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Pixies Slice Up Eyeballs at the Beacon Theater

Salvatore Bono | Posted 05.27.2015 | New York
Salvatore Bono

While the band utilized every nook and cranny of acoustics inside the theater, it was sometimes sloppy and sometimes brilliant as they plugged through their vast catalog.

New Artist Reviews: Gumshen

Morena Duwe | Posted 05.21.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

With roots in prog and indie rock, Seattle-based four-piece band Gumshen has been striving to create a truly one of a kind sound. They have achieved their goal by elegantly swan diving into the world of EDM and electronica.

Singer-Songwriter TORRES Blasts Off Into a Cosmic Journey On Her New Album Sprinter, Set to Play Show at UFO Factory in Detroit

Kelly Frazier | Posted 05.20.2015 | Detroit
Kelly Frazier

There's a bit of a personal struggle in the songs of Mackenzie Scott, the Brooklyn-based musician known as TORRES. A voice that's inner being is fighting the ills of denial and isolation while trying to not get caught up in the intoxicating realities of life.

New Artist Reviews: Lovesucker

Morena Duwe | Posted 04.13.2015 | Entertainment
Morena Duwe

When truly authentic music is created, it does not go unnoticed. Hailing from Charlotte, North Carolina, gypsy-soul duo Lovesucker is invigorating the music world with their emotive musicianship and strong female vocals.

Introducing the Brooklyn Moron

David Ostow | Posted 04.21.2015 | New York
David Ostow

In this column, I return to the source of that first traumatic blow to my indie credibility, Brooklyn Vegan, in search of bands I have never heard of and know nothing about. I will make guesses about who they are and what they sound like armed only with the knowledge of their names and my own stockpile of dated and misguided associations.

Ryan Kristobak

Valise's 'Don't Forget Me' Video Is A Beautiful Game Of Adult Telephone

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Kristobak | Posted 11.23.2014 | Entertainment

At some point in our lives, most likely when a child, we've all played a game of telephone: someone comes up with a message, and that message is whisp...

EXCLUSIVE Song Premiere: iamNateAllen Featured Solo Artist

Melissa Webster | Posted 12.30.2014 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

Reminiscent of Violent Femmes and Social Distortion, with a little Johnny Cash thrown in for good measure, Take Out The Trash is an eargasm of blues, folk and punk, with soul-wrenching lyrics that remind us of the days when the meaning behind the music actually mattered.

The New Pornographers Are Back With Brill Bruisers

Paul R. Byrne | Posted 10.21.2014 | Entertainment
Paul R. Byrne

Brill Bruisers sounds broad and warm, wrapping from ear to ear and giving shine to 13 songs that experiment with new sounds and instruments -- some of which are jarringly unfamiliar even after several listens.

Craft Beer Chronicles: Silent Partner -- Why You Should Taste This Alt-Beer and Listen to This Indie Album

Tom Conrad | Posted 07.02.2014 | Home
Tom Conrad

A New Record Debuts as a Bottle of Beer It's an alt-beer. It's an indie rock album. It's a daring pairing. When they decided to deliver a new album...

Craft Beer Chronicles: Silent Partner -- Why You Should Taste This Alt-Beer and Listen to This Indie Album

Tom Conrad | Posted 09.07.2014 | Home
Tom Conrad

When they decided to deliver a new album on a bottle of beer, Telegraph Brewing Company and the indie group, Buellton, gave new meaning to one-stop shopping. The world of beer and music is the better for it.

Ménage to Rock it Out at Portugal Day Events in Toronto, Montreal and New York's Central Park

Ashley Jude Collie | Posted 08.04.2014 | Arts
Ashley Jude Collie

All over the world, Portuguese people will be joyfully celebrating the days around June 10, the tiny Iberian country's national holiday which is called Portugal Day.

Turn Blue: A Conversation with The Black Keys' Patrick Carney

Mike Ragogna | Posted 07.16.2014 | Entertainment
Mike Ragogna

The Black Keys' Turn Blue was compared to The Clash's London Calling. Read this to see how they react to that.

