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Ceremony | Zoo
Ceremony aren't as intellectual or dryly hilarious as Wire and don't attempt a comparable stylistic variety, but the raucous Zoo is a fine tribute to Wire's heavier side, alternating between powerful, lumbering riffs and manic splatters of guitar nois
| March 16, 2012
Girls | Father, Son, Holy Ghost
The reason Father, Son, Holy Ghost is so uniquely, imperfectly swell is because the band plainly give fuck-all about convention or stylistic uniformity.
True Panther Sounds/Matador (2011)
| September 16, 2011
Kurt Vile | Smoke Ring For My Halo
| March 04, 2011
The New Pornographers | Together
Once a group of Canadian unknowns masquerading as a supergroup, the New Pornographers are no longer entirely Canadian or unknown, and neither are they the same cavalier bunch who redefined left-field power pop for the Naughts.
| May 07, 2010
Male Bonding | Nothing Hurts
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 Americ
Sub Pop (2010)
| April 30, 2010
Harlem | Hippies
There’s a Flying V–shaped hole in my heart left by the death of Jay Reatard.
| April 09, 2010
Fucked Up's career is a game of dares they're winning. Over the past few years, the Toronto band have trashed a bathroom on an MTV broadcast, played a 12-hour set in a NYC boutique, reeled in random notables like David Cross, Bob Mould, and Nelly Furtado
Fucked Up live to conquer the improbable
| February 19, 2010
I've never trusted music that's too engineered, too perfect. Headphones on the drummer and a hundred tracks running off a laptop? Most bands practice and practice to get things just right, but it's that threat of the unexpected that makes a show worth
Arms and Sleepers are more than just a hard drive
| October 02, 2009
Kurt Vile | Childish Prodigy
Kurt Vile's punny name, as well as the title of his latest full-length album, bespeaks low-art subversion.
| October 02, 2009
An unlikely Bond
Having ceded his signature role to a younger Bond, Pierce Brosnan couldn’t have planned a better escape route from the clutches of SPECTRE than with his portrayal of a profane, boozy killer.
Brosnan and Kinnear hit it off in The Matador
| January 17, 2006
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