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Exclusive download and interview: John Butler Trio’s “Revolution” (photo)

Exclusive download and interview: John Butler Trio’s “Revolution”

Australian songwriter John Butler has five studio LPs and four live albums, which should tell you what you need to know about his aims: He thrives in the live environment, where his dialogue can engage, where his John Butler Trio can stretch and embolden his rock and where he can put a little more grit […]

Music for Fridays: The War on Drugs’ massive “Come to the City” (photo)

Music for Fridays: The War on Drugs’ massive “Come to the City”

Note: Each Friday, we’ll close with a song we consider a suiting goodbye for the workweek. With each Music for Fridays post, check for a free mp3. Download the song here. On Slave Ambient, the second album from one of my favorite bands in the world, Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs, “Come to the City” […]

Travis Bean, 1947-2011; members of Sonic Youth, Earth & Sunn O))) speak about the legend (photo)

Travis Bean, 1947-2011; members of Sonic Youth, Earth & Sunn O))) speak about the legend

On Oct. 21, 1974, Californian Clifford Travis Bean filed a U.S. patent with the intention of making a guitar from “extruded aluminum.” His goal, read the patent, was to create an instrument that resulted in “stable and versatile tones.” Nearly four decades later, it’s safe to say that Bean, who died last Friday at the […]

Al Pacino plays Phil Spector, scares New York indie kids with resemblance (photo)

Al Pacino plays Phil Spector, scares New York indie kids with resemblance

Though it would be hyperbole to call the job of a record producer thankless or nameless, you might not expect someone who spends all his or her time making a band sound its best would make a compelling subject for a film, let alone one with the potential to draw stars like Al Pacino, Bette […]

Music for Fridays: Future Islands give us another break-up dance, “Before the Bridge” (photo)

Music for Fridays: Future Islands give us another break-up dance, “Before the Bridge”

Note: Each Friday, we’ll close with a song we consider a suiting goodbye for the workweek. With each Music for Fridays post, check for a free mp3. One of my favorite things about Sam Herring, the frontman of the romantic and dramatic Baltimore dance trio Future Islands, is that his lovesickness always comes cut with […]

Exclusive download & interview: White Denim’s woozy “Street Joy” (photo)

Exclusive download & interview: White Denim’s woozy “Street Joy”

“At what point does a waterfall of surprises become just another drowning crush of predictable unpredictability?” asked Paste critic Jason Ferguson at the start of his mostly spot-on review of D, the fourth album by Austin quartet White Denim. Conduits of eclecticism in an indie rock atmosphere where such post-modern magpie tendencies have become increasingly […]

Exclusive download & interview: John Congleton’s urgent The Nighty Nite (photo)

Exclusive download & interview: John Congleton’s urgent The Nighty Nite

If Dimples, the name of the debut EP by the Texas band The Nighty Nite, suggests a certain romantic sweetness, you’re going to be disappointed. Led by former Paper Chase frontman and producer extraordinare John Congleton, The Nighty Nite fills Dimples with references to cancer, murder and greed, all delivered with the sort of Pentecostal […]

Canada’s Polaris announces Short List, America continues to ignore its fringes (photo)

Canada’s Polaris announces Short List, America continues to ignore its fringes

Yesterday afternoon, Fucked Up frontman Damian Abraham and CBC DJ Grant Lawrence announced the 10 albums that comprise the Short List for this year’s Polaris Music Prize, the Canadian award that honors the country’s best annual album without regard for sales or popularity. Past winners include, of course, Fucked Up, Caribou and Final Fantasy’s extravagant […]

Music for Fridays: Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s dance-ready “How Can U Luv Me” (photo)

Music for Fridays: Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s dance-ready “How Can U Luv Me”

Note: Each Friday, we’ll close with a song we consider a suiting goodbye for the workweek. With each Music for Fridays post, check for a free mp3. Download “How Can U Luv Me” here. We’re going to return tomorrow with a list of five new songs that might suit your Fourth of July cookout fairly […]

James Blake’s new singles: An act of brand negation (photo)

James Blake’s new singles: An act of brand negation

James Blake‘s self-titled LP has sold just more than 30,000 copies stateside since its release by Universal Republic in March. That’s not quite the smash hit that I predicted in my Pitchfork review; I thought (and still think, really) “Lindesfarne” had a blessed spot on FM radio and season-ending television shows, but that’s yet to […]