It seems Grails have officially bridged the gap between Led Zeppelin and Ravi Shankar with Burning Off Impurities. The experimental quartet’s fourth album is a giant step ahead of its instru-metal (yes, it really is a genre) contemporaries (Explosions in the Sky, Envy), as it relies less on layers of epic, post-rock guitar, and more on whispering ambience, rhythmic guitar riffs, winding feedback, and plenty of textured delay.Read more »
Dinosaur Jr. Beyond Fat Possum
It’s been a long wait, but the original Dinosaur Jr. lineup is back in action, and better than ever. Beyond picks up exactly where Mascis, Murph, and Barlow left off–heavy, poppy, and with gnarlier solos than ever before. Whether or not you were part of the whole ’90s indie rock takeover, Beyond will still kick you in the ass.
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The end of 2006 saw powerHouse Books unveil It’s All Good, a collection of photographs from Brooklyn-based, Serbian-born artist Boogie. Images from that book, which collectively present a gripping exposé of street life’s underworld, now make their way to Tokyo, alongside pieces Boogie did for Japanese publication Commons&Sense.
No, Bicycle Film Festival (BFF) isn’t an event where a bunch of dudes with Chrome bags and rolled up jeans get wasted and talk about their obscure, $5,000 track bikes. It’s a cultural celebration of the vehicle in all its forms, whether it’s bike jousting, BMX, track, Critical Mass, or bike polo.Read more »
From noisy post-punk to nostalgic balladry, Blonde Redhead has set the tempo for artful indie rock. Since the early ’90s, twins Amedeo and Simone Pace, alongside vocalist Kazu Makino, have crafted introspective jams that, like Sonic Youth records (the band that “discovered” BR), have outlived the years in which they were made. One might surmise the band’s most recent effort, 23, will be no exception.Read more »
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