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Introducing Infinity Girl, now and forever

Being labeled "shoegaze" is a tricky thing for a fledgling band.
Sound in waves
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  August 31, 2012

The Jesus and Mary Chain’s psych renewal

For anyone interested in gritty, stylish psych-rock with smoky swirls of noise and ambience, 2012 is a pretty good place to be.
Louder now
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  August 31, 2012
Onwards to the Wall - Review

A Place to Bury Strangers | Onwards to the Wall

Onwards to the Wall clocks in at 16 minutes and 35 seconds, and it could shatter into smithereens at any moment.
Dead Oceans (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  January 27, 2012
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The Horrors | Skying

Skying is an epic swash of shoegaze, Britpop, and succulent reverb rock.
XL (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  July 22, 2011
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Gang Gang Dance trip the light fantastic

Some musicians craft songs meant to elicit an emotion, and some fashion sonic mazes for the listener to get lost in. Over the course of a decade-plus career in shape-shifting psych, Brooklyn's Gang Gang Dance have found a way to do both.
Everything time
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 08, 2011
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The December Sound drop a sonic boom

Sonic mastermind Zack Sarzana (who returned from a sojourn to New York City a while back) and bandmates Jimmy Rossi Jr. and John McGuigan have always had a knack for finding the plot in a vast haze of feedback, occasionally shaping that cosmic stuff into
Grand scale
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  July 01, 2011

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Crystal Stilts | In Love With Oblivion

Slumberland (2011)
Slumberland (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  April 08, 2011

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This Manchester five-piece couldn't have picked a worse time to release their stateside debut.
Counter (2011)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  February 11, 2011

Review: Esben And The Witch | Violet Cries

This debut is akin to an amateur theater production. Throughout its unnecessary drama, the Brighton (UK) trio try to reinvent shoegaze but get lost in their own excessive and confusing use of effects pedals.
Matador (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  January 28, 2011

Review: Minks | By The Hedge

In part because it sounds an awful lot like the shoegaze and '80s dreampop bands she selects to fill her soundtracks, the debut full-length from Boston-gone-Brooklyn duo Minks floats along like a Sofia Coppola movie - delicate and listless, topped with
Captured Tracks (2011)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  January 28, 2011

The Sunshine Factory | Sugar

Never underestimate the impact of a My Bloody Valentine record.
Self-released (2010)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  December 11, 2010


Night Fruit add grit to a dream-pop landscape

My fascination with dream pop — a genre characterized by washy guitars and airy, indistinct vocals — lies in its effects when done right: a sense of vague translocation and a fleeting feeling of transcendence.
Nocturnal cravings
By P. NICK CURRAN  |  October 01, 2010

The sneaky flutes are back

I'm on the phone with Damon Tutunjian, one founder of the Boston indie-rock band Swirlies, and he's helping me to understand the Sneaky Flute Empire.
Swirlies revisit a legacy of noisy goodness
By RICHARD BECK  |  February 24, 2009