Jul 07, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Detroit musician Josh Epstein is no stranger to explosive melodies. After all, his main creative outlet, The Silent Years, released an indie-pop gem only last year. As with most craftsman-like albums, The Globe's jovial ethos was contagious but largely flitted under the noses of the rock intelligentsia. In turn, Let Go reads like a classic stopgap EP but actually is a full-fledged bound in aesthetics. More

Jul 04, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

Since his heyday in the early '90s, Evan Dando and his Lemonheads have had somewhat of a rocky time. Reports of drug use and the collapse of the band in 1997 preceded an extended hiatus from music that threatened to end Dando's career. He came back, seemingly out of nowhere, in 2003 for the understated solo album, Baby I'm Bored, and then returned under the Lemonheads name in 2006, albeit with a completely retooled lineup. In June, The Lemonheads released Varshons, an album of cover songs recorded with yet another group of players, but still under the Lemonheads name. More

Jul 03, 2009 Music

The legions exposed to a glimpse of The Vaselines via Nirvana’s ragged crunch pop takes on “Son of a Gun” and “Molly’s Lips” from Incesticide were given a panoramic view when Sub Pop reissued the act’s entire discography with 1992’s The Way of the Vaselines: A Complete History.  The collection, which included their sole LP Dum-Dum, along with the Son of a Gun and Dying for It EPs, evinced an unlikely yet brilliant meeting of C86 effeteness with the roughshod, reckless strains of The Velvet Underground circa White Light/White Heat. More

Jul 03, 2009 Music

Peggy Sue have terrible timing. For this trio of twentysomething musicians based out of Brighton England, their third EP Lover Gone will likely be compared to the work of another British upstart poised to make a stateside splash, Florence and the Machine. Peggy Sue simply don’t possess Florence’s chutzpah—still, they are not without undeniable charm. More

Jul 02, 2009 Music

On its sophomore album, this Swedish six-piece demonstrates its knack for presenting pessimistic sentiment in optimistic musical wrapping. Much of the subject matter revolves around love, its loss, and the little details of being in a relationship. More

Ghostbusters: The Video Game

PS3/Xbox 360/Wii

Jul 02, 2009 Video Games Web Exclusive

If you grew up in the ’80s, then Ghostbusters: The Video Game is up there on the anticipation scale with James Cameron’s Avatar, any upcoming Pixar project that doesn’t have the word Cars in it, or the Arrested Development movie. The game’s finally here, and it’s mostly solid, but doesn’t quite live up to the Ghostbusters III experience that many of us have been waiting for. More

HEALTH

Die Slow 7″

Lovepump United

Jul 02, 2009 Music

“Die Slow,” the first single from HEALTH’s forthcoming sophomore full-length Get Color, takes the best elements of the band’s debut and their DISCO remix album and delivers a very rare delicacy: a highly danceable rock anthem. More

Jul 01, 2009 Live

After spending an indeterminate amount of time—minutes? hours?—reading text messages from the audience scrolling across the screen above the stage, the house lights at the Wiltern came down. Brooklyn-based quartet Grizzly Bear strolled out and took to an unusual formation onstage: Chris Taylor (bass, clarinet, flute, sax, etc.) to the far left, Ed Droste (vocals, guitar, autoharp) to his right, Daniel Rossen (vocals, guitar, keys) next over, and Christopher Bear (vocals, drums) to the far right. With the band in full array, each member markedly contributed to the intricate unfoldings that fashion the Grizzly Bear repertoire. More

Jul 01, 2009 Books

Robert Greenfield’s A Day in the Life chronicles the rise and fall of two lovers so engrossed in various self-serving pursuits that they often bordered on sheer subversion.  Susan “Puss” Coriat and Tommy Weber spent their early lives sheltered by wealthy families with the good grace of beauty to carry them well beyond their means. By the late ’60s, their indulgence in drugs and living on the edge day-to-day shifted them into a world of oblivion and reckless abandon, which led to Puss’ suicide in 1971. More