The Drums

Summertime! EP

Twenty Seven

Oct 30, 2009 Music Issue #28 Fall 2009 - Monsters of Folk

On its debut EP, Brooklyn-based quartet The Drums makes music that, strangely, is influenced by both Factory Records and The Shangri-Las. The music is stripped down and simplistic, with songs often being driven by a lone guitar or bass line, and frequently relying on the rhythmic devices of handclaps and finger snaps. More

Oct 30, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

While former cohorts Noah and the Whale are busy with a grand launch of their new album/movie project, London singer-songwriter Laura Marling has opted to quietly debut songs from her own forthcoming sophomore album, due in early 2010, in a series of intimate concerts in small East coast U.S. venues this fall. Two extraneous details threatened to ruin the mood on this particular night at World Café Live in Philadelphia. More

Oct 29, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

It's no surprise that Florence and the Machine's first proper New York show sold out quickly, as this performance was way overdue but very much worth the wait. More

Oct 29, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Toro Y Moi is the alias of the hyped 23-year-old South Carolinian Chaz Bundick. This preview 7-inch gives a nice bifurcated preview of the musician’s two 2010 albums.

Oct 29, 2009 Live Web Exclusive

"It's early for everyone, I think," said Jesse Lortz, guitarist and vocalist for Seattle's the Dutchess and the Duke at 2-something on Saturday afternoon. After almost a straight week of shows and parties, it was about time for CMJ-goers' collective hangover to kick in if it hadn't already. More

Oct 28, 2009 DVDs Web Exclusive

Following last year's tremendous DVD box set tribute to Western director Budd Boetticher, Sony has moved the spotlight to low-budget filmmaker and controversy magnet Samuel Fuller. More

Oct 28, 2009 Comic Books Web Exclusive

House of Mystery is an ongoing series by DC/Vertigo that's half an anthology as it is. As Kyle Lemmon recapped in his review of the second trade collection, HoM is about "a group of five strangers trapped within a supernatural tavern where strange patrons pass the time regaling each other in outlandish yarns." More

Friday Night Lights

DirectTV, The 101 Network, Wednesdays 9pm ET/PT

Oct 28, 2009 TV Web Exclusive

Warning: This review is geared toward those who are keeping up with the criminally under-watched Friday Night Lights and contains spoilers for new, but very welcome, converts. More

Colin MacIntyre

Island

Future Gods

Oct 28, 2009 Music Web Exclusive

Since the solo work of Colin MacIntyre is by and large an extension of his defunct one-man-band Mull Historical Society, one would think the difference between the two would be minimal. More