Melissa Giannini

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Hunters: Brooklyn Punkers Handcraft a Warpath

Who: Hailing from Brooklyn — via Brazil (Isabel Almeida, 27) and a woodsy suburb of Philadelphia (Derek Watson, 29) — Hunters met in late 2009…
Melissa Giannini / August 29, 2012

Laetitia Sadier , ‘Silencio’ (Drag City)

Stereolab songstress’ occupy-era politics gently agitate under soothing synth ‘n’ strings.
Melissa Giannini / July 30, 2012

Old Crow Medicine Show, ‘Carry Me Back’ (ATO)

Roots-bootleggers carry old-time forward with a bright batch of swoony strums and grassy ecstasy.
Melissa Giannini / July 19, 2012

Jesca Hoop, ‘The House That Jack Built’ (Bella Union)

A quirky yet polished dip into macabre pop, redolent of myriad mid-’90s adult-alt radio sirens.
Melissa Giannini / July 6, 2012

Jukebox The Ghost, ‘Safe Travels’ (Yep Roc)

Brooklyn trio strays from the prog-pop road for a couple excursions in melisma, keeps it catchy.
Melissa Giannini / June 20, 2012

Cherrypicking With Neneh Cherry: Singer Breaks Down 7 Pivotal Tracks

While most fans associate Neneh Cherry with her 1988 international pop hit "Buffalo Stance," the singer's past reads like an underground-punk guidebook: Raised on a…
Melissa Giannini / June 19, 2012

Glen Hansard, ‘Rhythm and Repose’ (Anti-)

Summer’s a swell season for 11 life-assessing, basement-sobbing shout-alongs from the Frames frontman.
Melissa Giannini / June 19, 2012

Grass Widow, ‘Internal Logic’ (HLR)

A Slits and Shangri-Las summit where heavenly three-part harmonies dance atop jagged post-punk guitars.
Melissa Giannini / June 4, 2012

Hear Psychobuildings’ Brightly Hellish ‘Wonderchamber’

The self-titled debut EP by Peter LaBier and Co. shined like a still-wet painting leaning nonchalantly against a grimy Bushwick studio wall. Thick, tense vocal…
Melissa Giannini / May 31, 2012

Patti Smith on When to Break Rules and Nap on Logs

Since the early 1970s, punk godmother Patti Smith has served as the guardian of an idiosyncratic — and meandering — brand of artistry. After releasing…
Melissa Giannini / May 24, 2012

Violens, ‘TRUE’ (Slumberland)

Brooklyn trio grounds airy pop soundscapes with jagged guitar, skittish rhythms, discordant squalls of rock bliss.
Melissa Giannini / May 23, 2012

S. Carey, ‘Hoyas’ (Jagjaguwar)

Warm laptop waves expand and collapse, leaving shy horns, AutoTuneful vocals on shore in this Bon Iver–produced EP.
Melissa Giannini / May 22, 2012

Turing Machine, ‘What is the Meaning of What’ (Temporary Residence)

What Is the Meaning of What/8: Final LP with sticksman (R.I.P.) is adrenaline-soaked, DFA-stacked and kraut-psyched.
Melissa Giannini / May 11, 2012

Led Er Est, ‘The Diver’ (Sacred Bones)

Dusty analog synths and lo-fi electronics act as fuzzy earmuffs inside a dark, coldwave industrial wind tunnel.
Melissa Giannini / May 9, 2012

Ra Ra Riot Shake Things Up On New Album

Even during the raucous college-party days of their birth in 2006 in Syracuse, New York, Ra Ra Riot has always folded heartrending strings and…
Melissa Giannini / May 3, 2012

Felix, ‘Oh Holy Molar’ (Kranky)

UK duo-turned-trio add a touch of watery weight and seductive, intuitive groove to sparse-pop piano confessionals.
Melissa Giannini / April 26, 2012

Maps & Atlases, ‘Beware & Be Grateful’ (Barsuk)

A seamless, sleepless avant-indie night of math terror, slinky syncopation and pop epiphanies.
Melissa Giannini / April 25, 2012

Sidi Touré, ‘Koïma’ (Thrill Jockey)

Dusty desert-blues textures, melancholic drones, and intoxicating high-low vocals lead to tactile transcendence.
Melissa Giannini / April 24, 2012

Listen to Starring’s Spellbinding ‘The Best’

Within the first frenetic minute of "The Best," Starring fold a delay bubble into a Farfisa freak-out into a Neu!-ish buildup and shove everything inside…
Melissa Giannini / April 18, 2012

M. Ward’s Surprising Loves: ‘American Idol,’ Yacht, Ronettes

For a decade-plus, the otherwise discreet folkie M.Ward (né Matthew Stephen Ward), 38, has been exposing his undergarments of influence in interviews (his favorite Beatle:…
Melissa Giannini / April 17, 2012

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