Mar 16, 2010 Live

Apply named, A Sunny Day in Glasgow's sound is not unlike a piercing beam of light. Minimal exposure to the Philly-based sextet's ethereal blend of shoegazing theatrics, dueling female vocals, and reverb (oh the reverb!), and you might be left believing that they are capable of lighting up a gloomy Scottish city, brightening up a generic cloudy day, or shining in dark and overstuffed Los Angeles bar. If Rainbow Brite was a hipster, you know this is exactly the type of music she'd be listening to. More

Mar 16, 2010 Music Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

The Besnard Lakes take their grandiose cues from the '70s: massive sounds, massive ideas, double albums, and seven-minute opuses. Their harmonies are rooted in the Brian Wilson and Sgt. Pepper era. The vocal treatment, all reverb and wide-open space, is clearly set in the here and now. More

Mar 13, 2010 TV Issue #30 - Winter 2010 - Vampire Weekend

Abnormal family shows are the new normal. Fox's mid-season comedy, Sons of Tucson, takes the unconventional beyond Malcolm in the Middle territory. The show centers around three boys whose mother is long gone and whose father is a successful-jailbird-banker. More

Mar 12, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Sometimes following the career of Danger Mouse (aka Brian Burton) is kind of like watching Winona Ryder's dating life: it's fascinating to see who will turn up next, but at the same time, there's always the lingering desire to see him pick one and stick with it. More

Mar 11, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

For a time I was convinced Spencer Krug did not sleep, instead spending his nights tapping away at a Casio keyboard, penning his next great indie rock fantasy. In addition to his role as Sunset Rubdown's frontman, the Canadian avant-rocker balances responsibilities in Wolf Parade and Swan Lake, as well as a burgeoning solo project deemed Moonface. With the release of Moonface's Dreamland EP: Marimba and Shit-Drums, there's musical proof that Krug does, in fact, find the time for shut-eyeand that he dreams quite a bit while doing so. More

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Turn Ons

Fat Possum

Mar 10, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Supergrass' Gaz Coombes and Danny Goffey have impeccable taste. While on a break from their main band, Coombes and Goffey decided to team up with famed producer Nigel Godrich for this album of 12 cover songs. Among others, they tackle David Bowie ("Queen Bitch"), The Kinks ("Big Sky"), Roxy Music ("Love Is the Drug"), Sex Pistols ("E.M.I."), and Gang of Four ("Damaged Goods"). More

Mar 09, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

One of the most thankless jobs in music involves those trying earnestly to put a truly personal stamp on separate bands, especially when both are existing units. Such is the case with Alan Sparhawk, who has been a part of the fabric of Low since the early '90s. With the release of its second album, Sparhawk's new-ish band, Retribution Gospel Choir, is at least past the tabula rasa stage, but the singer/guitarist still has plenty of work ahead beyond his day job. More

Adam Green

Minor Love

Fat Possum

Mar 08, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Much like New York, the city that defines his sound, Adam Green is in a hurry. Maybe that's why all 13 songs on the former Moldy Peaches member's latest release, titled Minor Love, clock in at well under the three-minute mark. And perhaps that's why this is Green's sixth album in eight years. More

Mar 05, 2010 Live

The thing about opening bands is, they rarely serve their intended purpose. Sure an act comes out, plays a mini set, and endures audience neglect and outright abuse in the name of hocking a few t-shirts and EPs, but as far as serving as a delicious appetizer to the musical main course to follow? Nine times out of ten you're better off cruising the bar for attractive singles, or more practically, earplugs. Maybe that's why the combination of co-headliners El Perro del Mar and Taken by Tress make such a shockingly successful paring. Both are thoughtful female singer/songwriters from Sweden with slightly off-kilter vocals, the only question is: what took them so long? More