Ted Chase

  • Illinois : What the Hell Do I Know? EP

     Pennsylvania’s Illinois (yes, you read that right) deliver on a lot of different stylings with just seven songs on their What the Hell Do I Know? EP....
  • The Arcade Fire : Neon Bible

     In late 2004/early 2005, The Arcade Fire’s Funeral made the biggest splash in the indie arena since The Strokes’ debut album.  Reaching the top ranks, if not the top rank, in every review and year-end list, the Montreal-based musical collective formed around married...
  • Patrick Watson : Live

     Patrick Watson means different things to different people.  He’s a singer- songwriter from Hudson, Quebec, but also a four-man band from the West Island of Montreal.  His/their album, Close to Paradise, entered the Canadian Billboard at #5 last year, but is yet to...
  • The Slip : Live

     The Slip were born a jazz-infused jam band in the mid-to-late nineties, out of New England’s private Tabor Academy and Boston’s famed Berklee School of Music.  In 2003, the trio took their sound to not one, but two new levels with twin live...
  • The Best Music of the O.C.

    Last Thursday, FOX’s The O.C. aired its final episode.  You may not have known the once-hot teen drama was still on the air, having stopped watching long ago (like most viewers), or having never watched at all.  And you might blame The O.C....

  • Sonic Youth : Live

     There are three things every indie fan can rely on: death, taxes, and Sonic Youth.  Second only to David Bowie in relevance and longevity (and without any of The Thin White Duke’s self-reinventions), the seminal quartet has been releasing solid album after solid...
  • Arcade Fire : Live

     There’s anticipation, and then there’s anticipation for The Arcade Fire.  Bursting onto the scene with 2004’s Funeral, the Montreal-based band were the pinnacle of the "Canadian Invasion".  A sprawling, inter-related, inter-disciplinary gang of musicians, The Arcade Fire blew everyone away with their expansive-yet-intimate,...
  • Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks : Live

     Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks were in a good mood when they hit Hoboken’s Maxwell’s on February 11th.  The band wasn’t slowed down by handicaps, like too-powerful lighting on bassist Joanna Bolme, or the lack of a monitor for guitarist/keyboardist Mike Clark (as he said,...
  • Harlem Shakes : Live

     The bouncing and bopping Harlem Shakes played the oh-so-hip Canal Room on February 1st, in honor of the release of their new EP, Burning Birthdays (QRO review).  The audience for the Brooklyn band was the epitome of early twenties Williamsburg hipsters, even if they...