Oct 01, 2006 Web Exclusive

More than just a cheeky reference to Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A. album, Badly Drawn Boy’s Born in the U.K. is Damon Gough’s assessment of current world affairs as filtered through the eyes of a quintessentially British songwriter. More

Sep 30, 2006 Fall 2006 - The Decemberists

Gothic rock, death rock, darkwave...there are countless labels that attempt to pin down a phenomenon in rock music that leans toward the darker side of human nature-thematically, stylistically, lyrically, and melodically. It peeked out at the world at certain moments in music throughout the '60s and '70s with songs like The Velvet Underground's "Venus in Furs," David Bowie's "The Bewlay Brothers," and Brian Eno's "Driving Me Backwards." But it didn't really break through the surface in a big way until shortly after the punk movement, and Bauhaus were one of-if not the first-acts to introduce it to a wide audience. More

Sep 01, 2006 Web Exclusive

French director Michel Gondry is internationally renowned for his award-winning commercials, music videos, and feature films. More

Sep 01, 2006 Web Exclusive

Instead of riding into Hollywood with his enviable press clippings in tow, Bujalski directed his second feature, Mutual Appreciation, in Brooklyn in October 2003. More

Jul 01, 2006 Summer 2006 - The Dears

"My glamorous lifestyle is catching up with me," says Dears songwriter and vocalist  Murray Lightburn from what he describes as a "fucking lame hotel" in Sydney, Australia. Though he's a talkative and engaging man, two weeks of European promotional interviews for his band's third full-length release, Gang of Losers, have left him with little excitement for explaining either his songwriting approaches, his thoughts on the Canadian scene, or the rationale behind stripping his band's orchestral pop sound down to its bare elements. More

Jul 01, 2006 Summer 2006 - The Dears

If you’re in a Scottish band and the gray, miserable weather of Glasgow in late Fall bums you out, there are few options for feeling better. If you’re Stuart Murdoch, you fill notebooks with stories of funny little frogs and goateed baseball catchers until the sun comes out again. If you’re Mogwai, you turn your amps up until your ears bleed and you can’t feel much of anything. But if you’re Tracyanne Campbell of sweet-tempered sweater-rockers Camera Obscura, you simply skip town to make a record in Sweden. More

Jul 01, 2006 Summer 2006 - The Dears

“You haven’t made it until you’re in the Winchester Daily Gazette,” says Ed Droste. The 27-year-old singer/guitarist and founding member of Brooklyn-based Grizzly Bear is explaining what fame is, according to his parents. Despite the band having been written about in some of the world’s biggest music publications, which have taken notice of Grizzly Bear’s experimental and elegiac folk, Droste’s mother and father are holding judgment until their son is featured in the local New Hampshire paper. More

Apr 01, 2006 Web Exclusive

Cate Shortland didn’t grow up dreaming of becoming a filmmaker or rubbing shoulders with international celebrities at the Cannes Film Festival, but that’s where the Australian director found herself two years ago when her feature-length debut, Somersault, premiered as a selection in the festival’s Un Certain Regard, a category that favors new talent. More

Apr 01, 2006 Web Exclusive

Last October, Tangiers released their third proper LP, The Family Myth, a smart and subtly humorous collection of jagged, tense pop, featuring twelve rolling, hook-laden, off-kilter melodies, jangly guitars that alternately rip and sparkle, and a rhythm section that is no-apologies bombast More