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Blurring electronic-pop reality with Providence's Math the Band

Around the age of 10 or 11, Kevin Steinhauser started having recurring dreams about supermarket shelves stocked with vintage keyboards.
Cellars by starlight
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  January 18, 2013
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What's F'n Next? Stepdad

The kaleidoscopic neon-pop of Stepdad, which shares some sonic DNA with the Double-P, has unpredictably blown out of Grand Rapids.
Grand Rapids, Michigan
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  November 30, 2012
FreeDimensional

Diamond Rings | Free Dimensional

"Love is a drug, and it's the only one I'm dealing," raps gender-bending synth-pop siren John O'Regan deep into his sophomore album.
Astralwerks (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 19, 2012
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Sun Airway | Soft Fall

One of the more remarkable evolutions in the contemporary musical underground may be Jon Barthmus's decade-long peregrination from hardcore punk to the ambitious electro-pop of Sun Airway.
Dead Oceans Records (2012)
By JAY BREITLING  |  October 12, 2012
Passion Pit: Gossamer

Passion Pit | Gossamer

It's now been more than three years since Cambridge-bred Passion Pit birthed debut Manners to critical acclaim, a wait largely the result of a two-year world-touring schedule.
Columbia (2012)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 20, 2012
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Tanlines | Mixed Emotions

Mixed Emotions is a shiny bear-hug of an album — sometimes short on fresh ideas, but never lacking in heart.
True Panther Sounds (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  March 16, 2012


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Justice blaze new trails for dance music

Most musicians, at a certain point, discover a paradox at the center of the whole act of musical creation: that seemingly complex music can be simple, and that making simple music is often a complex process. After all, what do you expect in a medium whe
For all
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 16, 2012
Off the record: Mark Lanegan Band

Mark Lanegan Band | Blues Funeral

Unlike a few of his early '90s Seattle contemporaries who made tons of money, erstwhile Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan has not died, put out shitty records, or made a self-deprecating cameo on Portlandia.
4AD (2012)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 03, 2012
Dark Past

Brite Futures | Dark Past

A few years ago, the cutesy teens in Natalie Portman's Shaved Head slid out of Seattle on the hot pink shoulders of robo-bounce kinda-hit "Me + Ur Daughter" and the cheap intrigue of a ridiculous moniker.
Turnout (2011)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  January 27, 2012
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Digitalism dance to the harmony of song

Obviously there aren't meaningful lines between dance, pop, and indie-rock anymore, since more and more instrument-focused acts born as rock bands are leaning on the techniques of electronic music production to modernize their sound.
Heartthrob
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  November 25, 2011
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The Good Natured | Skeleton

The seven-song Skeleton EP is a combination of two previous import EPs, sounding already like an immediate best-of, compiling six Good Natured studio tracks and a (throwaway) remix.
Astralwerks (2011)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 30, 2011


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The Horrors change more than their hair

Near the end of my conversation with Rhys Webb, bassist for Southend-on-Sea quintet the Horrors, I begin to sense the exasperation in his voice.
Makeover
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 24, 2011
drumz-list

The Drums | Portamento

If the Mozzer himself is going to stay forever ensconced in his elder-statesman Vegas Era, then I'll gladly take this bold blond bout of Morrissey youth-worship wrapped nicely in 2011's garage-pop wave.
Frenchkiss (2011)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 09, 2011
I wrestled a bear once

The schizoid stronghold of Iwrestledabearonce

The experts claim irony is dead, but the experts are stupid morons. Irony is an abstract concept. It was never alive, therefore cannot die.
Metal hedge
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  August 05, 2011
Nadia Oh taking over the dancefloor

Nadia Oh | Colours

Tiger Trax (2011)
Tiger Trax (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 01, 2011
Yelle list

Yelle | Safari Disco Club

In the four years since French electro queen Yelle released her debut, Pop Up, a gaggle of comparable female dance-pop characters — from Gaga to La Roux to Robyn — have made their way into the spotlight.
Barclay Records (2011)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  April 01, 2011


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Billed as a collaborative project, the debut from Boston-bred producer and video artist Ghostdad and Spank Rock–associated XXXChange and Chris Devlin feels a lot more like a loosely-curated DJ set than a cohesive album.
Vice Records (2011)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  February 11, 2011
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How the Decemberists ruined indie rock

If you're a regular reader of the Phoenix's music section, you'll have noticed a decided uptick in the space devoted to electronic music here lately: electro, laptop lo-fi, chillwave, superstar DJs, and whatever other bullshit genre we're about to hype n
Colin Meloy's crew have much to answer for
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  January 28, 2011
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The other river rave

When heads deserted the Chinatown-warehouse rave scene in the late '90s, the house loyalists from Soul Clap and Marz Entertainment were still cracking glow sticks.
Soul Clap and Marz bring life to the banks
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  June 19, 2009