Kings Of Leon @ Madison Square Garden

NEW YORK, NY—For the past two years, the Kings of Leon have been in the midst of what should be described as an evolutional stage. The first five years of their career were marked by the release of several remarkable albums that showcased their unique style—an irresistible tightrope walk between …

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Interview with Kyle Shutt of The Sword: Warp Speed Ahead

As of Monday, Oct. 11, The Sword announced that they have cancelled their tour due to the departure of drummer Trivett Wingo, pictured above. Can you guess which one he is?

Since The Sword’s latest release, Warp Riders, the bangers from Austin, TX have been there and back again, …

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Mark Olson: Many Colored Kite

You can tell that Mark Olson is on a roll from the opening notes of the first track on his latest release, Many Colored Kite. With this release, Mark Olson has seemingly made peace with some of his demons—all painstakingly expressed on his last release, The Salvation Blues, …

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Interview with Interpol: The Rigors of Self-Examination

This year, New York City’s Interpol found themselves in the midst of a stride, producing what would become their, self-titled, fourth album. Such a stride it was, that it rewarded the band with their most ambitious album yet—one that would serve as a symbol of Interpol’s staggering ingenuity, and at …

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A Very Special Speaking Engagement with The Velvet Underground, Moderated by David Fricke @ The Steven Schwartzmann Building at The New York Public Library

NEW YORK, NY—The classic track “Heroin” was played in its entirety as the audience sat in darkness, while waiting for the evening’s guests to take the stage. Inside the Stephen A. Schwartzman Building at the New York Public Library, there sat a tiny turntable—the needle blazing into the beginning of …

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Devendra Banhart: What Will We Be

Devendra Banhart is striding along splendidly with his latest album, What Will We Be—this being his seventh studio release and follow up to the remarkable Smokey Rolls Down Thunder Canyon. While some tracks on the album, such as “Meet Me At Lookout Point,” are reminiscent of the four-track recordings …

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Leroy Justice @ Mercury Lounge

NEW YORK, NY—On the walls of the rock clubs in Anywhere, U.S.A., chances are you will find a snapshot of how things went down on the streets where you lived. The story of Leroy Justice just happens to take place in New York City, but taped to the wall next …

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Wilco: Wilco (The Album) / Nonesuch

I can’t lie-there’s something about Wilco (The Album) that really rubs me the wrong way right from the get-go. In all likelihood, I probably would have overlooked the fact that the first track on the Chicago sextet’s seventh release is called “Wilco (The Song),” if the lyrics to the …

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Interview with Vetiver: Catch As Catch Can

Andy Cabic recently made the pilgrimage down to Los Angeles from his home in San Francisco, after completing Tight Knit, the fourth album from Vetiver—the group that serves as his ever-evolving musical home base. Sure, it’s 2009, and the term “freak folk” has become as passé as Jesus beards …

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The Secret Machines @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg

BROOKLYN, NY—New York City’s Secret Machines have toured regularly since the release of their first full-length album, Now Here Is Nowhere, in 2004. The trio, with their brand of Placebo-meets-Pink Floyd alternative psychedelia, has been known for their extensive stage set-ups—which during their set at The Music Hall Of …

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