Monday, September 15, 2014

Deafheaven played Music Hall of Williamsburg

Last year, Deafheaven released my favorite guitar driven album of the year. Still riding high on the critically acclaimed Sunbather, the San Francisco metal group stopped by Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg to unleash their brutally intense show to a crowd of highly adorning fans.

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Death from Above 1979 played Rough Trade

It's been nine years and eleven months since Canada's Death from Above 1979 released their first (and until now only) record, the heavy I'm a Woman, You're a Machine, but the long wait is finally over. The super-charged duo rolled into Brooklyn's Rough Trade locked and loaded as they delivered their monstrous riffs and blasted drums beats into one of the band's more intimate shows in quite some time.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Mineral played Bowery Ballroom

Bands come and bands go, but these days it seems that bands do come back again. Add another chapter the reunion book because Austin's Mineral are back in full force. For the first time in 17 years, the quartet are bringing their razor sharp hooks back to a devoted crowd.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Iceage - "Forever"

Back in July, Iceage released their cow-punk of a new single, "The Lord's Favorite". Today, the band has announced that single will be on their new album Plowing Into the Field of Love

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lewis - Love Ain't No Mystery

Earlier this year, a mysterious artist named Lewis caused quite the stir amongst online music nerds when Light in the Attic re-issued his debut album, L'Amour. Nothing about the man was known. His existence was pure enigma. Who was this man? Was he alive? Who was that super model girlfriend? Was he still making music? A few months later, second record seemed to emerge from the ether. This one,  Romantic Times, followed the same shimmering synth folk-pop of it's predecessor and only heightened the quest for the elusive Lewis. Where could he have disappeared to in that stunning white suite, sports car and airplane? Luckily, we live in the age of the internet and mysteries of this scale don't last too long. Lewis was found alive and well in Canada (real name Randall Wulff), without much care in the world for his new found audiophile fame.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Arcade Fire played Barclays Center

Watching a band rise to fame is a pretty extraordinary thing to witness. In the case of Arcade Fire, they have risen from the orchestral-indie band pulling from lo-fi aesthetics to their ability to be grand through delicate and moving melodies.

Friday, August 22, 2014

The Clean played Rough Trade

These days, the state of band reunions seems to be more of a "when" not "if" question. New Zealand's The Clean, however, have been hitting the reunion circuit since the late 1980s. In fact, their debut album, the brilliant Vehicle, came out in 1990, over a decade after they first formed and had already taken some time apart to focus on other projects. However, unlike many other bands riding high on the nostalgia reunion train, it's hard to lump the Clean into the same category.