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Mount Kimbie’s wallflower power

Sometimes making a statement from a corner of a room feels truer than making one from its center. Kai Campos — one-half of the London duo Mount Kimbie — believes that reasoning was crucial to his desire to make electronica in the first place.

By REYAN ALI  |  October 26, 2012
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Purity Ring | Shrines

Ever imagined what it would be like to hear an angel-voiced woman recite a book of fairy tales in the back of a nightclub at 2 am as drowsy synth lines float through the speakers?
4AD (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  July 20, 2012
Youth Lagoon

Contemplating the self with Youth Lagoon

Knowing what kind of wall hangings a musician had as a child doesn't always offer clues about his adult personality, but in the case of the Boise-situated creator of hazy pop project Youth Lagoon, Powers's posters provide handy visuals when listening to
Poster child
By REYAN ALI  |  March 30, 2012
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Lissy Trullie | Lissy Trullie

Lissy Trullie sounds simultaneously hungry and tepid, as if Trullie wants to make a big splash, but her album lacks the conviction or vision to make it happen.
Xenon/Downtown (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 16, 2012
Grimes -- Visions

Grimes | Visions

The debut record from Grimes, an alias of the Montreal-based Boucher, kicks off the peculiarity parade by presenting song titles steeped in cutesy affectation.
Arbutus (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  February 03, 2012
Onwards to the Wall - Review

A Place to Bury Strangers | Onwards to the Wall

Onwards to the Wall clocks in at 16 minutes and 35 seconds, and it could shatter into smithereens at any moment.
Dead Oceans (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  January 27, 2012


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From the bedroom to beyond with Craft Spells

There's been an enormous wave of musicians gaining notoriety for creating work where they sleep, and subsequently seeing their star rise as blogs have picked up on the results.
Temple of gloom
By REYAN ALI  |  July 29, 2011
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The sweet escape

When writers discuss Twin Sister's music, the word "dreamy" invariably pops up. It's not just a regurgitated cliché.
Twin Sister lay their shimmering dreamscapes bare
By REYAN ALI  |  July 02, 2010
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Against Me! | White Crosses

For a while, Against Me! were the most impassioned band on the planet.
Sire (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  June 25, 2010
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Dare to be filthy

After a few tours, any rock act worth its decibels should be able to name a couple of its wilder shows with little effort, but Justin Tranter’s pick for most memorable Semi Precious Weapons concert sounds especially libertine.
Semi Precious Weapons celebrate partying and poverty
By REYAN ALI  |  June 25, 2010
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Gravity and grace

Like most post-rock bands worth their “post-rock” tag, Mono — who come to the Middle East this Friday — just can’t help sounding immense.
Mono’s tender post-rock gets even bigger
By REYAN ALI  |  May 28, 2010


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Li(f)e story

Should nothing change over the next couple of months, July will mark one year since Providence’s Sage Francis — who comes to the Middle East this Wednesday — has written or recorded a single verse.
Sage Francis gets by with a lot of help from his friends
By REYAN ALI  |  May 07, 2010
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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
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Strange brew

Abe Vigoda (the band) celebrated the 89th birthday of Abe Vigoda (the man) by staying up till 5 am.
Abe Vigoda are smart enough to stay weird
By REYAN ALI  |  April 02, 2010
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Crime In Stereo | I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone

Crime in Stereo are fighting to grow out of hardcore.
Bridge Nine (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 12, 2010
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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


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Three on the floor

Their homonymous debut album in tow, Friendly Fires made news last July when they were shortlisted for the 2009 Mercury Prize, the English-music-industry accolade that brings with it £20,000 to one native artist or group.
Friendly Fires find life after hardcore
By REYAN ALI  |  December 04, 2009
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Bio beware

Elvis Perkins has got a backstory on him.
Elvis Perkins clears up his cloudy ballads
By REYAN ALI  |  November 27, 2009
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Epics in minutes

Rupert Clervaux has made a game out of reading how people dissect his band's sound. As a multi-instrumentalist in the London collective Sian Alice Group (who come to the Middle East on Monday), he hears the whole spectrum of genres.
Sian Alice Group make a lot from a little (of everything)
By REYAN ALI  |  October 16, 2009
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Major laser

Of Naked Raygun's many conquests, perhaps their greatest was impressing Steve Albini. In a 1992 Maximumrocknroll interview, Albini — the sharp-tongued musician/producer who, among other things, once dismissed Nirvana as "R.E.M. with a fuzzbox" and th
Naked Raygun assess their legacy
By REYAN ALI  |  September 04, 2009
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Major laser

Of Naked Raygun's many conquests, perhaps their greatest was impressing Steve Albini. In a 1992 Maximumrocknroll interview, Albini — the sharp-tongued musician/producer who, among other things, once dismissed Nirvana as "R.E.M. with a fuzzbox" and th
Naked Raygun assess their legacy
By REYAN ALI  |  September 04, 2009


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Major laser

Of Naked Raygun's many conquests, perhaps their greatest was impressing Steve Albini. In a 1992 Maximumrocknroll interview, Albini — the sharp-tongued musician/producer who, among other things, once dismissed Nirvana as "R.E.M. with a fuzzbox" and th
Naked Raygun assess their legacy
By REYAN ALI  |  September 04, 2009