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Off the record?

Pity the album. After a half-century of embarrassingly public body issues, our essential rock unit has not entered the new millennium looking very healthy. EPs are way more in vogue, MP3s have intangibility on their side, and 12-inches just sound imp
Ten albums to get . . . while we still have albums
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  September 18, 2009

The Most Serene Republic | . . . And the Ever Expanding Universe

The Most Serene Republic were the first group signed to Arts and Crafts that had no relationship to Broken Social Scene.
Arts and Crafts (2009)
By JAKE COHEN  |  July 03, 2009

Record reviewers

The problem with these “play your most revered album in full” shows that everyone from Public Enemy to Liz Phair is doing lately is that the correct answer is not always a no-brainer.  
Meat Puppets, Dinosaur Jr, and Built to Spill at the Orpheum, September 27, 2008
By RYAN STEWART  |  October 01, 2008

The year the music thrived

Bad times for the big guys have generally been good news for the rest of us.
National pop: 2007 in review
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 17, 2007

Band of Horses

Much has changed for Band of Horses and their mercurial frontguy, singer/guitarist Ben Bridwell, since they quietly released their debut album.
Cease to Begin | Sub Pop
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 30, 2007


The real album of the year is a disc that probably didn’t cross many people’s paths in 2006, a Rhino comp titled Future Retro that pairs various DJs/electronicists (Richard X, Tiga, the Crystal Method) with classic new-wave tracks by the Cure, Echo &am
A year in national pop
By MATT ASHARE  |  December 28, 2006


Lessons for (college) life

All right, kiddos, listen up.
What today’s freshmen can learn from yesterday’s seniors’ mistakes
By NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  September 01, 2006

Built to Spill

With the exception of certain hipper-than-thou types, the verdict on You in Reverse , Built To Spill’s first album in five years and their sixth overall, is unanimously — almost giddily — positive.
YOU IN REVERSE | Warner Bros.
By MATT ASHARE  |  April 14, 2006

Spring break

Spring rules
The best of what's to come in March, April & May
By WILL SPITZ  |  March 09, 2006