Archives for February 2009

Of Montreal Tour Dates

2/26 -- Wellington, NZ - San Francisco Bath House 2/28 -- Perth, AU - Perth International Arts Festiva 3/3 -- Sydney, AU - Manning Bar 3/4 -- Brisbane, AU - The Zoo 3/5 -- Melbourne, AU - The Hi Fi 3/7 -- Golden Plains, AU - Golden Plains Festival 3/10 - Osaka, JP - Club Quattro 3/12 -- Tokyo, JP - Duo Music Exchange 3/15 -- … [Read more...]

Asobi Seksu on Tour

Mar 02 Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa Mar 03 Toronto, ON @ El Mocambo Mar 04 Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at Crofoot Ballroom Mar 05 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle Mar 06 Bloomington, IL @ Illinois Wesleyan U.-Young Mar 07 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry Mar 10 Seattle, WA @ Chop Suey Mar 11 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge Mar 13 San Francisco, … [Read more...]

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy: Beware

Usually, a promo CD arrives here as the full album, with promo cover and a press release. Beware seems to represent a new phenomenon though. Each of the thirteen tracks contains not one but two spoken interjections, reminding your humble reviewer that 'this is a promotional copy of Beware. These soundbites cut across the music on the album just … [Read more...]

The Quincy Blaque Trio – Uneasy Listening Music

Where did Quincy Blaque and his trio come from? This man with the secret agent-sounding name has formed one of the most impressive new bands of the past five years under everybody's radar. Uneasy Listening Music is exactly what any artist would want out of a debut record. Well, huge sales and tons of money would be nice, but artistically, the … [Read more...]

The Hermit Crabs – Correspondence Course EP

Glassgow, Scotland’s The Hermit Crabs are an indie-pop band, pure and simple. But as pure as their music is, the brilliance of it is that it’s not so simple. This is not a lo-fi affair, as so many bands have done before with pretty vocals, a poppy beat, and some simple guitar. There’s plenty of lush instrumentation here, a nice mix of acoustic and … [Read more...]

Three Second Kiss – Long Distance

Three Second Kiss methodically scramble post-rock, post-punk, math, and noise rock on their new LP, Long Distance. Their challenging chops and rhythms don't go down smoothly. Rather, they test conventions and ultimately make for an interesting listen, though not a fully enjoyable one. This veteran band from Bologna, Italy, sound tight even when … [Read more...]

Quatre Téte – Art Of The State

Progressive Punk is an interesting combination of music. It juxtaposes the most complicated genre of the last forty years with the simplest. Musically, it has tricky rhythms, fast guitar playing, complex arrangements and a lot of energy. Vocally, it is extremely basic and routine, seeming to exist just to fulfill the expectation of having a singer. … [Read more...]

King of Conspiracy – “Youth Against the Empire” CD Single

King of Conspiracy is a three-piece band from Paris, France who make time in London, England. By that I mean the trio seems to spend a lot of time in the UK. I don't know much about the current punk scenes on either side of the Channel, but this is one young group that should be gathering fans with lightening speed. Energy abounds even though … [Read more...]

Interview with The Lolligags

Hi Leslie and Ryan!  I've spun your latest EP, Out of Perversity Join Hands, and I love the whole kit 'n' caboodle of your ultra-catchy and darkly glossy electro-dance pop sound (I can't get "Merry Go Round" out of my head and it's been weeks!).  Leslie, your lively vocals resemble a playful and teasing Siouxsie Sioux with crisply layered, … [Read more...]

Asobi Seksu – Hush

To the culturally ignorant, Asobi Seksu may sound like the name of a Japanese singer-songwriter or perhaps a Japanese punk band. And though the moniker is colloquial Japanese for "casual sex", they are in fact a NYC quartet that specializes in fresh-sounding dream-pop with ethereal vocals, airy guitars and hushed indie-rock beats. The band’s … [Read more...]