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The recorded rebirth of Mean Creek

Outside their rehearsal space, Mean Creek are standing with their hands in their pockets, excited to dig into some discussion about their anticipated new record, Youth Companion .

By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 12, 2012
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Bloc Party regain their post-punk edge

When Bloc Party announced in 2009 that they were taking a break, the band's future was a big question mark.
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By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  September 14, 2012
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The tight post-punk structure of Autochrome

Sitting around the kitchen table listening to music with Autochrome bassist/singer Jeff Bartell and guitarist Richard Murillo, I realize that before we even started talking, we certainly agreed on this: when the guitar kicks in on "Senses" from their fo
Polished finish
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  March 30, 2012
Arts Well - Buffalo Tom

25 years later, Buffalo Tom's frontman looks back at the early days

Buffalo Tom was on its way up. But back then, the farthest imaginable point "up" for a band like us was to be able to tour the States and Europe, maybe headlining places like the Channel or even, in our wildest dreams, the Orpheum. This was P.N. (pre-Nir
Career in rock
By BILL JANOVITZ  |  November 18, 2011
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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.
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By REYAN ALI  |  July 29, 2011
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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)
By REYAN ALI  |  May 20, 2011


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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Expanded Collectors Editions | Let Love In | Murder Ballads | The Boatman's Call | No More Shall We Part

The four classic albums that Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released between 1994 and 2001 served as a crucial transition.
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By ZETH LUNDY  |  May 13, 2011
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Cold Cave | Cherish the Light Years

The '80s have been dead for a while, but the decade's goth-rock/post-punk/synth-pop sounds still maintain cultural prestige.
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By REYAN ALI  |  March 25, 2011
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Mogwai | Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will

There's a fine line in the post-punk instrumental world between mind-blowing musical ecstasy and, uh, whatever is playing underneath the guy who says, "Well, there's an app for that."
Sub Pop (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 18, 2011
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Photos: Tokyo Police Club and Two Door Cinema Club at the Paradise

Tokyo Police Club and Two Door Cinema Club play live at the Paradise Rock Club on January 19, 2011.
Tokyo Police Club + Two Door Cinema Club | Paradise Rock Club | January 19, 2011
By KELSEY MARIE BELL  |  February 04, 2011
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Gang of Four roar back with post-punk fury

The history of popular music is littered with musical questioning, from "Why must I be a teenager in love?" to "Who put the bomp in the bomp buh-bomp buh-bomp?" But when pop turned to rock and artists began to attempt to wield their popular might in orde
Still in uniform
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  February 04, 2011


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White Lies | Ritual

If the bombast of Ritual is any indicator, nights out with White Lies must be dramatic, humorless affairs. Life-altering monologues will be recited, voices will be raised, glasses will be smashed, blood will be spilt.
Fiction (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  January 14, 2011
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Scarlett is the new Black

Olneyville's finest post-punk/goth/sludge metal outfit went missing for the better part of 2010, but we're ecstatic to report that Lolita Black has returned with a new lead singer in Ms. Scarlett Delgado.
Lolita Black finally land new singer
By CHRIS CONTI  |  October 29, 2010
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Born Ruffians | Say It

Over the past half of Warp’s robust 20-year run, the label’s enduring legacy as a vanguard force in electronic music has drifted as its tastes have gone positively eclectic. The mixed-media future folk of Bibio, the experimental soul of Jamie Lidell, th
Warp (2010)
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  May 28, 2010
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Crime In Stereo | I Was Trying To Describe You To Someone

Crime in Stereo are fighting to grow out of hardcore.
Bridge Nine (2010)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 12, 2010
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Sincerely yours,

There is a surge in polyglot music, but despite its force, a strain of conservatism (one that has always run through indie rock) is keeping pace.
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart's new homonymous album is filled with well-worn lyrics.
By DEVIN KING  |  February 10, 2009


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Review: Franz Ferdinand's Tonight: Franz Ferdinand

On their third full-length, Franz Ferdinand continue to kick out that post-punk/disco thrust that made past singles "Take Me Out" and "Do You Want To" such loosened-skinny-tie pleasures.
Domino (2009)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  January 27, 2009
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Wilderness | (k)no(w)here

This could prove strenuous, but the album is more contemplative than didactic — a (k)no(w)here that’s difficult to study but easy to inhabit.  
Jagjaguwar (2008)
By DEVIN KING  |  October 28, 2008