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The Mekons | Ancient & Modern

Considering that the Mekons have made almost 20 albums and have been around since CHiPS debuted on television (1977), they are keeping it pretty fresh.
Bloodshot (2011)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  September 23, 2011

Cowboy junkie

England in the mid-’80s, gray and depressed by Thatcherism and the Smiths, wasn’t a place folks typically dressed to the nines in ten-gallon hats, bolo ties, and Nudie shirts. But such were the sartorial choices made those days by the members of the Meko
In his paintings and music, Jon Langford resurrects and pays respect to a vanished American past
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 09, 2010

Review: Talbot Tagora | Lessons in the Woods or a City

If you came up as a rail-thin indie kid in the '90s listening to aggressively confusing guitar rock and are now a bit fatter and wondering why nobody is ripping the fuck out anymore, then 1) I probably already know you, so hey, and 2) holy shit,
Hardly Art (2009)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  August 14, 2009

Celebration of sound

Despite living in a world that is seemingly rotating off its axis and just plain miserable, there are, believe it or not, many reasons to give thanks.
Kris Hansen’s Left Hand Band; plus, New Year’s Eve options
By BOB GULLA  |  December 26, 2007

Guest lists 2007

Phoenix and WFNX staffers submit their ten best albums of the year
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  December 21, 2007

Listen up

It’s the first year a long time where I truly felt like I didn’t listen to enough music.
Providence national pop + jazz picks: 2007 in review
By JIM MACNIE  |  December 18, 2007


Revving it up

The Wrong Reasons have mustered a gallant comeback, and this time it’s for all the right reasons.
The Wrong Reasons tough it out; plus, Machines with Magnets
By BOB GULLA  |  September 04, 2007

Noise ploys

Vision Creation Newsun  was a fitting finale for the Japanese noise-rock band Boredoms.
Rediscovering the joys of Japan’s Boredoms
By RICHARD BECK  |  June 25, 2007

Bad-news bearers

There are echoes all across Gala Mill (ATP), the new album by the Australian band the Drones. The Drones, "I Don't Ever Want to Change" (mp3)
The Drones’ fatal shore
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  January 09, 2007

Proud to be loud

So what would prompt a person to fly to Chicago for a long weekend only to stand around at a music festival whose headliners were on the level of the unpronounceable !!!, the Steve Albini/Bob Weston noise machine Shellac, and Arizona Giant Sand mates Cal
Inside Touch and Go’s indie empire
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 20, 2006

Future heads

Matador head and contrarian tastemaker Gerard Cosloy recently wrote: “No, post-punk does not actually exist.”
Digging for post-punk gold
By FRANKLIN BRUNO  |  June 13, 2006


Post-punk prophet

With a narrative arc that begins in the London dub dungeon of Public Image Limited and ends in the worldbeating semen storm of Frankie Goes to Hollywood, the whole grand experiment of post-punk is tracked and given coherence.
Simon Reynolds rips into rock’s strangest era
By JAMES PARKER  |  March 21, 2006