David Bevan

writer

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Manhattan, NY

  • Feeding People / Photo by Nick Walker

    Stream Cali Psych Crew Feeding People's Full, Fiery 'Island Universe'

    "I've got friends on the other side," Feeding People's frontwoman and founder Jessie Jones howls on "Other Side," a highlight from her Southern Californian psych outfit's latest, Island Universe. That's no throwaway line. In fact, Jones is as in touch with her home's acid-splashed history (and its heroes) as fellow Orange County native Ty Segall. And while Island Universe calls for less head-banging than Segall's most recent work, it's a hypnotic, similarly concussive sprint through the late '60s that's been punched up in all the right places by producers Hanni El Khatib and Jonny Bell of Crystal Antlers. Hear it for the first time in full: 

  • Widowspeak / Photo by Andrew Smith

    Widowspeak: Cinematic Brooklyn Duo Overcome Internal Strife

    Who: After reluctantly joining up at the behest of drummer, founder, leader, and fellow Tacoma, Washington native Mike Stasiak in mid-2010, Widowspeak frontwoman Molly Hamilton was left in a weird spot when Stasiak quit the Brooklyn outfit last summer. "It's funny that he ended up leaving the band because he badgered her to start it," says guitarist Robert Earl Thomas, now Hamilton's writing partner and sole bandmate. "It was difficult to bounce back. But at the same time, when Mike told us he didn't want to do it anymore, Molly and I's first conversation was, like, 'We're going to keep being a band, right?' It was invigorating." Snapped up by Captured Tracks in 2010 after just a handful of local shows, Widowspeak have enjoyed almost as much critical interest as they have internal tumult (bassist Pamela Garavano-Coolbaugh also came and went relatively quickly) in the past two years.

  • Mikal Cronin / Photo by Alex Uhrich

    San Fran Garage-Pop Craftsman Mikal Cronin Talks Merge Debut

    "I think I'm getting better at translating what I hear in my head to tape," Mikal Cronin says. "I'm really excited about that. This record comes from the same place as what I've done before, but it's bigger, more filled-out." Cronin, a fellow Laguna Beach, California native, longtime collaborator and bandmate to Ty Segall (their time together dates back to high school punk outfit Epsilons) is just days out of completing his sophomore solo full-length, an album he recorded over multiple sessions this past fall with Eric "King Riff" Bauer in San Francisco's Chinatown and mixed at legendary Fantasy Studios in nearby Berkeley. "I kind of took Ty's lead there," he says with a laugh, referring to his following the same studio progression that Segall used for his 2012 full-length, Twins. "I finally had a small budget to make it happen.

  • Lost Animal's Jarrod Quarrell / Photo by Mclean Stephenson

    Stream Lost Animal's Full, Pop Macabre 'Ex Tropical'

    When Jarrod Quarrell was 16, he found himself trading blows with a skinhead outside of a bar in his native Australia. The damage done to the cartilage in his nose in the process has made his voice distinctly adenoidal, as heard on Ex Tropical, Quarrell's Lost Animal project's haunting, keyboard-driven debut. Littered with marimba presets, blood-spackled crime scenes, and unshakable melody, it's an extraordinarily dark pop record made darker still by Quarrell's sneering, Dan Boeckner-like delivery. You might say he won that fight. 

  • G-Dragon / Photo by Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

    K-Pop's New Style: G-Dragon Blazes a Cray Path

    Last November, just days after Hurricane Sandy crashed into the Tri-State area, Korean pop fivesome BigBang played the fourth and final date of their ALIVE tour's American swing at Newark, New Jersey's Prudential Center. And just as he had the night before, Seungri, known as one of the group's strongest dancers, took a moment between songs to profess his love for BigBang's chief songwriter and creative engine, G-Dragon. "I think he's a genius," Seungri told the sold-out arena. "He makes a lot of songs." And then, turning to his bandmate: "You are a hero in my heart. I love you."Despite its scripted feel, the moment served as a strangely moving reminder of the dynamics at work behind BigBang, Korea's most compelling boy band by a considerable margin. No one else in K-pop garners the same level of haloed, peer-to-peer respect.

