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Mogwai | A Wrenched Virile Lore

All in all, Virile Lore feels more "deleted scene" than "director's cut."
Sub Pop (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  December 07, 2012

The Soft Moon | Zeros

Feeling disassociated, darkened, distressed, or just plain different this fall? Don't fret or suffer like the only hope out there for getting lost musically is by listening to early Depeche Mode or jumping on the Kraftwerk revival bandwagon.
Captured Tracks (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 26, 2012

Beach House's artful myth

Victoria Legrand opened her notebook and saw the word "Myths." "There were no other words on the page," says the Beach House singer and keyboardist. VJust JMythsM. . . . I hadn't even remembered writing it. It was magical. A total sign."

By LIZ PELLY  |  October 12, 2012

What's F'n Next? Divine Fits

When asked to name the best note for a one-note song, of course Britt Daniel is already sitting at a piano.
Los Angeles, California
By DAN WEISS  |  October 12, 2012
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Flying Lotus | Until The Quiet Comes

On Until the Quiet Comes , his reliably solid fourth studio album, Flying Lotus's Steven Ellison continues to bang out mind-bending electro-donut jams for folks who don't quite "get" electronic music.
Warp Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  October 05, 2012
Passion Pit: Gossamer

Passion Pit | Gossamer

It's now been more than three years since Cambridge-bred Passion Pit birthed debut Manners to critical acclaim, a wait largely the result of a two-year world-touring schedule.
Columbia (2012)
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  July 20, 2012

Album: Purity Ring - Shrines

Purity Ring | Shrines

Ever imagined what it would be like to hear an angel-voiced woman recite a book of fairy tales in the back of a nightclub at 2 am as drowsy synth lines float through the speakers?
4AD (2012)
By REYAN ALI  |  July 20, 2012

Metric | Synthetica

Of all the Canadian acts that stumbled onto the scene in the early aughts, Metric have been the most consistent in putting out quality material.
MMI/Mom+Pop (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  June 08, 2012

Delta Spirit | Delta Spirit

The characters in Delta Spirit's songs— wistful daydreamers, hopeless romantics, and clear-eyed pragmatists alike— are as rich and complex as the music.
Rounder (2012)
By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  March 16, 2012
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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)
By LIZ PELLY  |  March 09, 2012
off record - The Big Pink

The Big Pink | Future This

The Big Pink's name is forgettable and their sound is too generic to describe. Sneering electronic dance-rock heavy on synths and slowed-down '90s rave beats? They might as well be the Klaxons.
4AD (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  January 13, 2012


Photos: The Wombats at the MFA

The Wombats perform live at a WFNX MFA session on October 20, 2011.
Hosted by WFNX | October 20, 2011
By JANICE CHECCHIO  |  October 21, 2011

Photos: KMFDM + Army of the Universe + Human Factors Lab at Club Royale

KMFDM, Army of the Universe, and Human Factors Lab perform live at Club Royale on August 17, 2011.
Club Royale | August 17, 2011
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  August 26, 2011
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Identity Festival rocks out the dance party

Genre predictions are dumb, but there is one thing absolutely certain in music: rock music is dead, and the era of electronic dominance is finally here.
Beats happening
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  August 19, 2011

Kool Keith had a purple keyboard and green synth

Keith's ubiquitous props are often trumpeted on rap sites and comment boards, where he's cited as the chief influence behind everyone from Tech N9ne to Tyler, the Creator.
Odd past
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 05, 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


Photos: Gang Gang Dance at Brighton Music Hall

Gang Gang Dance performs live at the Brighton Music Hall on July 8, 2011.
Brighton Music Hall | June 8, 2011
By NATANYA KHASHAN  |  July 15, 2011
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Washed Out | Within and Without

Two summers ago, a number of glo-fi buzz bands surfed trendy chillwaves around the blogosphere, reaching mild popularity amongst fans of subtle, retro dance beats and laid-back vibes.
Sub Pop (2011)
By LIZ PELLY  |  July 15, 2011

The good Doctor is in (and out, and in ...)

Let's just allow that Doctor Astronaut is a digital maestro, an enjoyable and entertaining wordsmith, a progressive barrier crasher.
Space invader
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  June 10, 2011

Gucci Mane | The Return of Mr. Zone 6

After a sub-par, commercially warped album, an arrest followed by a brief stint in a mental hospital, and a supremely unfortunate face tattoo, it seemed Gucci Mane had turned a very sad corner.
Brick Squad (2011)
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  March 25, 2011

The Rural Alberta Advantage | Departing

On their debut, Hometowns, Toronto's Rural Alberta Advantage sounded like a band in search of an identity. It was a bit of a mess, but there were moments when they seemed to be onto something. So surely the improved focus on Departing must be to their b
Saddle Creek (2011)
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 25, 2011


Ritualz | Ghost Ass Witch

A genre of music based in darkness is always the most sensitive to light, especially the kind of illumination that comes from the scorching laser beam of pop-culture attention.
Self-released (2011)
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  March 25, 2011

Taboo + Ancestral Diet at the Apohadion, March 8

When I entered the Apohadion, the room was nearly dark and the stage was empty.
Music seen
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  March 18, 2011

Robyn at the State Theatre, January 29

With each of her three 2010 Body Talk EPs armed with a single-of-the-year contender (in the just-slightly-ironic, pop-chart-averse blog-critic sense), it's been hard to ignore Swedish pop star Robyn's status as in indie icon these past 12 months.
Music seen
By CHRISTOPHER GRAY  |  February 18, 2011

James Blake | James Blake

James Blake is a tough nut to crack. After a string of three 2010 EPs that primarily used chopped R&B samples and slo-mo piano dub to turn some serious heads, he opted to stretch his vocal cords and lead this release with a delicate cover of Feist's
PID (2011)
By MICHAEL C. WALSH  |  February 04, 2011

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