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Oct 18, 2010 Music Brandon Flowers

Brandon Flowers gets a bad rap, and often rightfully so, but Flamingo is better than you’d expect.


Oct 15, 2010 Music Issue #33 - Fall 2010 - Interpol

Since Sleater-Kinney went on an indefinite hiatus in 2006, their members have followed dramatically different muses. Carrie Brownstein works for NPR, writing the “Monitor Mix” blog, while Janet Weiss has continued as a drummer and songwriter, both with her own band Quasi, and as an auxiliary member with the likes of The Jicks and Bright Eyes.


Oct 14, 2010 Music Issue #33 - Fall 2010 - Interpol

George Lewis, Jr., aka Twin Shadow, is a Dominican-born small-town Floridian who found his way to Brooklyn, a sensible home for a multi-instrumentalist musician type accused of packing Phil Lynott’s hair and Simon Le Bon’s voice. Forget features Grizzly Bear’s Chris Taylor in the role of producer and label operator, no doubt an added turbo boost for this fashionable fella already circumnavigating the blogosphere.


Oct 12, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Last year, Chicago-based electronic musician Dexter Tortoriello achieved the ultimate American dream—leaving it all behind. Tortoriello decamped to Hawaii where, before the money ran out and civilization came calling, he and girlfriend Megan Messina created All Night, Houses’ stunningly sensitive debut LP.


Oct 11, 2010 Music Antony and the Johnsons

While the songs of Swanlights play like a logical extension of the progression from the last two albums by Antony and the Johnsons, they also feel like a possible conclusion, and maybe even a necessary one.


Oct 08, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Listening to Deerhunter’s second and third albums (Cryptograms and Microcastles) was kind of like watching Neo make that first jump in The Matrix: there was just such a “holy shit”-ness to it all. Here was a band with one record under its belt growing up under our very ears. The distance they traveled over the course of tracks—much less whole albums—was astonishing. On their fourth record (though frontman Bradford Cox seems to record roughly as much as Tupac in his heyday), Deerhunter has settled into a comfortable, yet still thrilling, space.



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Oct 07, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

After recording 2007’s In Light with only vintage analog synthesizers, Arp’s Alexis Georgopoulos went back to the electronic drawing board and rethought his purity of approach.


Oct 05, 2010 Music The Sword

The third album by this Texas metal quartet is a sci-fi concept album. If you can get past the thematic silliness, the album is a hell of a trip. If not, you’ll be better off waiting for The Sword’s next album.


Oct 04, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

When one thinks of obscure ‘60s psych rock, one seldom thinks of Illinois. But Spur was the Midwestern gem that could stand toe-to-toe with the greats of the era, mixing psychedelia, pop, countrified jangle, and straight up rock and roll.