October 22nd, 2010

The Roots Are Still Right On

The Roots

The Roots are high on the list of artists I’ve seen live the most times.  My first time was in high school at Drew University during the Things Fall Apart tour, and most recently I had the pleasure of catching one of The Roots Jam shows at Highline Ballroom this past summer.  The realization that [...]

May 5th, 2010

Jay Electronica Channels Biggie Smalls

jayelectronica

If you’ve read a music magazine any time in the last two years, you’re probably aware that Drake is the hottest new rapper in the game right now.  If you’ve read a music blog any time in that period, you may also be aware that the man pictured above, the elusive Jay Electronica, is the hottest new [...]

April 29th, 2010

Fang Island “Daisy”

Fang Island - Daisy

Back in November 2001, hip-hop was still my genre of choice and I was a little too engrossed by the Jay-Z/Nas beef to check out a rock artist screaming about “partying hard.”  Being unfamiliar with Andrew WK’s work, I wasn’t that intrigued when I kept reading about Fang Island, an up-and-coming group that shares his [...]

April 3rd, 2010

Delorean “Stay Close”

Delorean

Delorean is an alternative dance band from Barcelona and the most recent signee to True Panther Sounds, the NYC-based indie label that was purchased by Matador Records late last year.  True Panther is best known for putting out Album by Girls, one of last year’s most critically acclaimed indie records.  If you want a cheap [...]

March 27th, 2010

The Soft Pack “Answer to Yourself”

The Soft Pack

It’s pretty much obligatory when writing about The Soft Pack that you mention that the band’s former name was The Muslims.  Now that’s out of the way, let’s talk about music.  Between their two 7” releases and the ubiquity of “Parasites” on mixtapes, I feel like I’ve been hearing about The Soft Pack forever, but [...]

March 26th, 2010

LCD Soundsystem “Drunk Girls”

LCD Soundsystem - Drunk Girls

It’s going to take a few days to fully digest this, but the first single from the third and possibly final LCD Soundsystem LP just hit the web a few hours ago.  I don’t really expect the as-yet-unnamed album to be as good as their last album, 2007’s Sound of Silver, which was my #1 album [...]

March 25th, 2010

The National “Bloodbuzz Ohio”

The National - Bloodbuzz Ohio

There are lots of great bands with new records coming out this year, in fact it’s getting harder every day to name one that isn’t and it’s only March.  Another addition to the list is The National who recently announced the release of their new album, High Violet, which will be out in May.  That’s [...]

March 24th, 2010

Blitzen Trapper “Heaven and Earth”

Blitzen Trapper

Punk rock and the indie movement it spawned are historically seen as an adverse reaction to the 1970’s easygoing brand of hippie rock and its prevalence on American radio.  The popularity of this music hasn’t waned a bit as classic rock is still one of the go-to radio formats, but for new artists making this [...]

March 23rd, 2010

Local Natives “Sun Hands”

Local Natives - Sun Hands

Most music blogs aren’t written for everybody, they’re written for people like me.  These blogs are like A&R people scouting their local scenes to discover new acts and introduce them to their readers, many of whom are also bloggers.  Consequently, the music blogs, and in turn the indie rock world, tend to revolve around “flavor [...]

March 22nd, 2010

YACHT “Psychic City”

YACHT

The roots of dance-punk can be traced to the late ‘70s and early ‘80s and acts like Talking Heads and New Order, but its current incarnation, centered around The DFA, is an animal all its own and one of the most exciting things to happen in music in the last decade.  The DFA is a [...]