Michael Gira

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Swans are not dead

Let's (sadly) dispel a myth: in Swans' salad days, the New Yorkers might have been a repulsively loud band, but their predilection for brain-thumping volume did not cause audience members to vomit.
Michael Gira carries on his venomous ways
By REYAN ALI  |  October 01, 2010

Father Murphy | ... And He Told Us To Turn to the Sun

Harking back to an America where one's own lonely voice was the only radio and a BBQ meant a spit in the middle of the desert, Torino's Father Murphy hide detuned industrial textures within stripped-down, spacy folk instrumentation, like a man in a bla
Aagoo (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  July 31, 2009

Akron-Family | Set 'Em Wild, Set 'Em Free

Known for their anarchic live jams and percussive psych-folk, Akron/Family have shed their burly beats in favor of a more digestible, blissed-out flavor.
Dead Oceans (2009)

Five for fighting

Ripe pickings in The Orchard
Ripe pickings in The Orchard
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  December 17, 2008


Sweden's Axel Willner, better known as The Field, is one of minimal techno’s rising stars.
The Field and friends
By SUSANNA BOLLE  |  June 02, 2008

Xiu Xiu

Jamie Stewart has been releasing recordings at such a steady clip since 2002 that you might expect him to have run out of new ways to provoke discomfort.
Women as Lovers | Kill Rock Stars
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 18, 2008



Already digested the latest from Devendra Banhart and Animal Collective and still hungry for more new freak-folk sounds?
Love Is Simple | Young God
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 24, 2007

Soft sells

Quiet is the new loud, pretty is the new rocking, and acoustic is the new electric. The Mountain Goats, "Woke Up New" (YouTube)
The rise of indie rock’s cult of the singer-songwriter
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  September 22, 2006

More Thurston Moore

Just as R.E.M. will forever be associated with Athens, Georgia, Sonic Youth will always bring to mind downtown NYC. Taking Flight: Black Helicopter reach a higher plane of rock. By Matt Ashare Sonic Youth, "Incinerate" (mp3)
What a Sonic Youth guitarist does in Northampton
By MATT ASHARE  |  August 30, 2006

Mixing emotion

In the world of music, learning to play can mean different things. Mostly the phrase describes the process of nailing down the fundamentals of making an instrument bark.
Victory at Sea's All Your Things Are Gone
By TED DROZDOWSKI  |  February 07, 2006