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Friday, April 20th, 2018

On The Louder I Call, The Faster It Runs, Wye Oak synthesizes the disparate strands that have run through its discography over the last decade into one solid form. Synthesizers hum, electronics whirl, guitars mutate into fantastical shapes. All of this happens without ever losing the human elements of multi-instrumentalists Jenn Wasner and Andy Stack. […]

Thursday, April 12th, 2018

Here’s how I first encountered Ween. I’m in junior high and in the lunch line at the school cafeteria, shuffling my tray along that metal railing, as my buddy, who as an adult would do some terrible things and spend some time up behind bars, tried to explain to me who Ween was. Or rather […]

Monday, April 9th, 2018

The movement of musicians into or out of a jazz ensemble isn’t the kind of news that draws much attention. They are so often juggling different projects and schedules that it doesn’t raise any eyebrows when there’s a fill-in for a gig or another player sits in for a recording session. But the announcement that […]

Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

2018 looks to be a banner year for fans of the defiantly minimal Wire. Following 2017’s Silver/Lead, a record that marked the band’s 40th anniversary in the most inspiring way possible — by demonstrating its continued vitality — Pink Flag Records has readied a wealth of archival releases for this year. First up, the Nine […]

Friday, March 30th, 2018

As a young man in Baltimore, Mark Renner created music that coupled the energy of punk and new wave with a sense of romantic longing. Recently, Brooklyn-based label RVNG Intl released Few Traces, a wide-angle selection of Renner’s early work recorded between 1982-1990. The material varies in tone, evoking the thrum of Joy Division at […]

Friday, March 23rd, 2018

Detroit’s Bonny Doon won’t kill you with kindness, nor will they burn much rubber on their musical journey. The foursome’s second full-length, Longwave, continues in the vein of forebears such as Berman/Malkmus coupled with the breathing atmospheric aesthetic of their fellow Woodsist labelmates. Part confessional, part confrontational, Longwave stretches out like days long on thought […]

Monday, March 19th, 2018

Over and over again on Amen Dunes’ fifth album Freedom, songwriter Damon McMahon punctuates lyrics with the word “man.” “We play religious music/I don’t think you’d understand man.” “I really gotta go/yeah man.” “Pride destroyed me, man.” The word peppers his sentences in conversation, too. It’s this and that “man,” repeatedly. Even while describing the […]