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The sweet escape

Twin Sister lay their shimmering dreamscapes bare
When writers discuss Twin Sister's music, the word "dreamy" invariably pops up. It's not just a regurgitated cliché.
By REYAN ALI  |  July 05, 2010

Light Pollution | Apparitions

Carpark (2010)
Light Pollution unabashedly endorse marijuana use: “How many glass pipes can you find in this picture?” the band ask under a press photo posted on their MySpace.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 24, 2010

Suckers | Wild Smile

Frenchkiss (2010)
Dissenting from the almighty forces of fuzz-pop and the subgenres that have defined its counterparts for the past year or so, the Brooklyn-based Suckers' debut full-length is both frustratingly and pleasantly difficult to place in today's indie-rock landscape.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 16, 2010

Bonnaroo 2010 (Thursday + Friday): [Photos] Manchester Orchestra, Entrance Band, Young Veins, and Big Sam's Funky Nation

Live from Bonnaroo 2010 | June 10-11, 2010
Manchester Orchestra, Entrance Band, Young Veins, and Big Sam's Funky Nation, live at Bonnaroo 2010
By GARY GURTCHEFF  |  June 14, 2010

Into the weird

Welcome to our many small worlds
No, it's not your imagination: things are getting smaller. Or at least, it seems that way in the funhouse-mirror world of modern music, where the semi-demise of the major-label factory has colluded with the anti-star obsession of the underground to produce a chasing of microgenres into mazes of musical self-selection.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 10, 2010

Must be Marie

Marie Stella's debut EP full of pop and Trust
I’ve always loved Sydney Bourke’s contribution to Satellite Lot’s Second Summer album, and it’s great to see a band built around her excellent lead vocals with the indie-pop Marie Stella.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 01, 2010

Avi Buffalo | Avi Buffalo

Sub Pop (2010)
Look, I get it: the last thing we need right now is yet another band who can be described as “sun-baked,” “reverb-soaked,” or even just “psychedelic.” But Avi Buffalo (I know! An animal name to boot!) are worth your attention for a few reasons.
By RYAN STEWART  |  May 26, 2010

Review: Middle East and Laura Marling at SPACE

Music Seen
At SPACE Gallery, May 11
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  May 19, 2010

Crystal Castles | Crystal Castles (2010)

Fiction (2010)
The battlefield of ’00s electro-tantrum spazz-ravers is littered with the corpses of those who burned too brightly at the outset and, in the process, burned out any interest in a sustained career of noisemaking.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 19, 2010

Photos: Band of Horses at the Ames Hotel

Band of Horses, WFNX Ames Hotel Session, May 17, 2010
Band of Horses, live at WFNX Ames Hotel Session
By MELISSA OSTROW  |  May 18, 2010

High fidelity

Sonic Boom’s Spectrum are worth the trip
“It’s a complicated subject,” says Peter Kember — a man more commonly known by his pseudonym, Sonic Boom — on the relationship between music and drugs.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 17, 2010

Beats, rhymes, and Li(f)e

Sage Francis balances despair and hope on new album
Cult-status indie wordsmith Sage Francis digs deep and blows the black mold off the diary on Li(f)e (Anti-), while enlisting an impressive roster of indie-rock songwriters.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 05, 2010

Li(f)e story

Sage Francis gets by with a lot of help from his friends
Should nothing change over the next couple of months, July will mark one year since Providence’s Sage Francis — who comes to the Middle East this Wednesday — has written or recorded a single verse.
By REYAN ALI  |  May 07, 2010

Male Bonding | Nothing Hurts

Sub Pop (2010)
The ’90s generated lots of terrific pop culture — Sandman comics, Pulp Fiction, decent Mortal Kombat games, etc. — but quiz Male Bonding on their favorite product of the decade and, if they’re telling it straight, the London trio are bound to pick American indie rock.
By REYAN ALI  |  April 27, 2010

Roky Erickson With Okkervil River | True Love Cast Out All Evil

Anti- (2010)
True Love Cast Out All Evil finds troubled Texas psych-rock legend Roky Erickson reflecting on a life filled with turmoil.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 27, 2010

