I tend to think that the term “post rock" is pretentious, the same way whenever someone drops "post-whatever" outside the context of a term paper how it's almost always lazy and represents an unwillingness to look closer at shifting trend.
Paul Weller managed to make small-town dissatisfaction sound exhilarating on this late single from the JamWhere can you find a Town Called Malice on the map? It's actually located in Surrey, on the main railway line to the west country.
Photo by Chris Buck Pussy Galore, the late 1980s DC-to-New York garage punk group, will digitally reissue three records today: 1987's Right Now, 1988's Sugarshit Sharp EP, and 1989's Dial M for Motherfucker.
The Swedish duo of First Aid Kit, comprised of sisters Johanna and Klara Söderberg, cite sibling acts like the Louvin Brothers, the Everly Brothers, the Roches, and, more recently, the Secret Sisters as influences, but those are only vaguely apparent on The Lion's Roar...
As auspicious beginnings go, the Velvet Underground's was distinctly in-. The band's first album, in 1967, was rife with songs about edgy sex and drugs; titles like "Heroin" and "Venus in Furs" said it all. "The Velvet Underground & Nico"—the German model and actress performed with them—set the stage for the glam and punk movements that followed. It played a significant role in the Czechoslovakian dissident movement (more on that later), and it continues to influence bands today. But when the album was released, not much happened. As musician and producer Brian Eno later observed: "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band."
Arcade Fire's charity and activist work for Haiti has already included a massive fundraising campaign, matched holiday donations, a lecture at University of Texas, and published newspaper articles, among other efforts. The band has now posted a video montage of footage from two trips to Haiti, in March 2011 and February 2012. The video, shot by members of the band along with Bec Rollins from the organization Partners in Health, includes footage from their visits to various PIH sites across the country. It pictures beaches, animals, musical performances, parades, and lots of adorable children. The video also includes some singing from Ti Zwazo, a gardener at Partners in Health who opened for Arcade Fire at their performance last year in Cange, Haiti.
Has the V&A's new show captured British design from 1948 to now? In 1948, still reeling from the war, Britain steeled itself and cobbled together the first Olympic games of the postwar era. The London Olympics were known as the "austerity games", and yet proved a triumph of resourcefulness. It's with this moment that the Victoria & Albert museum begins its new survey exhibition, British Design 1948–2012 – an irresistible conceit, as London counts down to its second Olympics.
The release finds the New Jersey trio, which also features Jarrett Dougherty on drums and King Mike on bass, exploring not only space-filling arrangements that are impressive for the lean band, but also hard-hitting and catchy tracks.
The blues singer's music was made while he was homeless – but do the tunes match the intriguing backstory?Willis Earl Beal is a singer with one hell of a backstory – his debut album consists of lo-fi demos recorded while Beal was homeless.
Today, Detroit indie-poppers Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. released their latest video, a cover of Gil Scott-Heron's classic "We Almost Lost Detroit." The song was released on their 2011 album It's A Corporate World.
Less than a month after the release of his latest solo releases, Camper Van Beethoven’s fiddler, Jonathan Segel is keeping busy—from individual projects to Camper reunions, new recordings and constant touring.
The specialty store Pop Market recently offered a special package of seven of rock 'n' roll icon Lou Reed's albums at a low price. I'm slowly working my way through them and have reports on the first two.
I’m finally listening to “Port of Marrow,” the Shins album that came out last week, and though it’s too early to form an impression worth putting down in words, the mere act of listening to a new Shins release triggered a memory of early 2004, when...
With Dexys Midnight Runners soon to release their first studio album for 27 years, we've scoured Rock's Backpages – the world's leading archive of vintage music journalism – to bring you this encounter with the band on the eve of the release of their second single. Phil Sutlcliffe's feature was first published in Sounds on 19 January 1980
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