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Band: Ceremony. Album: Zoo

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
Matador (2012)
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  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)
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  September 16, 2011
Kurt Vile

Kurt Vile | Smoke Ring For My Halo

Matador (2011)
Matador (2011)
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  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.
Matador (2010)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  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)
By REYAN ALI  |  April 30, 2010

Harlem | Hippies

There’s a Flying V–shaped hole in my heart left by the death of Jay Reatard.
Matador (2010)
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  April 09, 2010


Arty crashers

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
By REYAN ALI  |  February 19, 2010

Crash proof

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
By MATT PARISH  |  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.
Matador (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  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
By BRETT MICHEL  |  January 17, 2006