Exclusive Song Premiere: "Still Have You" by Fever Charm

Melissa Webster | Posted 07.09.2014 | Entertainment
Melissa Webster

Recorded primarily at Jingletown Recording Studio in Oakland, Cali., "Still Have You" is the second song release from their upcoming album Sound of Summer, scheduled to be released in mid-to-late-May.

Musician Mark Stoney: On a Trail Of Second Chances

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 03.23.2014 | Entertainment
Marcel Hidalgo

Stoney was about eighteen years old when he bravely took his first self-made record to a local music shop. This is where he first caught the bug. And, like most creative bugs, the bug did not go away.

The Bestest: Tunage 2013

Marc Ruxin | Posted 03.15.2014 | Entertainment
Marc Ruxin

I'll focus on the handful of albums (yes I still tend to listen to albums -- albeit in a digital form) that stood out and made 2013 another great year.

10 Music Artists To Watch in 2014

Salvatore Bono | Posted 03.08.2014 | New York
Salvatore Bono

Here is a list of 10 artists to keep an eye out for in the months to come. Some already made a few ripples in the music world last year, but I am predicting that 2014 may be their true time to shine.

New Indie Music Gems From LA's Underground

Xaque Gruber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Los Angeles
Xaque Gruber

Happily, L.A.'s locally grown music scene is as vibrant and diverse as ever with a slew of recent independent E.P.s and L.P.s so fresh and creative, they deserve your love and attention -- and airplay (KCRW and KCSN are you listening?).

Arcade Fire Concert Journal: The Reflektors' Brooklyn Ball

Joel Wolfram | Posted 10.22.2013 | Arts
Joel Wolfram

"It wouldn't be the first time we thought something was funny that no one else thought was funny," Arcade Fire frontman Win Butler consoled the audience that came to see the band play Friday night in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

'On The Road' Inspired An Indie Album

AP | DAVID BAUDER | Posted 11.19.2013 | Arts

NEW YORK — Several indie rockers have collaborated on a disc that pays tribute to a Jack Kerouac novel – and it's not "On the Road." The ...

Music in the City: A Tale of Two Summer Festivals

Marc Ruxin | Posted 10.14.2013 | Entertainment
Marc Ruxin

For the past few years, I have been reliving a youth spent in a world without the equivalent of the modern music mega-festival.

Speaking With Ireland's Bell X1

Salvatore Bono | Posted 10.06.2013 | Entertainment
Salvatore Bono

"We spent a while working on a lot of songs and ideas before recording for real, whittling them down to the better ones, and being pretty brutal about what was good enough and not."

Joshua Worden: The Spontaneous, Simple Circle Is the Porthole to the Self

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 09.10.2013 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

In the last few years, Joshua Worden has been fascinated with Japanese ensō paintings. Literally meaning circle, ensō is a concept in Zen Buddhism that symbolizes absolute enlightenment.

Bands and Filmmakers Unite at the Music Video Race

Kayley Kravitz | Posted 07.20.2013 | San Francisco
Kayley Kravitz

The MVR is a unique approach to music video production. 20 bands are paired with 20 filmmakers at random. They have just one weekend to write, film and edit a music video.

The Legendary Johnny Marr Looks Back and Ahead in Brooklyn

Salvatore Bono | Posted 07.08.2013 | New York
Salvatore Bono

In the final night of latest U.S. tour and the final night of two sold-out area shows, Johnny Marr and his band made their live debut in Brooklyn on Friday.

Coachella and the Seven Rules for Attending a Summer Festival

Marc Ruxin | Posted 06.19.2013 | Entertainment
Marc Ruxin

These instructions are directed at hardcore fans looking to optimize time in front of bands, not time spent in the VIP area or bar. Also for those of you heading to Coachella this weekend, this should serve a semi-schedule to follow to the extent you are looking to help map a trail.