Latest Articles


Neil Young inspires a chill new wave

Over six decades, Neil Young's musical expression has expanded beyond the rock and roll of his nascent years and the folk-rock that brought him his initial burst of renown.

By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  November 02, 2012

The evolving conceptual sounds of Neon Indian

Chillwave, a genre that blends bedroom-level production values with glowing synth-based atmospherics and vocals focused more on disconnected drizzle than tangible emotion, is the embodiment of how to disappear completely. At the forefront is Neon Indian
Heightened Era
By RYAN REED  |  October 14, 2011
memory tapes list

Memory Tapes | Player Piano

Tinny, lonely keyboards and aching romanticism lead the way for Player Piano's first two tracks, but a minute into "Today Is Our Life" it seems like the dude wants to create a song hopeful enough to end an '80s teen rom-com on a high note.
Carpark (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  August 06, 2011
Ernest Greene

Washed Out | Within and Without

Two summers ago, a number of glo-fi buzz bands surfed trendy chillwaves around the blogosphere, reaching mild popularity amongst fans of subtle, retro dance beats and laid-back vibes.
Sub Pop (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 15, 2011

Toro y Moi | Underneath The Pine

Carpark (2011)
Carpark (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  February 25, 2011

The 4 Best New Music Subgenres of 2010

Artists may not like to admit it, but genres are and always will be invaluable for discussing music.
Revisiting a year of tags, trends, and tribulations
By REYAN ALI  |  December 24, 2010


Small Black | New Chain

Listening to Small Black perform New Chain is like watching lovely but reclusive exotic fish wander around a fortified aquarium.
Jagjaguwar (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  November 19, 2010

Photos: Neon Indian's South End ''secret show''

Neon Indian perform at the power station on Harrison Ave in Boston as part of the "Secret Generator Series" on October 3, 2010
Neon Indian perform at the power station on Harrison Ave in Boston as part of the "Secret Generator Series" on October 3, 2010
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  October 08, 2010

Review: Teengirl Fantasy | 7AM

If the demise of traditional record making is designed to foster any band’s fruitful existence, it’s that of Teengirl Fantasy.
True Panther Sounds (2010)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  September 17, 2010

Review: Teen Daze | Four More Years

Naming genres of music is a tricky business, but goddamn if they didn't nail it with this chillwave shit.
Arcade Sound Ltd. (2010)
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  September 10, 2010

Past perfection

Everybody please stop calling Alan Palomo "nostalgic." When I check in with him last Friday, the dude seems far more interested in whatever is on the horizon than whatever's in the past.
The radiant, repressed pop of Neon Indian
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 05, 2010