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OTR: Tame Impala :: Lonerism

Tame Impala | Lonerism

Australia's Tame Impala make music as the Lester Bangs character describes it in Almost Famous : if and when their psychedelic rock and roll "chooses you," it begs for intimate consumption.
Modular Records (2012)
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 05, 2012
Micachu & The Shapes -- Never

Micachu & The Shapes | Never

Like her stylistic sista Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs, Micachu's Mica Levi makes pixelated, abstract anti-pop that sounds like marionettes jamming in an aluminum factory.
Rough Trade (2012)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  July 20, 2012
'Sun & Shade' from Woods

Woods | Sun & Shade

As with previous Woods records the instantly entrancing element is Earl's Neil Young–inspired falsetto, wrapped in swirls of gauzy tape hiss.
Woodsist (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  June 10, 2011

The Smith Westerns | Dye It Blonde

If the Smith Westerns' homonymous 2009 debut perfectly captured the awkward, waning days before high-school graduation, then their sophomore effort is the Chicago indie quartet's college existential-crisis record, more sprawling and a tad wiser while st
Fat Possum (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  January 14, 2011

Deerhunter | Halcyon Digest

The only reason Halcyon Digest doesn't get a perfect four stars is that absolute classic isn't Deerhunter's style.
4AD (2010)
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 01, 2010

Tropicália storm

When Sérgio Dias takes to the Somerville Theatre stage this Sunday with the current incarnation of Os Mutantes, it's a safe bet he'll be beaming with gratitude. "I'm riding the same wave," he says of his band's legendary Brazilian albums, "but this time
The long awaited return of Os Mutantes
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 02, 2009


Gang Gang Dance | Saint Dymphna

Saint Dymphna is the sound of a band of psychedelic dabblers finally getting their shit together.  
Warp (2008)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 28, 2008

Wrestle in peace

In a life of many garlands and much renown, it was Mailer’s strange engagement with literary destiny always to be trapped on the wrong side of his art.
Remembering Mailer, the blustery king of American letters
By JAMES PARKER  |  November 14, 2007