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Label Made: The story of Captured Tracks

The corner of West and Noble is a quiet, industrial area of Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

By LIZ PELLY  |  December 21, 2012

Graduate studies

I'm not a big fan of the "you are what you eat" theory of musical influence. I've experienced enough defective Radiohead knockoffs in my day to know that a group's favorite bands often have nil to do with how their music will sound. I also think that o
The learning curve of Lissy Trullie
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 11, 2009

Present perfect

For some hip-hop heads, artists like Mickey Factz represent everything that reeks in rap. Between his bypassing the rugged underground, blowing up on-line, and occasionally kicking Kanye-esque arrogance, he's an easy target for so-called purists.
Mickey Factz is here to catch your asses up.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 02, 2009

Lady killers

“Maybe over there? Try over there . . . ” The muffled voice in the background sounds defeated.
Vivian Girls find fans, lose shoes
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 08, 2008

It takes two

The makeupbreakup machine officially gets cranking on August 19 when their debut EP, We Prefer Not To . . . (s.a.f. records), is released. Call it electro-surf power-pop?
makeupbreakup are ready to make their move
By CHRIS CONTI  |  July 30, 2008

Telling the Truth

Providence hip-hop ain’t what you think it is.
Prolyphic and Reanimator bring it
By BOB GULLA  |  May 07, 2008


Armor for Sleep

It's kind of refreshing to hear a bitchy emo record that doesn’t direct all its ire toward the heartless females.
Smile for Them | Sire
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  December 26, 2007

Rockin’ ’n’ rulin’

Girls Rock & Girls Rule, founded by G-Spot lead singer Gail Silverman, was created five years ago to raise awareness and exposure for independent female artists.
Girls together outrageously in Newport; the Agents; and more
By BOB GULLA  |  September 18, 2007

Present tensions

If it weren’t for the Middle East — the Cambridge club, not the region — NYC’s latest musical cause célèbre might not exist.
Battles look to the future, not the past
By WILL SPITZ  |  July 10, 2007

Disco lives!

Hard to get to but wonderful to visit, Jamaica Plain is one of the secret jewels in the Boston crown. DJ Joseph Colbourne, "Color Mix" (mp3)
Color at the Milky Way, plus Berlin in Boston
By DAVID DAY  |  May 29, 2007

Hip and free VBS.TV

In collaboration with Vice magazine, Spike Jonze has put together an on-line TV station.
But will it play in Peoria?
By RICHARD BECK  |  April 24, 2007


Ratatattle tale

Indie kids aren’t known for their dance moves.
Ratatat, Paradise, March 15, 2007
By JULIA KAGANSKIY  |  March 16, 2007

Slow grow

The great-great-great grandson of Ralph Waldo Emerson rocks out. Grizzly Bear, "On a Neck, On a Spit" (mp3)
The steady triumph of Grizzly Bear
By WILL SPITZ  |  January 30, 2007

Who wants to be Tony Millionaire?

Tony Millionaire’s working habits are monastic.
Drunk on cheap beer and india ink, a Gloucester artist’s creatures are ready for their close-up
By MIKE MILIARD  |  April 12, 2006

Blood, felt, and rock and roll, day five

Donkey Kong; the barking of a dog proves less worrisome than the bite of its soundman; the inappropriate uses of Oingo Boingo; Uncle Monsterface ponders the transformative properties of old laundry.
Night Raleigh

Gratis expectations

Now is the winter of our discontent. That last heating bill nearly caused a coronary, and this month’s will only be worse.
Free booze! Free books! Free movies! Free iPods! A guide to getting something for nothing
By MIKE MILIARD  |  January 18, 2006