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Julianna Barwick | The Magic Place

Julianna Barwick grew up singing hymns in churches in Louisiana and Missouri, and now the Brooklyn singer replicates those grandiose choir sounds as a solo artist, cloning and looping her own wordless vocals, stringing ambient patchworks with minimal ins
Asthmatic Kitty (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 12, 2011

SXSW 2010: British Invasion

These four bands from the UK left me hungry for more.
WFNX honcho rates his four best English bands at SXSW
By MIKE TIERNEY  |  March 26, 2010

Julianna Barwick | Florine

When someone describes an album as “hmmm, I dunno, sort of like Enya if she were from Brooklyn” — that person is not setting you up for success with said album.
Emusic (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 04, 2009

Same difference

"I grew so weary of playing by myself on the laptop. I felt so controlled by the computer."
It's a pleasure keeping the Field on repeat
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 15, 2009

You're the inspiration

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 09, 2009

Yule be sorry

It eventually occurred to me that most if not all of the Christmas music I listened to, I did so in the service of some ulterior message.
Little gifts lurk among holiday horrors
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 11, 2008


He loves the ’80s

“My relationship to the music of the ’80s is very genuine. There’s no irony to it.”
M83 recaptures your youth
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2008

M83: Saturdays = Youth

Saturdays = Youth is M83’s version of a high-school yearbook — aural snapshots documenting gilded angsty awkwardness in all its glory.


By SHARON STEEL  |  April 15, 2008

Post-punk pantheon

They were, by definition, misfits.
Daydream Nation  tops our list of 10 landmark albums that made indie rock
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  July 16, 2007


This foursome from Denton, Texas, met while studying jazz at the University of North Texas, but they went off in a totally different direction as Midlake.
The Trials of Van Occupanther | Bella Union
By CAITLIN CURRAN  |  February 06, 2007

Back in the trip-hop groove

There are always questions before the lights go down at a show, but Massive Attack offered more to ponder than usual at the Orpheum Sunday night. Massive Attack at Orpheum Theatre, October 1, 2006
Massive Attack, Orpheum Theatre, October 1, 2006
By MATTHEW GASTEIER  |  October 03, 2006


The Rockers’ new groove

Indie- and alt-rockers have always had a difficult relationship with dancing.
New indie-rock dance tracks
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 11, 2006

Confuzed Disco

This two-CD reissue of Italian disco tracks from 1978 to 1982 has sharply electronic, sound-effected, atmospheric music full of speeded-up funk and slowed-down soul.
A Retrospective of Italian Records | IRMA import
By MICHAEL FREEDBURG  |  June 14, 2006

On the Racks: May 30, 2006

Plus, Jamie Lidell and Herbert get in the mix.
Sophie Barker, Les Claypool, and Peeping Tom  
By MATT ASHARE  |  May 31, 2006

Slow dives

Surely the Interpol dick-riding will end soon, yes?
Shoegaze standouts
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  April 24, 2006