Jamie XX, Mattis: Saturday, July 25

Music Stories
[INVENTED NOSTALGIA] In the lead-up to the release of U.K. polite-house producer Jamie XX’s brilliant debut solo record, In Colour, a clear narrative emerged from the banks of samples, sirens and po   More
Wednesday, July 22, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Joy, Appendixes, Tender Age: Show Preview

Music Stories
[LOVEMORE] It’s hard to break new ground in shoegaze. By definition alone, the genre tag—designated by the British music press in the late ’80s to describe loud, brittle bands like My Bloody   More
Wednesday, June 10, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Speedy Ortiz, Alex G, Broken Water

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[BRIGHTEN THE CORNERS] Speedy Ortiz’s music is knotty and intricate, sure, but you don’t need a Ph.D. in musicology to untangle its many pleasures. On both a physical and lyrical level, the    More
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Torres, Aero Flynn at Doug Fir Lounge

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[STORIES FROM THE CITY] Mackenzie Scott doesn’t take things lightly. The singer-songwriter, who records under the name Torres, has written one of the most intense, unflinching albums of the year   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: Mackintosh Braun

Arcadia (Chop Shop/Island)

Album Reviews
[PASSION PIT PANDORA] Portland synth-pop duo Mackintosh Braun just want you to love them. Playing together since 2006, the pair are well known to television execs—they’ve placed songs on Gre   More
Wednesday, May 13, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Live Review: Sleater-Kinney at Crystal Ballroom, 5/5


Sleater-Kinney are finally home.  After starting its reunion tour in Spokane, of all places, the band returned to the Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday night to play the same venue where it    More
Wednesday, May 6, 2015 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Philip Selway, Adem at the Old Church

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[EVERY BEAT IN ITS RIGHT PLACE] Drummer Philip Selway might be the least well-known member of Radiohead. For years, glossy features by the likes of Spin and Rolling Stone lauded the band’s democra   More
Wednesday, April 15, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Kimbra, Radiation City, Mikky Eko

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[SOMEBODY THAT YOU SHOULD KNOW] New Zealand singer Kimbra was just a blip on the international pop radar until she appeared on Gotye’s chart-smashing megahit “Somebody That I Used to Know” i   More
Wednesday, April 8, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Live Review: Young Thug & Travis Scott at Roseland Theater, April 1


Despite its limitations as a venue, the Roseland Theater is perfect for a certain type of hip-hop show—not legacy acts or old heads, but young, unhinged rappers that just want to turn the entire pit into on sweaty party. On April Fool’s Day, Atlanta weirdo rapper Young Thug and Houston’s Travis Scott hit town for the last stop on their Rodeo Tour, turning a quiet Wednesday night into a...   More
Friday, April 3, 2015 by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

It’s the Little Things

Twerps are a tiny band building a big buzz singing about small issues.

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When Australian indie-rock band Twerps set out to make their second album, the group hit the studio dogged by multiple uncertainties: new members, new songs and no record label. But instead of   More
Wednesday, April 1, 2015 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER
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