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Words by Aaron Richter The windfall of attention soon to hit Hot Chip is obvious. It has built steadily since the UK group’s debut, 2004’s Coming on Strong, and gained momentum with 2006’s The Warning, ignited by the top-of-its-game single “Over And Over.” This past year, Hot Chip set out to match the full-throttle intensity […]

1MM: Neurosis/Mastodon @ Brooklyn Masonic Temple

NEUROSIS: Still an enemy of the sun While we don’t subscribe to the theory that bands like Isis are simply ripping Neurosis off–well, some bands ‘borrow’ elements from both of them, but that’s besides the point–the Bay area vets certainly showed their followers how it’s done Thursday night at the Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Words honestly […]

1MM: Mahjongg @ Southpaw, Brooklyn

MAHJONGG: Yes, we Can Can Can Photos by Claire Thornton and Aaron Richter There once was a time when Mahjongg was one of the most exhilarating live acts around, spewing polyrhythmic experimentations atop rattling bass lines and catchy lyrical non sequiturs, all abstract as fuck but with a keen ear for pop structures. This was […]

For Pete’s Sake

OVERANALYZE THIS: Babyshambles Babyshambles Shotter’s Nation (Astralwerks) Where, oh, where have all the rock stars gone? Those blithering drug-addled fuckups–tall and charismatic with a Chelsea-boot swagger one minute; pressing a crack pipe into a pet cat’s mouth the next. If our mainstream rock stars are arriving in the form of, say…Pete Wentz, whose biggest blunder […]

DAFT OXFORD PUNKS: A Q&A Session With Vampire Weekend

By Arye Dworken Ask Vampire Weekend vocalist Ezra Koenig what he wants to do with his newfound life as New York’s Next Big Thing and he’ll simply say, “Write catchy songs.” Nothing more, nothing less. So, what’s all the fuss about Koenig’s band among blogs, message boards and, soon, magazine covers? Why is this seemingly […]


Photo/Text by J. Bennett Before we met Dax Riggs, we’re pretty sure we’d never heard anybody mention Obituary and the Fairport Convention in the same sentence–much less as reference points for their own music. For shorthand purposes, we’d been referring to Riggs’ solo debut, We Sing Of Only Blood Or Love (Fat Possum) as the […]

Shaken, Not Stirred With … Sunset Rubdown

SUNSET RUBDOWN: Raise your hands if you’re sure [Photo by Yannick Grandmont] Before blessing us with her wonderful pecan pie recipe, Camilla Wynn Ing, multi-instrumentalist for Montreal’s Sunset Rubdown, offers this simple advice: “Don’t wear black jeans when you make pie dough.” Sure thing, Camilla! She adds, “It’s good with whipped cream or vanilla ice […]

Radiohead Confirms First Leg of North American Tour

RADIOHEAD: Straight outta Oxford Radiohead has finally announced some actual venues for its North American tour behind In Rainbows. They are as follows:   5/5 West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre 5/6 Tampa, FL – Ford Amphitheatre 5/8 Atlanta, GA – Lakewood Amphitheatre 5/9 Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 5/11 Bristow, VA – […]