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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

Shelf life: Twin Shadow

On Sunday, George Lewis Jr., a/k/a TWIN SHADOW, brings his new-wave and R&B-inflected indie-pop to the Paradise, where he'll play songs from his latest record, Confess.
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 28, 2012

What's F'N Next: Niki and the Dove

Of all the near-perfect things to emerge out of Sweden over the past few decades, from IKEA’s meatballs to Peter Forsberg’s playoff beard, perhaps the country’s most impressive import has been electro-pop.
Stockholm, Sweden
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  September 28, 2012

The enduring evolution of Lovers

Lovers, the chamber-folk-turned-synth-pop project helmed by Boston-born Carolyn Berk, has seen plenty of critical acclaim since its first release, 2002's Starlit Sunken Ship (Orange Twin).
  Full-fledged fling
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  November 11, 2011

Twin Sister | In Heaven

It's one of 2011's finest pop records: 10 tracks of dreamy, weirdo hi-fi pop that grooves, sparkles, and hums with clipped beats and smooth drums.
Domino (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 23, 2011

Mates of State | Mountaintops

As the sequenced synths and handsome beats unfold, matched in merriment by the husband-and-wife vocals of Jason Hammel and Kori Gardner, your mind is miles away from the raging fires of the underworld.
Barsuk (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  September 16, 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.
Temple of gloom
By REYAN ALI  |  July 29, 2011
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Reptar | Oblangle Fizz, Y'all

"Blastoff" (bonus points for perfect song titles) is simply an un-fucking-believable opener — an exercise in demented excess that only gets better the more you peel it apart.
Vagrant Records (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  July 22, 2011
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The Naked and Famous | Passive Me, Aggressive You

Republic (2011)
Republic (2011)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  April 29, 2011
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Cold Cave unearth a new wave of noise pop

Wes Eisold didn't realize he was undergoing the experience that would inspire Cold Cave's Cherish the Light Years until the experience was over.  
By REYAN ALI  |  April 22, 2011

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.
Matador (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  March 25, 2011

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark create a newer wave

A wise man once said that there's no future in nostalgia, and conspicuously missing from these pre-packaged retro tours have been Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark create a newer wave
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 04, 2011

Hello, Numan

Gary Numan has never been one for nostalgia.
A synth-pop legend reluctantly accepts his past
By MATT PARISH  |  October 22, 2010

The Cinnamon Fuzz | Cruise of the Century

Self-released (2010)
Self-released (2010)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 08, 2010

Phantogram: Imagination fascination

Most PR-ready band photographs do little to enhance their subjects’ character — they’re perfunctory (“These people look like this”) without captivating your eye or your imagination.
Delivering synthetic reality
By REYAN ALI  |  September 17, 2010

Crystal Castles | Crystal Castles (2010)

The battlefield of ’00s electro-tantrum spazz-ravers is littered with the corpses of those who burned too brightly at the outset and, in the process, burned out any interest in a sustained career of noisemaking.
Fiction (2010)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 21, 2010


Buzz band?

"The rise to the top is the best part," says Natalie Portman's Shaved Head multi-instrumentalist/vocalist David Price. "That's what Tupac said in the Biggie movie."
The glistening pleasures of Natalie Portman's Shaved Head
By MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  April 17, 2009