterious enough that most Americans don’t even know enough about it to form a dismissive caricature, New Zealand is much more than just the place The Lord of the Rings was filmed. Renowned for its stunning geography and abundant natural resources, it’s the farthest outpost of English-speaking society, a country with roughly half as many inhabitants as New York City. But New Zealanders must be people with a sense of humor. More

Apr 01, 2008 Spring 2008 - Flight of the Conchords

Part musician, part ethnomusicologist, Pablo Díaz-Reixa isn’t your average sample-obsessed laptop artist. Growing up in the Canary Islands, an African archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean where the language is Spanish and the music is joyful, he noticed an apparent contradiction. Why were songs that were often recounting tales of devastation and oppression so happy? More

Apr 01, 2008 Spring 2008 - Flight of the Conchords

It’s hard to be a romantic anymore. Rationality has invaded nearly every facet of our lives. Feelings can be explained away as a set of chemical reactions, an anomaly to be treated pharmaceutically. We’re losing our connection to the natural world, to ourselves even. But remember, it’s a choice. More

Apr 01, 2008 Spring 2008 - Flight of the Conchords

Meric Long and Logan Kroeber are The Dodos. If you didn’t know this heading into a listen of their excellent second record, Visiter, you might be shocked. Vocalist/guitarist Long and drummer Kroeber kick a pretty large sound for just two guys, with Long’s deadpan, folksy vocals juxtaposed with a highly rhythmic base. More

Apr 01, 2008 Spring 2008 - Flight of the Conchords

There’s the “next big thing” buzz band, riding a wave of hype that becomes more important than the music they make. And then there’s the band with a hard-earned indie rock pedigree that is making the integrity-risking move of jumping to a major label, a move that is greeted with suspicion by anyone from the keeping-it-real old guard that equates corporate involvement as a contaminant that endangers any honest expression. In 2006, Death Cab for Cutie learned that having a story that’s too good to ignore can drown out all other subplots. More

Apr 01, 2008 Spring 2008 - Flight of the Conchords

Noah and the Whale have been together for less than a year, but the London five-piece is on the verge of something big. More

Mar 02, 2008 Spring 2008 - Flight of the Conchords

Call it the original supergroup. When DC Comics debuted the Justice League in 1960 it brought together some of its biggest and best names—Superman, Wonder Woman, Batman, The Flash, Green Lantern, Aquaman, and Martian Manhunter—under one banner. More

Feb 01, 2008 Winter 2008 - She & Him

A Place to Bury Strangers' singer/guitarist Oliver Ackerman builds guitar effects for a living: unpredictable, cacophonous contraptions with names like Supersonic Fuzz Gun and Total Sonic Annihilation. Ackerman lived in Providence, Rhode Island when he began the company, appropriately dubbed Death by Audio. "There was a really big noise scene, so I think that helped influence that aesthetic of trying to get sounds that you can't get from normal effects," he says. "Sounds that are maybe dangerous for your amplifiers, and cats and dogs." More