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How Composer Brian Reitzell Became Hollywood’s Recluse Whisperer

It's a hallucinatory 110 degrees in a parking lot in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Glendale, where Brian Reitzell stands outside of a nondescript recording…
By: Andy Beta / July 24, 2014

Jon Hassell Goes Below the Belt, Challenges Phillip Glass to Dance-Off

With a résumé that begins with the epochal recording of Terry Riley's minimalist zenith In C in 1968 and stretches into the 21st century, trumpeter…
By: Andy Beta / July 8, 2014

Night Time, Anytime: Jim Jarmusch and Jozef van Wissem Discuss ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’

Ever since his 1980 debut feature film, Permanent Vacation, writer/director Jim Jarmusch has deployed his idiosyncratic, underground films to detail the lives of fringe characters, be…
By: Andy Beta / April 10, 2014

Avey Tare’s New Trio Delivers Chills, Thrills on ‘Enter the Slasher House’

As half the songwriting force in Animal Collective, Avey Tare is the Trogg to Panda Bear's Beach Boy. In contrast to Panda's dulcet harmonie…
By: Andy Beta / April 6, 2014

How Explosions in the Sky and Eluvium Became Inventions

Since 1999, guitarist Mark Smith has been beholden to his post-rock outfit, Explosions in the Sky, applying post-Spiderland dynamics to cinematic grandeur worthy of a…
By: Andy Beta / March 6, 2014

Snoop Dogg and Dam-Funk Take the Ol’ Mothership for a Lazy Spin on ‘7 Days of Funk’

Play a drinking game — or, perhaps, a puffing game — where you take a shot (or a draw) at every utterance of the word…
By: Andy Beta / December 9, 2013

Cat Power, Sky Ferreira, and More Join Forces for An Elliott Smith Tribute Show in Brooklyn

Yesterday marked the tenth anniversary of songwriter Elliott Smith's death by his own hand, a still-painful moment for both Gen-Xers and twentysomethings alike. It wa…
By: Andy Beta / October 22, 2013

Omar Souleyman: The Wedding Singer

The New York City heat is getting to Omar Souleyman. It's the last weekend in August and the air on this last-gasp day of summer…
By: Andy Beta / October 22, 2013

Four Tet Vividly Imagines Future Dance Floors on ‘Beautiful Rewind’

At some point in late 2010 or early 2011, Four Tet's Kieran Hebden found himself in the studio alongside Thom Yorke and Burial for their…
By: Andy Beta / October 17, 2013

Oneohtrix Point Never and Nicolas Jaar’s Darkside Serve Up Noirish, Sensuous Hypnosis

Oneohtrix Point Never, R Plus Seven (Warp) 8…
By: Andy Beta / October 2, 2013

Willis Earl Beal and Lonnie Holley Make ‘Outsider Art’ That Reveals Rich Interior Lives

Willis Earl Beal, Nobody Knows (HXC/XL)7…
By: Andy Beta / September 10, 2013

DJ Rashad’s EPs ‘I Don’t Give a Fuck’ and ‘Rollin” Prove the Footwork King Can Do Almost Anything

Despite a 15-year reign as what Ghettophiles label owner Neema Nazem calls the "gum underneath the shoes of Chicago house music," juke and footwork (a…
By: Andy Beta / July 30, 2013

Cliff Martinez, ‘Only God Forgives: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack’ (Milan) Review

Director Nicolas Winding Refn's stoic and blood-splattered 2011 film Drive both revived that peculiar late-'60s/mid-'70s man + car genre (ranging from Steve McQueen-starring Bullitt to…
By: Andy Beta / July 24, 2013

Boards of Canada, ‘Tomorrow’s Harvest’ (Warp)

Right now, throughout the Atlantic Eastern Seaboard, red-eyed cicada nymphs are emerging from a 17-year hibernation to make a deafening amount of natural noise, a…
By: Andy Beta / June 10, 2013

DFA’s 12th Anniversary Party: On the Scene at James Murphy’s Family Affair

For both initiates and longtime revelers, many with agog looks on their faces, stepping into Brooklyn's gaudy Grand Prospect Hall for "12 Years of DFA…
By: Andy Beta / May 28, 2013

The SPIN Interview: The Flaming Lips’ Wayne Coyne

In 1983, two brothers from Norman, Oklahoma —Wayne and Mark Coyne — played a punk show in Oklahoma City with mutual friend Michael Ivins o…
By: Andy Beta / April 16, 2013

James Blake, ‘Overgrown’ (Universal Republic)

You might be forgiven for thinking there were two diametrically separate artists named James Blake. First, there's the dubstep l'enfant terrible who, starting in the…
By: Andy Beta / April 10, 2013

Devendra Banhart, ‘Mala’ (Nonesuch)

Somewhere in Topanga Canyon (or perhaps on Manhattan's Lower East Side), Devendra Banhart sits, musing that he might have been crowned King of Chillwave just…
By: Andy Beta / March 13, 2013

Flaming Lips Discuss Their Harrowing, Awesomely Repetitive, Accidental New LP ‘The Terror’

The nine grim, harrowing songs that comprise the Flaming Lips thirteenth studio album The Terror are as much a paradigm shift in the Lips' sound…
By: Andy Beta / February 4, 2013

Various Artists, ‘American Noise,’ (L.I.E.S.)

The acronym for ridiculously underground New York City imprint L.I.E.S. stands for "Long Island Electrical Systems," though the land of Billy Joel doesn't quite sca…
By: Andy Beta / December 14, 2012

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