Unknown Pleasures

Peter Hook brings New Order’s deep cuts into the light.

Music Stories “I’ve never seen a group bicker as plainly and as openly as me and twat-face,” Peter... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Top Five Boy-Band Solo Albums Not By Justin Timberlake

Top 5 JC Chasez, Schizophrenic (2004) While Timberlake was still in his Off the Wall phase,... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Mirel Wagner at Bunk Bar—November 21

Scary folk songs to sing in the dark.

Music Stories Mirel Wagner raises a lot of questions on her new album, the first being “What’s... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY

Show Preview: Sturgill Simpson, Lucette

Music Stories [BIG BRITCHES] Jesus gets name-checked in the first few lines of Sturgill Simpson's... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Album Review: Brakemouth

Marlene (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [SOLO SYNTH POP] Brakemouth is Casey Frantum, a one-man avalanche of guitar-driven... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARK STOCK
 
 

Top Five Boy-Band Solo Albums Not By Justin Timberlake

Top 5 JC Chasez, Schizophrenic (2004) While Timberlake was still in his Off the Wall phase, Chasez—the brooding underwear model to JT’s boy next door—skipped straight to FutureSex/LoveSounds, ropin ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Unknown Pleasures

Peter Hook brings New Order’s deep cuts into the light.

Music Stories “I’ve never seen a group bicker as plainly and as openly as me and twat-face,” Peter Hook says over the phone from his room at a Toronto Holiday Inn. The founding bassist of Joy Division a ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Show Preview: Sturgill Simpson, Lucette

Music Stories [BIG BRITCHES] Jesus gets name-checked in the first few lines of Sturgill Simpson's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, the Kentucky native's second album. That dead guy's name, though, is qu ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

Mirel Wagner at Bunk Bar—November 21

Scary folk songs to sing in the dark.

Music Stories Mirel Wagner raises a lot of questions on her new album, the first being “What’s underneath the floor?” That comes in the chorus of “1 2 3 4,” which opens When the Cellar Children See ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY

Album Review: Brakemouth

Marlene (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [SOLO SYNTH POP] Brakemouth is Casey Frantum, a one-man avalanche of guitar-driven electronica, operating high atop prefab samples, typically in the form of synthesizers and neatly ironed drums. ... More

Nov 19, 2014 12:01 am by MARK STOCK

Stockholm Syndrome

Why metal fans should love First Aid Kit.

Music Stories I hate to break it to you, but country music failed us. Once the genre of choice for outlaws and simple folks with big dreams, it’s become a streamlined industry of tepid tunes and Nashville ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by NATHAN CARSON

Album Review: Rocket 3

Burn (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [POP ROCK] The fun of Rocket 3’s debut album, Burn, is in its contrasts. Framed by singer Ramune Nagisetty’s crunchy power chords and sweet, hazy vocals, the album leans toward rock-inflecte ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by KAITIE TODD

Album Review: Future Historians

Portrait of Self (Self-Released)

Album Reviews [SHIMMERY FOLK] When Future Historians’ Dave Shur set out to put together his band, he had a single quote in mind: “It’s actually very difficult to make something both simple and good.” ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by BRANDON WIDDER

Show Preview: Death From Above 1979

Music Stories [NO-WAVE FUNK] Looking back on the flash-in-the-pan success of Death From Above 1979’s debut record, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, it’s hard to pin down what sort of precedent led to the To ... More

Nov 12, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

What’s Your Pleasure?

Forty years ago, Portland’s best band was a funky soul orchestra from the streets of the Northeast.

Music Stories In 1974, Portland was a much funkier place. Though still primarily a rock town, one of the most popular and successful groups to emerge in that era was Pleasure, a nine-piece, jazz-tinged disco-so ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

Album Review: Atriarch

An Unending Pathway (Relapse)

Album Reviews [MACABRE METAL] If time is indeed a ceaseless circle, as the opening track on An Unending Pathway posits, then Atriarch’s latest album makes a great deal of sense. Pulling from Christian Death ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by DAVE CANTOR

United Nations: Friday, Nov. 7

Geoff Rickly slaughters punk’s sacred cows—including himself.

Music Stories United Nations’ Geoff Rickly is not to blame for emo’s crimes against humanity. Historians might use his old band, Thursday, as a punching bag for the punk subgenre’s unseemly shift from h ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by PETE COTTELL

Primer: A Millennial’s Guide to Slowdive

Music Stories WTF is “Slowdive”?  Slowdive is a pioneering shoegaze band from Reading, England. They formed in 1989 and split after just six years and three records, including landmark 1993 album Souv ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Album Review: The Shivas

You Know What To Do (K)

Album Reviews [BEACHY FEEDBACK] There are about six minutes in the middle of the Shivas’ new album when the band almost sounds gentle. The dreamy, Pet Sounds-styled instrumental “Beach Heads” leads into ... More

Nov 5, 2014 12:01 am by SHANNON GORMLEY

Album Review: Eyelids

854 (Jealous Butcher)

Album Reviews [INDIE-POP CLASSICISM] “Seagulls Into Submission,” the first song on Eyelids’ debut full-length, doesn’t storm out the gates so much as it glides. Hovering atop a graceful guitar riff an ... More

Oct 29, 2014 12:01 am by MATTHEW SINGER

The 11 Best Shows of Doug Fir’s First Decade

By Doug Fir’s bookers.

Top 5 Alicia Rose: Quasi and the Joggers (Oct. 9, 2004) This first night really set the pace for what was to come at Doug Fir. Sam and Janet of Quasi tore it up like they had built the place, and the ... More

Oct 15, 2014 12:01 am by WW MUSIC STAFF

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
 

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