  • Watch Cayucas' Glitchy, Stop-Motion Romance 'High School Lover'

    Watch Cayucas' Glitchy, Stop-Motion Romance 'High School Lover'

    "High School Lover" is about a girl who would write [Cayucas frontman] Zach [Yudin] love letters," says Cameron Dutra, director of the Californian indie-rock outfit's brand new clip, for a highlight from their Richard Swift-produced debut, Bigfoot. "Yet he would never respond despite actually liking her back. I tried to abstract the idea of a high school girl's notebook with doodles and sketches into stop-motion graphics and titles."In fact, Dutra deployed a glitchy stop-motion effect he developed himself, sending Yudin (whose twin brother Ben also plays bass) and his paramour into altered, near levitative states.

  • Dan Friel / Photo by Sabine Rogers

    Hear Dan Friel's Genuine Noise-Pop Gem 'Thumper'

    For those familiar with Dan Friel's work on his own and in now-defunct Brooklyn noise-rock collective Parts & Labor, a pop melody should come as no surprise. But the lullaby-like keyboard line that floats through "Thumper," a standout from Friel's forthcoming Total Folklore LP, due February 19 courtesy of Thrill Jockey, falls in such expert relief against the song's harsher textures that it feels totally new every time. If you're in New York next month on release date, Friel will be celebrating Total Folklore's arrival with a show at the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn featuring performances by Guardian Alien and Yvette, as well as a DJ set from Tyondai Braxton. In addition to performing on his own, Friel will also be taking the stage alongside an "all-star big band" that features members of Titus Andronicus,  Liturgy, Parts & Labor, Oneida, and more.

  • Dinosaur Jr. Henry Rollins Maria Bamford Video

    Watch Dinosaur Jr.'s Henry Rollins and Maria Bamford-Enriched 'Pierce the Morning Rain' Video

    In our recent profile of Dinosaur Jr., there's a scene in which frontman J Mascis listens to instrumental mixes of I Bet on Sky single "Pierce the Morning Rain" in his living room with longtime friend and producer John Agnello. At the time, the song had the working title "Downtown," but the scene itself — Mascis, very still, drinking in and considering the volume and textures of his own legendarily loud guitar work — was unforgettable. And when writer/director Scott Jacobson (The Daily Show, Bob's Burgers) set out to write the visual treatment for that song's video, he hoped to capture the physical and emotional magic to be found in Dinosaur's songs."Volume is definitely a part of what they do, but [Dinosaur Jr.'s] songs are also really emotionally accessible," Jacobson says. "And it's not just the usual emotions you associate with pummeling rock music.

  • Andrew Cedermark / Photo by Michael Mimoun

    Former Titus Andronicus Guitarist Andrew Cedermark Talks 'Barrel-Aged' Album 'Lean on Me'

    "I take a pretty long time to write a song," Andrew Cedermark says. "Historically, that's been because I've kept working on it and working on it, on my computer at home. I have a million little doodles and ditties, things I've written down on pieces of paper and things I've played on the guitar. But I started realizing that, if [making records] is something I want to do seriously, I can't do it on GarageBand for the rest of my life. If I don't want to be an amateur, it's an important psychological step to actually make the investment in myself, and in this music, and go into a studio."So he did.

  • Wax Idols

    Hear Wax Idols' Charred Darkwave Beauty 'AD RE:IAN'

    Last year, Oakland post-punk crew Wax Idols unsheathed No Future, a debut full-length on Chicago's HoZac label that was effervescent enough to obscure the mess of dark energy roiling below the surface. But on Discipline & Desire, the outfit's sophomore full-length due March 26 via Slumberland, primary songwriter, frontwoman, and working dominatrix Hether Fortune plunges headlong into those depths, as she does on "AD RE:IAN," a master class in seething, moody songwriting that's rife with both immense tension and — in its beautiful coda — great release.Discipline & Desire tracklist:1. Stare Back2. Sound Of A Void3. When It Happens4. Formulae5. Scent Of Love6. Dethrone7. AD RE:IAN8. Cartoonist9. Elegua10. Stay In

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