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Dope Smokers: Spider Bags Venture to the Dark Side on ‘Frozen Letter’

Strange things are brewing in the brain of Spider Bags frontman Dan McGee. On Frozen Letter, the group’s arresting fourth album (excluding a singles collection),…
Jon Young / August 6, 2014

Frankie Rose Offshoot Beverly Work Out Shimmering Dream-Pop on ‘Careers’

Sometimes a song is so good it becomes a crazed obsession. Example: The nearly-perfect “All the Things,” from the debut outing by Brooklyn’s Beverly, a…
Jon Young / July 1, 2014

White Lung Push Their Searing Rawk Beyond the Red on ‘Deep Fantasy’

Led by the stern and fearsome Mish Way, who seems to proclaim the end of the world every time she sings, Vancouver’s furious White Lung…
Jon Young / June 16, 2014

Neil Young Evokes an Imaginary Past, Fetishizes Lo-Fi on ‘A Letter Home’

“What the hell?!?” is an appropriate first response to Neil Young’s A Letter Home. Not for its content: Echoing Bob Dylan’s Self Portrait, Young covers…
Jon Young / May 27, 2014

TEEN’s Faux-R&B Ploy ‘The Way and Color’ Elevates Discomfort to a Fine Art

Fronted by former Here We Go Magic keyboardist Teeny Lieberson (joined by sisters Lizzy and Katherine), Brooklyn’s TEEN has made intriguing moves from the start.
Jon Young / April 22, 2014

The Men Bash and Jangle Through the Joyously Aimless ‘Tomorrow’s Hits’

Very funny, guys, calling your fourth album Tomorrow’s Hits, when there’s nothing remotely commercial — or forward-looking — about such a sweltering orgy of noise.
Jon Young / March 5, 2014

NYC Art-Pop Fixtures Cibo Matto Return With the Charmingly Unnerving ‘Hotel Valentine’

Everyone has them: those unguarded moments when unfiltered joy or unbridled terror washes over you like a tidal wave. Kids experience such raw feeling naturally;…
Jon Young / February 13, 2014