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I Was There: Swayzak

David “Brun” Brown of SWAYZAK @ Canal Room, 12/05 [Photo by Andrew Parks] In case you couldn’t already tell, what with the recent release of a Swayzak retrospective (You’ll Never Dance Alone Again) and a double-shot remix/rarities collection (Route de la Slack) , the London-based duo celebrated 10 years together last year. (Their first 12”, […]

QOTSA Sparks Make Out Sessions, Liam Gallagher Gets Married …

   Josh Homme: Just likes to watch Liam Gallagher and Nicole Appleton have staged a wedding so secret Noel didn’t even know about it. Queens of the Stone Age are asking fans to make out for a special V-day contest. Massive Attack is curating this year’s Meltdown Festival. The White Stripes have signed an exclusive […]

Greg Dulli Gives Us a Gutter Twins Preview

THE GUTTER TWINS: Just take the fucking picture, will you? [Photo by Sam Holden] Saturnalia, the God-fearing debut of The Gutter Twins (a.k.a. Greg Dulli and his fearsome on-again/off-again Twilight Singers collaborator Mark Lanegan), is still a few weeks away from hitting record stores but the dream college rock pairing is previewing the LP tonight […]

I WAS THERE: The Gutter Twins @ Bowery Ballroom, 2.14.08

[L to R: Greg Dulli, Mark Lanegan] Words/Photos by Andrew Parks I once caught this film critic from Philly closing his eyes and singing along to every word at a Neko Case show. Normally, this wouldn’t be a big deal–or even remotely noticeable–but there were only about 50 people in attendance to catch Case and […]

Split Decision: OM vs. High On Fire

HIGH ON FIRE: Dude, where’s our bong? OM Pilgrimage (Southern Lord) VS. High on Fire Death Is This Communion (Relapse) By Robbie Mackey Sleep still casts a mighty shadow more than a decade after the doom-mongers’ immaculate stoner metal opus Dopesmoker–the hour-plus track that landed the group in the back alley behind London Records, sans […]

THE SELF-TITLED INTERVIEW: Destroyer

Words by Michael Tedder Perhaps the only thing more shocking than the quality of Dan Bejar’s melodically nimble songwriting is how many of his songs there are to be shocked by. Not only does his main project, Destroyer, dependably release an album every two years, but he also keeps himself busy with side projects including […]

1MM: Yelle @ Knitting Factory, 2.19.08

Words/Photos by Andrew Parks So Yelle‘s apparently a major pop star back home in Paris, a fact backed by the considerable Frenchie quotient at New York’s Knitting Factory Tuesday night. Billed as the singer’s U.S. debut, the show was exactly what one would expect given the feel-good electro vibe of Yelle’s import-only debut, Pop Up. […]

Cat Power, Radiohead Among Confirmed All Points West Acts

CAT POWER and DEVANDRA BANHART do the twist Tickets for the much-hyped All Points West Music & Arts Festival go on sale next Friday at noon EST through Ticketmaster. Surprisingly, given the relatively small lineup of around 40 acts over three days, single day passes are $89 and three-day tickets are $258. As rumored, the […]