• Wolf Eyes

    Wolf Eyes Embrace Terror, Humor, Simplicity on New LP

    In the nearly 17 years that comically prolific Ann Arbor, Michigan-based noise institution Wolf Eyes has been a concern for Nate Young, he's traversed some strange ground: two albums of languorous ooze for Sub Pop, a string of tour dates opening for Sonic Youth, a sludgy slot on Lollapalooza, and part of a SPIN trend piece back in the days when we were putting Franz Ferdinand on the cover. Though we're nearly 10 years removed from the project's critical heyday, Young has continued to plug away at the heart of the constantly evolving trio. Young's last several years have seen Wolf Eyes take a back seat in deference his similarly bleary Nate Young Regression project, but in February, the return of the trio was announced, with Jim Baljo taking over the reins in the guitarist slot from Mike Connelly.

  • Yuck / Photo by Chris Coady

    Yuck Regroup for Fall 2013 Sophomore Album

    Yuck aren't scared. Despite the recent departure of one of their principal songwriters and lead vocalist, Daniel Blumberg, bassist Mariko Doi, drummer Jonny Rogoff, and guitarist (and new frontman) Max Bloom are in surprisingly good spirits. "Obviously it's a shame that things happened this way," explains Bloom of Blumberg's departure. "But I've been making this album for a really long time. Even before the first album was released I had big plans and ambitions for the second album."That's the prevailing sentiment in the studio during the recording of Yuck's forthcoming sophomore full-length, slated to arrive this fall. And though there's a feeling of disappointment surrounding Blumberg's decision to pursue his Hebronix project (with a first LP set for a July 9 release), there's also palpable excitement from Bloom, Rogoff, and Doi as they explain their next outing.

  • Marina & The Diamonds / Photo by Caspar Balslev

    Marina & the Diamonds on Her Madonna Love and Daniel Johnston

    Marina Diamandis, the Welsh-raised singer-songwriter behind Marina & the Diamonds, didn't start listening to music until her late teens. But you wouldn't be able to gather that fact from her 2012 sophomore album Electra Heart. Written by Diamandis, and featuring production work from producer A-listers such as Dr. Luke and Diplo, this record ditched her early new wave predilections for straightforward pop maximalism, shimmering keyboards and all. It doesn't sound like the product of someone who jumped into the game late, and by all indications she's making up for lost time.Diamandis, 27, took a moment during a recent radio promo tour (MATD are on tour in May) to talk to SPIN about some of her favorite things.Daniel Johnston"It's really interesting to me in terms of encouraging me to play shows and to start songwriting even though musically I was just on a really basic level.

  • The So So Glos / Photo by Boogie

    Listen to the So So Glos' Storming, Gritty Punk 'Blowout'

    It's been a long, at times rough, road for the So So Glos since their 2007 debut. The Brooklyn punks cranked out a string of EPs before unraveling themselves from the constricting record contract that they signed when singer-bassist Alex Levine was only 19 years old.

  • Lemuria

    Hear Lemuria's Swirling and Sweet Post-Hardcore Treasure 'Brilliant Dancer'

    Though they share a name with a sunken, Atlantis-esque continent, the Buffalo punks that make up Lemuria didn't take long to find themselves. Beginning with their self-titled 7-inch debut, guitarist Sheena Ozzella and drummer Alex Kerns (who share vocal duties) crafted a particularly self-assured brand of post-hardcore, a sound that only grew more refined on their 2011 effort, Pebble, with the added production touch of Jawbox's J. Robbins.

  • The Thermals' Hutch Harris on How Green Day, 'LARP-Metal' Shaped 'Desperate Ground'

    The Thermals' Hutch Harris on How Green Day, 'LARP-Metal' Shaped 'Desperate Ground'

    The Thermals' Hutch Harris had some small regrets. After 2010's Personal Life — a relatively stripped-down collection of mid-tempo tunes— he quickly realized that what he refers to as the album's "slower, cleaner, and more pretty" sound wasn't where the band's future lied. So he took action: The long-running Portland trio's latest effort, Desperate Ground (due out April 16 on Saddle Creek), finds Harris, bassist Kathy Foster, and drummer Westin Glass relishing in the more ferocious sound of early Thermals material.Harris called from his Rose City home to talk about J.R.R. Tolkien-influenced German power metal, hugely successful pop-punk, and other curious influences seeped onto the band's new album.Green Day"Kathy and I are from the Bay Area so Green Day were fucking heroes. No one should be surprised by that.

  • Dent May / Photo by Stephany Kaye

    Dent May Fends Off Ghosts and Loneliness for New Album

    "I spent a lot of time alone in this house and I'm really like a hippie, so I was sensing spirits and stuff," Dent May says of the several weeks in February and March he spent writing and recording in St. Augustine, Florida. Situated in the northeastern corner of the sunshine state, the city is the oldest, continuously occupied European colony in the United States — or, as May puts it, "the oldest white people city in America" — a place where ghostly presences loom large. But said spirits weren't the primary influence on May's new album; solitude was. "I'm always trying to pump people up," he explains.

  • Delorean / Photo by Nacho Alegre

    Delorean Find Clarity on Upcoming Summer LP

    "I think a certain intention with Subiza was to make it very fuzzy; everything was blurred," says Delorean frontman Ekhi Lopetegi, speaking of his Barcelona outfit’s 2010 full-length, breakthrough effort. "We didn't want that to happen this time." It’s a relatively jarring statement, given that it’s coming from a band whose work to date is so clearly defined by its bleary-eyed, reverb-bathed, house-inflected approach to pop — but Lopetegi insists that this time, Delorean is playing it straight. "We wanted to do something less house and more pop," Lopetegi says. "Clean and powerful.

  • Coma Cinema

    Hear Coma Cinema's Moving 'Satan Made a Mansion'

    Between 2009 and 2011, South Carolina native Mat Cothran penned three records worth of raw, crudely recorded post-adolescent anguish. He named the project Coma Cinema and his songwork trumpeted honesty above all else. Earlier this year, Cothran ended an indefinite hiatus from the project with a week of recording in Los Angeles alongside Brad Petering and Jason Wyman of TV Girl. "Satan Made a Mansion," a first listen from those sessions and the forthcoming Posthumous Release, is a relatively hi-fi affair that channels his cracked vocals through a sparse collage of cheap keyboard sounds and acoustic guitars. He only allows himself two verses to get his point across, but the economy works in his favor. And when he caps the whole thing off by describing "eyes prettier than suicide," it's clear that Cothran's focus isn't solely on melancholia.

  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

    OMD's Andy McCluskey Rewrote His Band's History and 'Everybody Bought It'

    35 years ago, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark started as an attempt to capture the future. At the respective ages of 16 and 15, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys started wrangling synthesizers in the back room of Humphrey's mother's house in Northwest England, creating a sumptuously mechanized take on the post-punk that ruled the late '70s British music scene.

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