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Matador Records (2013)
Matador Records (2013)
By GARRETT MARTIN  |  January 18, 2013

Take it to the Bridge

Report to Machines with Magnets and revel in the loudness on FRIDAY (the 9th) with San Fran's OXBOW (their only New England appearance), as well as local guests TINSEL TEETH and WHORE PAINT.
Plus, even more to do in Pawtucket
Yo La Tengo's awesome-sounding tour not coming to Boston, sadly

Yo La Tengo's awesome-sounding tour not coming to Boston, sadly

 Yo La Tengo's new tour sounds quite amazing:We’re going to split our performance into two sets. At the beginning of the night, we’ll bring a...
By Ryan Stewart  |  November 05, 2010

Legacy act

What does it say about the current scene when the standard full rock band of two guitars, bass, and drums can seem novel?
Mean Creek look forward to a long road
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  June 05, 2010

Various Artists | Songs For Chris Knox

On June 11 of last year, Chris Knox suffered a life-altering stroke.
Merge (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  February 19, 2010

Spring fever

As action-packed as the holidays are, they can be a real dead zone when it comes to decent shows.
Ten shows you didn't know you'd be going to
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 01, 2010


Dropping by with an old friend

Even before there were festivals like All Tomorrow’s Parties to formalize the concept, Sonic Youth have always given off a curatorial air.
Sonic Youth + The Feelies, live at the Wilbur Theatre, November 22, 2009
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  November 27, 2009

Do over

I tried hard to be born earlier, but it didn't work. As a result, I've had to contend with an irritatingly positioned cultural blind spot (roughly 1976–1986) that currently occupies all that open space once filled with childhood memories.
The Feelies pick up their legacy
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  November 20, 2009

Yo La Tengo | Popular Songs

Yo La Tengo are articulate, thoughtful purveyors of highbrow pop.
Matador (2009)
By MICHAEL PATRICK BRADY  |  August 21, 2009
New music: Yo La Tengo, "Periodically Double or Triple"

New music: Yo La Tengo, "Periodically Double or Triple"

LISTEN: Yo La Tengo, "Periodically Double or Triple" (mp3) Yes, Yo La Tengo sort of released an albu...
By Ryan Stewart  |  June 04, 2009

Papercuts | You Can Have What You Want

Hidden under reverb and aggressive analog production, the first sung lyrics on You Can Have What You Want belie what seems to be a cheery record title: "Once we walked in the sunlight three years ago this July."
Gnomonsong (2009)
By DEVIN KING  |  April 17, 2009


Condo Fucks | Fuckbook

In the unlikely event that you haven't already discovered this on the Internet: the Condo Fucks are not the "legendary New London, CT trio" they're described as on Matador's Web site.
Matador (2009)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  March 23, 2009

Year in Local Pop: Local motion

Bands come and go, but songs stick around.
Our 2008 playlist
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 22, 2008

Hipster University

On-campus concerts — for us graduates or college abstainers — offer a lot to complain about, but it’s worth taking a chance on a college gig or two this year.  
College rock hits the campus circuit
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  October 16, 2008

Crossword: ''Fools on film''

All is not as it seems
By MATT JONES  |  June 11, 2008

Funny business

“Ashlee Simpson’s new album sold so poorly,” snorted the headline on Yahoo! this past week, that “it was beaten by a comedy album.”
As the AltCom Festival arrives at the Somerville Theatre, we look at the roots of the indie comedy boom.
By MIKE MILIARD  |  May 07, 2008


Keeping it Clean

David Kilgour likes to claim he’s not a very driven fellow. At least not anymore.
David Kilgour looks to the future
By JONATHAN PERRY  |  February 05, 2008

Cold remedies

One suspects all colds are terrible in the world of Stephin Merritt.
Stephin Merritt warms up on Distortion
By MATT ASHARE  |  January 07, 2008

Covering Dylan

Dylan is his own cover band.
From Newport to I’m Not There
By CHARLES TAYLOR  |  November 20, 2007

Renewing their vows

Life obviously isn’t fair.
Spouse return after three years with Relocation Tactics
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  April 04, 2007

Pop elegy

If every generation has its Love Story , its tragic tale of romance and loss, then Rob Sheffield’s Love Is a Mix Tape is that book for those who came of age with indie rock.
Critic Rob Sheffield comes to terms with the death of his musical soul mate in Love Is a Mix Tape
By CLEA SIMON  |  March 10, 2007


Sounds like awesome

Citadel sound like every great psych-rock band from the late ’60s, and Modern Syndrome sound like every great indie-rock band from the ’90s.
Citadel and Modern Syndrome put their influences to bed
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 07, 2007

Guest lists

What small, private lists like this remind us is that big, honking institutional lists are largely fictions, mirages of a consensus that no longer exists, if it ever really did in the first place.
 What 30 of the Phoenix 's music critics liked this year
By PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 02, 2007

Heard ’round here

There were lots of great records to choose from, so I decided not to limit the list to 10 selections.
15 reasons to be cheerful
By BOB GULLA  |  December 20, 2006

Tempera and Citadel

Saturday night at SPACE Gallery was packed with Portland locals and holiday visitors to see a lineup comprised of entirely homegrown acts, including the already-lauded-in-this-column Cult Maze, so let’s focus on the other fresh faces of the evening.
SPACE Gallery, November 20, 2006
By IAN PAIGE  |  November 29, 2006

Hunting the wild Klosterman

He is Charles John “Chuck” Klosterman: pop-culture critic, four-time author, celebrity profiler, Esquire columnist, ESPN Page 2 sportswriter, former Spin senior editor, unrepentant Billy Joel fan. And he makes girls spit. Chuck Klosterman reads f
Things about the pop-culture writer that are true, things that might be true, and something that isn’t true at all
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  October 05, 2006


Yo La Tengo

As silly as the title sounds, it’s an accurate reflection of the we’re-not-afraid-to-take-on-anything attitude that’s propelled Yo La through the past dozen years. Yo La Tengo, “Pass the Hatchet, I Think I’m Goodkind”  
I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass | Matador
By MATT ASHARE  |  September 18, 2006

Going on sale: August 4, 2006

Lewis Black, Yo La Tengo, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Head Automatica, Madeleine Peyroux, and more.
Breaking news from the concert-ticket trade

Thumb’s up

When Tom Thumb, aka Andy Arch, last put a record out, it was a solo acoustic outing, bedroom folk music, one guitar and one voice.
Andy Arch and the Latter Day Saints’ masterful EP
By BOB GULLA  |  May 02, 2006

Game Six

Michael Hoffman’s look at one man’s reaction to the ’86 World Series has some bona fides: a screenplay by novelist Don DeLillo, strong turns from Robert Downey Jr. and Michael Keaton, a soundtrack by Yo La Tengo.
Keaton, Downey, Jr, Yo La Tengo, Don DeLillo revisit '86 World Series
By MIKE MILIARD  |  March 07, 2006