Mar 25, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

As sweet as apple pie and as American as nostalgia for a Norman Rockwell-colored era that never really existed, The Living Sisters' Love to Live is a non-guilty pleasure aimed at an all-ages audience. However, given the charming absurdity of Becky Stark (Lavender Diamond), sly subversiveness of Inara George (Bird and the Bee), and no-nonsense style of Eleni Mandell, one can't help but wish for a bit more from these talented women. More

Mar 23, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

In 2007, The Deadly Syndrome came roaring onto the Los Angeles music scene with a sound that featured off-kilter vocals, squeaky synths and songs that played more like epic bipolar journal entries than self-contained three-minute ditties. In short, theirs was the music of youthful exuberance. Sure it didn't always work, but damn was it exciting! With their sophomore outing Nolens Volens, The Deadly Syndrome has taken a clear step towards maturation. More

Zola Jesus

Stridulum EP

Sacred Bones

Mar 23, 2010 Music

A lo-fi goth EP dipped into the synth-coated melodrama of the 1980s, Stridulum reaches for the depth of human emotion, and often gets there. However, while intensely personal and beautifully constructed, it often teeters on the edge of excess, as Zola Jesus (née Nika Roza Danilova) allows her larger-than-life ambitions to translate into a singularly oppressive tone. More

Mar 22, 2010 Live Web Exclusive

In my experience, Saturday night, the last night of SXSW music, is usually the weakest night. Most bands and attendees are fully burnt out by the time the fourth night rolls around and some industry folk even leave Austin on Saturday morning or afternoon, so the Saturday night line-up simply isn't as strong. Whereas on previous nights there were as many as five bands playing at the same time that I wanted to see, on Saturday night there were rarely more than two truly appealing bands playing at once and during certain hours there was only one. The beauty of this is that you don't have to agonize over which artists to see. Despite our tiredness and severely sore feet after four days of standing and trekking around Austin, three of the four artists we did see Saturday night got us up and dancing. More

Mar 22, 2010 Live Web Exclusive

By the third day of SXSW the lack of sleep was really catching up to us. As with the day before, we had to wake up early again to conduct a photo-shoot (three of them in fact), which again left no time for day parties. By the time the evening rolled around we were already burnt out, but still game to check out more bands. Alas, Friday offered little other than underwhelming sets, including ones by a shy Swedish duo and a surprisingly dark hyped Brooklyn band. More

Mar 22, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

Over the past ten years and four releases, Goldfrapp has set the electro-pop bar high, gliding between dreamy soundscapes (Felt Mountain, Seventh Tree) and dance (Black Cherry, Supernature). Now on their fifth album Head First, the duo takes on Italo disco, going by the numbers to create uncharacteristically mixed results. More

Mar 21, 2010 Live Web Exclusive

Day two of SXSW was a bit challenging, considering the lack of sleep we'd gotten the night before. Seeing a show at 1 a.m. is all well and good if you don't have to wake up early the next morning to write about it or conduct other business. We weren't able to attend any day parties on the second day of SXSW music 2010, due to two photo-shoots we were conducting, including one at the way too early hour of 10 a.m. (well, early for SXSW). But that night we were able to catch sets from two Canadian bands (including one collective who's seemingly no longer broken), some Los Angeles natives, and a camera shy actress/singer. More

Mar 20, 2010 TV Web Exclusive

For those who have missed out on the first two seasons of this Emmy-winning AMC original, here's the one sentence recap: When Albuquerque high school chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is diagnosed with terminal cancer, he goes in to business making high-grade methamphetamine with former student turned dealer Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in order to secure a financially stable future for his family before he dies. More

Mar 19, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

If 2008's A Hundred Things Keep Me Up at Night played up the neurotic streak singer Josephine Olausson established on debut Nine Times That Same Song, the Gothenburg, Sweden quintet's third offering zags back toward the sunny and soaring end of the pop spectrum. More