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Sept. 12, 2013

Youth Lagoon’s second full-length album, Wondrous Bughouse, is a psychedelic bedroom pop odyssey. Like a menacing circus soundtrack, the album layers dark, introspective lyrics atop bouncy, whims
07.23.2013 | | Posted at 03:00 PM
By Evan Rytlewski
Former Camden bandmates Eric Osterman and Ryan Weber understood that their band Eric & Magill would be a long-distance project when they started it, but they probably couldn't have predicted just how long that distance would be. In the years since their 2010 debut, All Those I Know, recorded while Osterman was in Michigan and Weber in Milwaukee, Osterman has relocated to Brooklyn and Weber to ...
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
 Though it will always claim a diehard following, prog-rock remains one of music’s most maligned genres, dismissed by rock purists who reflexively turn up their noses at any composition that smacks of overwork or indulgence
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tegan and Sara Go All-In On Pop

 There’s no more challenging dive than the one from a cult perch into the mainstream. Many artists take it only unwittingly, but a few
Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013
 Tarik Moody doesn’t have much regard for genre boundaries. As a DJ for 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, Moody spins a little bit of everything, and as a principal behind the concert series Unlooped
Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013
 Yo La Tengo have just returned from a tour of West Coast record stores, part of an aggressive first-week push behind their new album, Fade, and guitarist Ira Kaplan is adjusting to the full schedule. “I think in this modern record age, there’s more activity than ever focused on the initial week
07.21.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The Knot, the second album from the Baltimore indie-rock duo Wye Oak, bowled me over on first listen last month, and subsequent weeks have only affirmed my initial impression. I still think it could be the group's breakthrough record, but it now seems that breakthrough might be a delayed one: Today, in an almost apologetic review, Pitchfork writer Mike Powell damned the record with a dismissive 5....
07.16.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
In advance of the band's return appearance at the Pabst Theater tomorrow night, I dug up this 2007 interview with singer Matt Berninger. Although I wish I could say it holds up, it already shows its age�who would expect The National to do "loud, aggressive" songs at this point?�but it does offer some perspective on the band's unusual, delayed success story and Berninger's almost Zen-like songwriti...
06.23.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Now I'm not saying I dislike the Dirty Projectors' lauded new album Bitte Orca. But I will say that halfway through the album, the group's chirping, incessant backing singers hit a note so shrill that I literally ripped off my headphones on impulse. I've heard fire alarms with more grace. So why won't I just come out and say I dislike the new Dirty Projectors album when, well, I clearly do? ...

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