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Stereolab | Not Music

Despite making their online announcement of an indefinite hiatus last year, Stereolab haven't exactly been sitting on their keyboards.
Drag City (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  November 26, 2010

International sounds of the future

After all, the future is scary, but the past is fun.
Four who grooved to the space age
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 20, 2010

Contemporary retro

At what point does present-day genre saturation override a style's era of origin?
The icy synth-pop purr of Class Actress
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  July 09, 2010

No sleep ’til Brooklyn

There’s a lot to love about Slumberland Records, the DC-born, Oakland-based label that celebrated its 20th anniversary last weekend with sold-out shows in Washington, DC, and Brooklyn.
Maine ties to Slumberland Records’ 20th anniversary weekend
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  November 20, 2009

Privacy policy

When last we left Bradford Cox of Deerhunter, it was November of 2008, and he was ready to put that year to bed. A couple of months earlier, an eager fan downloading one of Cox's many "virtual seven-inches" had sleuthed out a whole Mediafire folder full
Atlas Sound shines through on Logos
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 16, 2009

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


Bachelorette | My Electric Family

Annabel Alpers's debut album for Drag City (as Bachelorette) seems wholly devoted to her first uttered ground rule: "Daydream: Make sure it's good stuff."
Drag City (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  June 05, 2009

Soundcarriers | Harmonium

The first album from this Nottingham-based band is California dippy: whispered female/male harmonies, slack flutes, swinging drums, comping Hammond organs, and a bass player who finds basic funk riffs in every progression.
Melodic (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  May 29, 2009

The Low Frequency in Stereo | Futuro

Unlike some of my fearless reviewers, I suffer from spells of apprehension when confronted by a Rune Grammofon release.
Rune Grammofon (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 03, 2009

Groop therapy

I can say without fear of clogging next week’s Letters section that Chemical Chords (the new Stereolab album, and their first on 4AD) is right up there in the top three Stereolab albums evah.  
Stereolab do it again for the first time
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 01, 2008

Dead Child

From the first monster-metal riff and warlock scream, it’s pleasantly obvious where Dead Child are headed on their full-length debut.

Attack | Quarterstick/Touch and Go

By MATT ASHARE  |  April 29, 2008


Night work

Thurston Moore, Eddie Vedder, and Kevin Drew don’t play in the kind of rock bands that privilege streamlined sonics over the expression of individual creative wills.
Thurston Moore, Eddie Vedder, and Kevin Drew go solo
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 25, 2007


Psapp's assured and charming second album boasts weirder beats and more danceable rhythms than similar efforts by UK ingénues Imogen Heap and Dido.
The Only Thing I Ever Wanted | Domino
By ELISABETH DONNELLY  |  June 20, 2006