Until now, indie-pop band Pants Yell! seemed as if they were doing everything in their power to stay under the radar. First, they named their group Pants Yell! - seriously, what the hell? - and then in 2003 they released their first album on cassette through an obscure German imprint. This was followed closely by their home-country debut on Asaurus - a small-run, handmade CD-R label. Read more »
Grab your undergroundish dancing shoes and head to Icon Ultra Lounge this Wednesday for, really, something that's worth heading to Icon Ultra Lounge: fab weekly Love It! Wednesdays, this week the featuring currently-touring minimal-techno-electro-what-have-you geniuses behind one of Berlin's great labels, Sub Static. Read more »
Let's get lost, shall we? Lately, whenever I'm in the mood to disorient myself in some head-scratching sonic geography, I reach for my copy of Untrue (Hyperdub/Cargo), the November-released sophomore-stunner from the let-the-music-speak-for-itself dubstep savant Burial. Read more »
Turn that umbrella upside down and smile to the warm Latin funk (with an edge of oh-so-nasty) of Austin's Brownout!, who'll be drizzling driving grooves, conga section included, through that undersung cumbia-and-get-'em hot spot, El Rincon this Saturday. Read more »
You get Army Elvis! Sideburns 1960s-Hollywood Elvis (drool)! 1970s jumpsuit Elvis! Sweet! Plus you get a CD with three era-appropriate songs: "Hound Dog," "Follow that Dream," and "The Wonder of You." AND, duh, three thingies of baby aspirin-tasting Pez candy.
Still, I'm a little disappointed...no Hillbilly Cat Elvis? No Gold Suit Elvis? Read more »
Gotta love those Liars, the most interesting band to come out of the turn-of-the-century NY rock scene that begat the Strokes and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. Not only do they continue to turn out stellar LPs like 2006's Drum's Not Dead (Mute), they are freakin' amazingly powerful live. Read more »
What to do when the gloom descends and the sky thunders? Double your pleasuuuur with art-music selections that didn't make it into print last week and the worthy live shows that slipped betwixt the cracks this time around.
The Blow's Khaela Maricich is a charmer - and lord, the girl knows how to multitask, moving into her new Portland, Ore., studio while fielding questions all the while. For the first part of the talk, go here. And she performs tonight and tomorrow, Jan. 22 and 23, at Great American Music Hall, so look out! Read more »