LUCERO @ BLUEBIRD THEATER | THURS, 4/18/13
Outside of perhaps the Hold Steady -- which shares a proclivity for Bruce Springsteen -- nobody plays straight-up rock these days as convincingly as Lucero. Led by Ben Nichols's gravelly croak, Lucero borrows liberally from the Boss and Lynyrd Skynyrd on so ... More >>
Johnny Marr is an iconic and influential guitarist best known for his work in The Smiths, which broke up in 1987. His guitar phrases and his genius for crafting textured and tonally rich rhythmic leads has influenced countless rock guitarists of the last quarter century. After leaving The Smiths, Ma ... More >>
Few bands in history have cast a longer shadow than The Smiths. They've inspired countless imitators and spiritual successors since they called it quits in 1987. While skinny indie kids moaning about the hardships of life are a dime a dozen, tracking down the successful artists influenced by Morriss ... More >>
I have bad tattoos. Okay, they aren't all bad -- only about 33 percent of them are, if I break it down by specific tattoo artist. Also, since I didn't get my first tattoos (almost all came in pairs) until I was 24, they are strategically placed, meaning that, for the most part, they can't be seen if ... More >>
DESTROYER @ BLUEBIRD THEATER| 6.09.12
See Also: Q&A with Dan Bejar of Destroyer.
Dan Bejar ambled on to the stage, scanned it left to right, shoved some stray strands of his fro back into place, clenched his eyes shut and wore a look of abstract passion, an expression he kept for the entirety of t ... More >>
Katie ByronJimmy Tamborello of DntelJimmy Tamborello. While the name might not register immediately, you've probably heard his work with the Postal Service, an outfit that also features Death Cab for Cutie's Ben Gibbard. On his own throughout the '90s, Tamborello, who plays under the name Dntel (due ... More >>
With close to six months of postponed release dates under its belt, two official videos already out in advance of its supposed release on June 15, and almost every one of its tracks leaked all over the internet, Drake's much anticipated first full-length, Thank Me Later, has generated a ton ... More >>
Monotonix set off the SoCo stage.
Elsewhere: See reviews and photos from Day One.
We're back on the Rocks for what, so far anyway, is looking to be a much more pleasant day than Saturday. In case you missed yesterday's festivities, it was viciously cold and wet, and not at all conducive to ... More >>
In support of Yes, their tenth full-length album(!), synth-pop kings Pet Shop Boys have just announced an eighteen-date North American tour, to begin at the end of August. The show promises to be filled with plenty of costumes, capers and theatricality. Unfortunately, the tour schedule is focus ... More >>
Bob Dylan's Together Through Life, released last week on Columbia, grabbed the top spot at Twist and Shout for the week ending May 3. Depeche Mode, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Neko Case rounded out the top five. See the full breakdown after the jump.
Depeche Mode's brand new disc, Sounds of the Universe, grabbed the top spot at Twist & Shout for the week ending April 26. Iron & Wine's Norfolk 6/20/05, which was a Record Store Day release, nabbed the second spot while new albums by Manchester Orchestra, Camera Obscura and Booker T were al ... More >>
As music critics, the most common question we get asked (and ask each other, for that matter) is, "What are you listening to?" The pervasiveness of this query is precisely what inspired Heavy Rotation, our latest feature. For the benefit of those who happen to be curious, we've compiled a list of a ... More >>