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05.06.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
If U.K. '80s guitar-pop bands are like white-button mushrooms�pleasant and abundant�then the Scottish group Close Lobsters are truffles, rare as hell but worth every minute spent hunting them down. They're one of the great groups of the era, but sadly, barely anyone has heard of them. Not helping their legacy is the fact that their entire discography is out of print, but for...
04.25.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
This month, needle-in-the-haystack buzz band Black Kids released an absolutely brilliant single, a re-recorded version of their lone EP�s stand-out �I�m Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How to Dance with You.� That this track is going to be a hit isn�t in question�the song is too damn catchy not to be, and its release is well timed for summer. I�m predicting it�ll be big�like, Peter, Bjorn and John ...
04.23.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Tokyo Police Club? I�d read about their impending full-length earlier this year, but couldn�t quite pinpoint why they sounded familiar. Hmmmm. I raked my brain before recalling that I�d seen them a year ago at a curious little concert at the Rave with Cold War Kids (remember them?) From the tone of my write-up, though, they didn�t win me over. �I need your help on this song,� Tokyo...
Saturday, March 29, 2008

Friday, March 28, 2008

Few bands blur the line between thrilling and tedious like the Duluth slowcore trio Low.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

Black Lips press buttons, but get off scot-free (mostly)

In many cultures, Black Lips are considered unbecoming because they “tend to cast a sad reflection on one’s shoddy lifestyle,” according to the beauty and lifestyle magazine I Love India. Fittingly, then, few bands on the indie-rock radar are as notorious for troublemaking and excess as the Black Lips, a noisy, bluesy foursome from Atlanta. First there’s the band’s name, which could be viewed in a not-so-friendly light, especially after a few drinks. There’s also bassist Jared Swilley’s drunken driving charge, which keeps the band from crossing the Canadian border legally.
01.29.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
For the last eight months, the chorus of bloggers shouting about how Vampire Weekend will become the next big thing has become absolutely deafening. Today, after almost a year of this hype, the band finally releases its debut album, and soon we�ll see whether these predictions come true. It�s an interesting test of the blogosphere�s tastemaking chops, since over the few years, new media�s s...
01.28.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Xiu Xiu - "Women as Lovers" Xiu Xiu's demented post-punk/synth-pop overtures should feel like a tired shtick by this point, but the group keeps finding new ways to keep their tortured sound fresh. This time out, Jamie Stewart has peppered his songs with syphilitic horns and some of his most tuneful arrangements to date�although that might not be saying much. "Under Pressure" is a fa...
01.07.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
The weekend brought ugly news from the Shins camp: Keyboardist Marty Crandall was arrested on domestic violence charges. The Modern Age has all of the sordid details, including police reports and a photo of the bruises Crandall allegedly inflicted on his ex-girlfriend. Crandall's bail was set at $25,000, and as of last night he was still in jail. The story has had considerable legs in the...
12.12.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
It won’t get the same love as Radiohead’s grand online experiment, but Okkervil River dropped a nifty little Hanukkah gift today: Golden Opportunities, a completely free (no donations allowed) “mixtape”—more accurately, an album-length compilation of live covers. You can download it here. Although the band finally scored their big breakthrough this year with The Stage Names, a tuneful,...