Freelance Whales | Weathervanes

Frenchkiss/Mom + Pop (2010)
Puritanical indie types unsettled by how well Owl City’s “Fireflies” fits on the new Radio Disney Jams 12 should comfort themselves with the debut from this suitably fringe-dwelling New York combo.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 22, 2010

Sam Amidon | I See the Sign

Bedroom Community
Sam Amidon is fascinated with the songbook of old Americana, and his radical yet tasteful reimaginings of traditional folk ballads and hymns breathe new life into a form often seen as quaint and old-fashioned.
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  April 15, 2010

Codeine Velvet Club | Codeine Velvet Club

Dangerbird (2010)
Like a Glaswegian version of Arctic Monkeys frontman Alex Turner’s Last Shadow Puppets , the Codeine Velvet Club project finds Jon Lawler of the Fratellis making retro-’60s supper-club pop with sweeping orchestral arrangements where the fuzzy guitars usually go.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 14, 2010

Javelin | No Más

Luaka Bop (2010)
No offense to 2009 or anything, but there’s something really refreshing about a Brooklyn-based, MySpace-made indie band’s releasing an album devoid of blatant art-rock agendas and half-assed attempts at cohesion.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  April 14, 2010

Photos: Vampire Weekend at the Ames Hotel

Vampire Weekend, live at the Ames Hotel, April 1, 2010
Photos of Vampire Weekend at a WFNX accoustic session at the Ames Hotel
By MELISSA OSTROW  |  April 13, 2010

MGMT | Congratulations

Columbia (2010)
Listening to the new MGMT album requires similar preparations to those for a prolonged psychedelic experience.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 07, 2010

Make yourself uncomfortable

Xiu Xiu bloom on Dear God
In the past month, Sandra Bullock’s husband betrayed her by screwing a white supremacist with a face tattoo, a Georgia teenager was granted the right to take his boyfriend to prom, and Ricky Martin declared himself a “fortunate homosexual man.”
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 06, 2010

The big (moving) picture: SXSW 2010 in HD video

Freelance Whales, Sleigh Bells, Vivian Girls, Japandroids and more
Videos of Freelance Whales, Le Loup, Sleigh Bells, and more.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  March 25, 2010

Jónsi | Go

XL (2010)
To the Sigur Rós fans still weeping over the band’s decision to scrap their latest full-length and take an indefinite paternity leave: dry your tears with Jónsi’s uplifting solo debut.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  March 23, 2010

Raven Used Books to nest on Newbury

When some years ago John Petrovato decided to make a career change, he swapped the insecurity of playing bass in a New Jersey–based indie-rock band for the uncertainty of selling used books in Montague, Massachusetts, a mill town on the banks of the Connecticut River not far from Springfield.
By PETER KADZIS  |  March 17, 2010

Sunderland smoothies

Field Music are ready to soft-rock
"We're two brothers trying to entertain ourselves and have a laugh in the studio," says Peter Bowens. "We have to pretend to be rock musicians."
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  March 17, 2010

Photos: Silversun Pickups at the Ames Hotel

Silversun Pickups' Ames Hotel session with 101.7 WFNX, March 6, 2010
Photos of the Silversun Pickups' visit to the Ames Hotel
By MELISSA OSTROW  |  March 12, 2010

Review: Vivian Girls at Great Scott

A sliver of summer in Allston
Could there be a more appropriate soundtrack to this past weekend's premature taste of spring than a Vivian Girls show?
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  March 12, 2010

Photos: Vivian Girls at Great Scott

Vivian Girls, live at Great Scott, March 8, 2010
Photos of Vivian Girls at Great Scott
By ERIN BALDASSARI  |  March 12, 2010

Photos: Muse and Silversun Pickups at TD Garden

Muse and Silversun Pickups, live at the TD Garden, March 6, 2010
Photos of Muse and Silversun Pickups at TD Garden
By CARINA MASTROCOLA  |  March 10, 2010

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