Slight Return

The Constantines are back, but it’s best not to get too attached.

Music Stories When the members of Canadian punk band the Constantines ended their four-year hiatus earlier... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Introducing: Muscle and Marrow

Music Stories Who: Kira Clark (vocals, guitar), Keith McGraw (drums, samples). Sounds like: A funeral... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Puddles Pity Party at the Alberta Rose, Sept. 28

What makes the sad clown sing?

Music Stories Interviewing a 6-foot-8 singing clown named Puddles poses some interesting problems.  For... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY

Album Review: Witch Mountain

Mobile of Angels (Profound Lore)

Album Reviews [DIRGE METAL] Witch Mountain’s Mobile of Angels starts with slow, bluesy riffage,... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH
 
 

Puddles Pity Party at the Alberta Rose, Sept. 28

What makes the sad clown sing?

Music Stories Interviewing a 6-foot-8 singing clown named Puddles poses some interesting problems.  For starters, the man behind the makeup, performance artist Mike Geier, prefers to keep himself distan ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY

Slight Return

The Constantines are back, but it’s best not to get too attached.

Music Stories When the members of Canadian punk band the Constantines ended their four-year hiatus earlier this year in honor of the reissue of their landmark 2003 album, Shine a Light, they had a few probl ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Introducing: Muscle and Marrow

Music Stories Who: Kira Clark (vocals, guitar), Keith McGraw (drums, samples). Sounds like: A funeral procession through ice and mud that long ago lost the path to the burial site but continues to trudge on ad ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by WW Culture Staff

Album Review: Witch Mountain

Mobile of Angels (Profound Lore)

Album Reviews [DIRGE METAL] Witch Mountain’s Mobile of Angels starts with slow, bluesy riffage, which is exactly what fans have come to expect from the band after nearly 20 years together. But around the ... More

Sep 24, 2014 12:01 am by JAMES HELMSWORTH

Album Review: Night Mechanic

Day Surgery (AIO Soundings)

Album Reviews [BLUE-COLLAR GUITAR POP] Night Mechanic’s third album will hit like a rush of blood to the heart for anyone wondering where all the great indie-rock guitar bands have gone. It’s not just tha ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Lubec

The Thrall (Like Young)

Album Reviews [ROCK DEVELOPMENTS] At times overwrought in its effort to convey some heavy emotional states, Portland quartet Lubec turns in 11 tracks on a full-length debut that surveys life around the city. ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Elvis Has Left the Building

Perpetual sideman Steve Nieve steps uneasily into the spotlight.

Music Stories “What’s a groupie?”  That question, innocently posed by young, classically trained, rock-crazed keyboardist Steve Nason in the presence of famously profane pub-rocker Ian Dury in ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by JEFF ROSENBERG

NAAFI Team: Thursday, Sept. 18 at Holocene

A crew of Mexico City producers unite dance-culture cliques.

Music Stories Servers have cleared all the dirty dishes and tables from a large wooden warehouse in Mexico City. The comida corrida, a cheap lunchtime cafeteria, has closed. Night arrives in the city, but i ... More

Sep 17, 2014 12:01 am by MITCH LILLIE

Near Dark

Tim Hecker isn’t a tortured soul. He just plays one on record.

Music Stories Sound artist Tim Hecker spends a lot of interviews correcting misconceptions about himself, chief among them that he is not a 19th-century European vampire. It’s an understandable mistake, rea ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

How to Dance Like Future Islands: An Animated Guide

MFNW 2014 On a Monday night in early March, everything changed for Future Islands. The Baltimore synth-pop trio was in New York to make its national television debut on the Late Show With David Letterman, p ... More

Aug 13, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: The Skatalites, World’s Finest, the Sentiments, the Disliked

Music Stories [FIRST-WAVE SKA] Amid the clamor for freedom from British rule, Jamaican musicians began stewing R&B, jazz and island music, arriving at something that over time has been both internationall ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Hustle and Drone

Holyland (Red Bull Sound Select)

Album Reviews [SYNTH POP] Despite its ubiquity on Top 40 charts the past three decades, synth-pop music has rarely felt both modern and sincere. In the ’80s, the omnipresence of chintzy Casio presets often ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Show Preview: Holiday Friends at Mississippi Studios, September 12

Beach pop from the Oregon Coast gets its groove from relationships gone bad.

Music Stories Like so many indie-rock bands, Holiday Friends started in college. Founding members Scott Fagerland and Jesse Wityczak began writing songs together in 2008 while students at the University of ... More

Sep 10, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Musée Mécanique

From Shores of Sleep (Tender Loving Empire)

Album Reviews [ORCHESTRAL DREAMSCAPES] You’ve heard the saying, “A smooth sea never made for a skilled sailor,” right? This phrase doesn’t seem to apply to the guys of Musée Mécanique, who, on their ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Storm Large

Le Bonheur (Heinz)

Album Reviews [WHITE JAZZ] Less than a decade removed from titillating dowagers at Union Station’s piano bar, Storm Large has so successfully bum-rushed the global celebrity apparatus that her side projec ... More

Sep 3, 2014 12:01 am by JAY HORTON
 

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