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Purity Ring | Shrines
Ever imagined what it would be like to hear an angel-voiced woman recite a book of fairy tales in the back of a nightclub at 2 am as drowsy synth lines float through the speakers?
| July 20, 2012
Mark Lanegan Band | Blues Funeral
Unlike a few of his early '90s Seattle contemporaries who made tons of money, erstwhile Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan has not died, put out shitty records, or made a self-deprecating cameo on Portlandia.
| February 03, 2012
The Big Pink | Future This
The Big Pink's name is forgettable and their sound is too generic to describe. Sneering electronic dance-rock heavy on synths and slowed-down '90s rave beats? They might as well be the Klaxons.
| January 13, 2012
Gang Gang Dance trip the light fantastic
Some musicians craft songs meant to elicit an emotion, and some fashion sonic mazes for the listener to get lost in. Over the course of a decade-plus career in shape-shifting psych, Brooklyn's Gang Gang Dance have found a way to do both.
| July 08, 2011
tUnE-yArDs | w h o k i l l
Armed with a few delay pedals, a smattering of percussive devices, and a fucking ukelele , she creates a vocal army of one.
| May 27, 2011
Deerhunter | Halcyon Digest
The only reason Halcyon Digest doesn't get a perfect four stars is that absolute classic isn't Deerhunter's style.
| October 01, 2010
Reunited and it feels so . . . heavy
Lead Throwing Muse Kristin Hersh has often said that she doesn't write her songs so much as channel them, so it wasn't surprising that at times it felt like tonight's sold-out crowd was witnessing an onstage exorcism.
Throwing Muses, live at the Middle East Downstairs, March 14, 2009
| March 17, 2009
Department of Eagles | In Ear Park
Rare is the side project that outstrips the better-known band, but Dan Rossen, one of the main men of Grizzly Bear, does just that with his “other band,” Department of Eagles.
| October 21, 2008
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