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alt-J

Canvasback Music

Sep 25, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

 

"Triangles are my favorite shape/three points where two lines meet," guitarist Joe Newman sings in "Tessellate," offering up one explanation into why this Cambridgeshire, U.K. band would name themselves after the Mac keyboard shortcut that produces a triangle shape. An Awesome Wave, alt-J's debut record of offbeat love songs and weird odes to geometry, has already become a surprise hit in their native country. 

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Sep 24, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

The debut album from Melody's Echo Chamber has sunny, melodic rock and pop at its core, with a dizzying array of orbiting elements that serve equally to enhance the basic theme and to throw your equilibrium into wicked disarray. More

Sep 24, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

Two left-thinking pairs of musicians don't always make a right. Let's take the case of Yoko Ono and Sonic Youth mainstays Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, who surprised all by announcing a collaborative album.  More

Sep 21, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

Since re-forming seven years ago, Dinosaur Jr.—J Mascis, Lou Barlow, and Murph—has proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that it is still as powerful and dynamic a power trio as it ever was in its original form in the late '80s. I Bet On Sky is the third album the band has released since its reunion, and it concludes the perfect trifecta. More

Sep 20, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

“The only bad part about flying is having to come back down to the fuckin’ world,” says the kid on the sample opening “Say My Name or Say Whatever,” the third track on Total Loss. It’s followed by a splash—the coming down, presumably, in the form of a water landing.  More

Sep 20, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

“What’s up y’all/I thought we had a plan/To move things forward for women around the globe/Instead of going forward, where the hell we going now?” is something of the listener’s gauntlet for Corin Tucker Band’s second album. It’s from the opening track “Groundhog Day,” and it’s a call to arms unheard from Tucker since Sleater-Kinney’s sublime The Woods. More

Woods

Bend Beyond

Woodsist

Sep 19, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

With Bend Beyond, Woods continue to try and convince us they're not in California. Brooklyn, they say. This seventh full-length is their dark album, their publicist says. More

Band of Horses

Mirage Rock

Brown/Columbia

Sep 18, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

At this point in Band of Horses' story arc, Ben Bridwell is the sole remaining member from the days of their debut Everything All the Time, and one of only two holdovers from their breakthrough Cease to BeginMirage Rock is by roughly the same unit that put together the underwhelming Infinite Arms, and continues the shifts in direction that started there. More

Menomena

Moms

Barsuk

Sep 17, 2012 Music Issue #42 - The Protest Issue

Holy vitriol, Batman! Menomena's fifth full-length Moms doesn't hold back on the bile, the band aiming their acid tongues at unsatisfying lovers and the family tree. Why, it's enough to make matriarchs everywhere clutch at their pearls. More