• What To Look For : Early 2007

    After all of the year-end wrap-ups and lists galore, we can't lose sight of what's ahead in 2007.  Rumors and confirmations alike already make the '07 a highly anticipated year for music, and several gems have already popped up.  Here's a run-down of...

  • Top 15 Albums of 2006


      

    It's been a complex year, with relatively few massive acts to rely on, paving the way for extraordinary inventiveness, bringing us sounds we never thought we'd hear.  It wasn't easy, but we all learned something new in 2006.
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  • Download Festival 2006 : Feature

      With one of the more solid lineups of any festival this year,  Download Festival (San Francisco Edition) was a day full of indie rock's coolest bands,  e.g. TV on the Radio, Muse, and Beck.   The main stage even had the looney...
  • Unicorns: Feature

    "The Guitars Is Code”


    Tom: A few months back, Allan asked me to accompany him to a free outdoor show at Vassar to give him a hand with an interview he had secured with Alien8 pop sensations the Unicorns.  Seeing that the Unicorns were preceded...
  • controller.controller: Feature

    by Allan Mendoza

    Toronto’s controller.controller’s reliance on a steady disco kick drum pulsing on top layers of gritty post-punk guitars makes it easy to assume they’re another New York band. However, lyrical clues from front woman Nirmala Basnayake on “Disco Blackout” make it clear that the band is...

  • Beulah: Feature

    Beulah: The Final Show

    The story goes like this:  In 1994, Miles Kurosky meets fellow mailroom worker Bill Swann in a downtown San Francisco securities firm.  They initially harbor intense dislike for each other, but the need to leave the world of nine-to-five drudgery and create a body of...
  • (+/-) Plus/Minus: Feature

    As the lead song on You Are Here, the second album from +/- (Plus Minus), “Ventriloquist” is practically a case study in gracefully executed furor.  A savvy, fiery blend of house beats, burbling electronics, and driving electric guitar, its strength lies in its impeccable production.  So effortlessly do the...
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