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Dr. Dog is the drug
On their current trek, promoting their playful and raw seventh album, Be the Void (Anti-), Dr. Dog have reached headliner status, playing the biggest, most tightly packed rooms of their career.
| March 16, 2012
Nite Jewel | One Second of Love
Los Angeles songstress Ramona Gonzalez began home-recording dark dance music in 2008, attracting the attention of blogspots and boutique labels with her soulful voice, lo-fi post-disco beats, and distinct sense of weirdo minimalism.
Secretly Canadian (2012)
| March 09, 2012
Powering up with the Smith Westerns
Sometimes when we settle into the tattered sofa of lo-fi pop music, it's easy to imagine that the artists intended for it to be made this way.
| January 27, 2012
Guided by Voices | Let's Go Eat the Factory
The GBV name on Let's Go Eat the Factory' s label indicates two things to those fans: this is the first record to feature the "classic" Bee Thousand/Alien Lanes line-up since 1996, and this is the first Pollard album to deserve the GBV moniker since t
Guided By Voices, Inc. (2012)
| January 13, 2012
Tampa re-emerging as a death-metal hotbed
People up here in the Northeast normally associate Tampa, Florida, with balmy beaches and snowbirds. But look beyond the sands and the area is the perfect grindcore dystopia: boulevards flanked by miles of strip sprawl cut across a lattice of low-slung
| August 26, 2011
From the bedroom to beyond with Craft Spells
There's been an enormous wave of musicians gaining notoriety for creating work where they sleep, and subsequently seeing their star rise as blogs have picked up on the results.
Temple of gloom
| July 29, 2011
Unknown Mortal Orchestra | Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Fat Possum is having perhaps its best year . . . well, ever. Not only will the Mississippi label turn over a new leaf by releasing the debut album from Odd Future duo MellowHype later this month, their 2011 batting average for jangly little lo-fi gems
Fat Possum (2011)
| July 01, 2011
Blank Dogs | Collected By Itself 2006-2009
Mystique is a powerful tool, as Mike Sniper knows well, since it helped get Blank Dogs, his bedroom-project-turned-band, a healthy amount of press.
Captured Tracks (2011)
| May 20, 2011
Photos: Best Coast at Paradise Rock Club
Best Coast, No Joy, and Wavves perform live at the Paradise Rock Club on February 4, 2011.
Best Coast + No Joy + Wavves | Paradise Rock Club | February 4, 2011
| February 11, 2011
Dom | Sun Bronzed Greek Gods [Remastered] + more
After building a speedy streak of buzz over the past year, Worcester's Dom have bombarded 2011 with a golden platter of new shit.
Astralwerks/Burning Mill (2011)
| February 04, 2011
Cloud Nothings | Cloud Nothings
There's still something borderline poetic about a teenage dude recording a collection of lo-fi punk/pop songs on a laptop in his bedroom.
Carpark Records (2011)
| January 21, 2011
Reading Rainbow | Prism Eyes
An album like this sophomore effort from Philly-based husband/wife team Reading Rainbow is part of a very unlucky battle against the status quo, since its garage-band approach to reverb-heavy fuzz-punk melodies does exactly what an endless gaggle of lo
| December 10, 2010
Review: Crocodiles | Sleep Forever
With remarkable swiftness, Crocodiles tick off all the key characteristics of a band in the thriving lo-fi indie/punk/garage scene.
Fat Possum (2010)
| September 17, 2010
Beach Fossils | Beach Fossils
There are currently no functioning synonyms (ask Thesaurus) for the term “lo-fi,” so I’ll spare us all the agony of trying to find a more nuanced way to pigeonhole this band.
Captured Tracks (2010)
| May 21, 2010
Japandroids | Post-Nothing
I was tempted to write off Japandroids as just one more lo-fi punk band who've overdosed on fuzz.
| July 10, 2009
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