• Broken Twin

    Broken Twin Commands Devastating Darkness on 'May'

    There's sad music and then there's sad music; music that's just plain devastating. Death Cab for Cutie made sad music, whereas Elliott Smith's was devastating. James Taylor made some sad music, but Joni Mitchell, Leonard Cohen and Jim Croce – their stuff was devastating. (Don't pretend you can listen to Croce’s "Time In a Bottle" and not cry.) Sad music sounds hurt; devastating music sounds damaged. Sad music tugs at the heartstrings; devastating music rips them out. Majke Voss Romme, who records as Broken Twin, falls into this latter camp. The singer’s experimental folk songs, as heard on her self-produced debut May, are stark, spectral odes to desolation, loss, heartache -- the whole shebang.

  • Damon Albarn's Modern Life Is Rubbish on Endearingly Great 'Everyday Robots'

    Damon Albarn's Modern Life Is Rubbish on Endearingly Great 'Everyday Robots'

    As most folks know, SXSW is more about brands than bands; it has been for over a decade. To wit: For 10-plus years now, there's one brand that throws this enormously expensive five-day party, from noon to 8 p.m. every day. Cover is free and the line-up is so consistently amazing the place takes on a kind of Pinocchio's Pleasure Island vibe, where it's hard to leave even as you feel shittier the longer you stay. This year, Blur frontman and Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn was headlining the Friday evening slot. So picture this: It's 7:30 p.m., magic-hour in Austin, the free beer is flowing, and one of the most fascinating musicians of the last 30 years is performing new material in an intimate setting. Also: I'm a huge Blur fan (the pneumonic device I use to remember my ATM pin-code is a Blur reference). So again: free show, free beer, small crowd, living legend onstage. What do I do?

  • Rhythm & Snooze: From Sohn to Chet Faker, A Global Group of Artists Explore the EDM-R&B Axis

    Rhythm & Snooze: From Sohn to Chet Faker, A Global Group of Artists Explore the EDM-R&B Axis

    Look, I hate to do it, I don't want to do it, but I have to do it. Reader, it's my job: I have to come up with a new term to encompass a clutch of music. I know, I know, we need another darkwave/coldwave/drumstep/chillstep/witch house/shithouse like we need a hole in the head. But we have to do it. Writers, editors and maybe even readers (big maybe) need a word to throw around, make fun of, feel depressed about. Like, how are we going to be nostalgic for this shit in ten years if we never figure out what to call it?So which shit? Right.

  • Thievery Corporation

    Review: Thievery Corporation, 'Saudade'

    Sushi (すし, 寿司, 鮨, 鮓, 寿斗, 寿し, 壽司?) is a Japanese food consisting of cooked vinegared rice (鮨飯, sushi-meshi?) combined with other ingredients (ネタ, neta?), seafood, vegetables and sometimes tropical fruits. Ingredients and forms of sushi presentation vary widely, but the ingredient which all sushi have in common is rice (also referred to as shari (しゃり?) or sumeshi (酢飯?)).Sushi can be prepared with either brown or white rice. Sushi is often prepared with raw seafood, but some common varieties of sushi use cooked ingredients. Raw fish (or occasionally meat) sliced and served without rice is called sashimi.Sushi is often served with shredded ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce. Popular garnishes are often made using daikon.Click here to read more about sushi. 

  • Post-Rock Supergroup Inventions Conjure Transfixing Debut

    Post-Rock Supergroup Inventions Conjure Transfixing Debut

    Can there be such a thing as an ambient music supergroup? Feels like a contradiction in terms: Two titans of sonic landscape design join forces to show the phonies how it's done. Yeah, no, it's hard to make ambient music sound bad-ass. But so what if Inventions aren't Damn Yankees. The duo, comprised of Explosions in the Sky guitarist Mark T. Smith and Eluvium mastermind Matthew Cooper, has turned in a debut album that's perfectly befitting their post-rock bona fides.Inventions works for all the reasons post-rock ambient experimental noise-scape music is supposed to work. It features glacial builds with satisfying crescendos; guitars that twinkle like stars in a desert sky; electric static obscuring dulcet melodies; sub-bass that works more like a drawn-out bear hug than something with rhythmic purpose, enveloping you in a prolonged, low-end thrum.

  • neil young, ponomusic, sxsw 2014, a letter home

    Q&A: Neil Young Plots Retro-Tech Revolution With Pono, New Album 'A Letter Home'

    Amidst the chaos of SXSW, Neil Young announced the arrival of his long-gestating PonoMusic, which Neil and CEO John Hamm insist isn't really a device or a digital music service (although it happens to be both) but rather a movement — a 360-degree revolution (the word is used frequently) that will not only restore us to the pre-MP3 elysian days of hi-fi music-listening, but in doing so also save the entire music industry, right down to its clerical workers. If all of this sounds a little fuzzy, that's because it kind of is: The only thing you can do right now is donate to the movement on Kickstarter, where the service has raised $3.1 million at press time, which is nearly four times its original goal. After listening to Neil's keynote address on Tuesday, SPIN sat down with the rock legend in a suite at an out-of-the-way hotel in Austin.

  • Tyler, the Creator Nearly Incites a Riot at SXSW

    Tyler, the Creator Nearly Incites a Riot at SXSW

    Does Tyler, the Creator thrive on chaos, or does he thrive on subjecting other people to it? There's a difference. One tendency you tend to associate with artists, the other masochists. To wit: During his headlining spot at the Converse/Thrasher "Death Match" at the Scoot Inn Thursday afternoon, Tyler incited hundreds of people outside the already-packed venue to break down the gates, nearly causing a riot just hours after two people were killed and 23 injured outside his scheduled show at the Mohawk.

  • Foster The People

    Foster the People Settle for Modern-Pop Pastiche on the Bloated 'Supermodel'

    Raise your hand if you spent your 2011 Playa Del Carmen vacation driving up and down the Mexican Riviera listening to Foster the People's Torches. Anyone? Anyone? That was just me? OK, fine, but still: It was a pretty boss record, right? Not exactly something you're going to love and cherish for the rest of your days (no "Tenth Anniversary of Torches" features coming your way in 2021), but good the way a new Taco Bell menu item is good: old flavors re-imagined into something vibrantly new, art and science and focus groups collaborating on something spiritually empty yet delicious.Actually, I made up the focus-group thing; I have no idea if that happened. Still, it sounded like it did, given the record's perfectly balanced indie/dance/soul/pop equation.

  • Jay Z, Kanye West

    Jay Z and Kanye West's SXSW Concert Was Masterful but Predictable

    AUSTIN, Texas — Perhaps the biggest surprise about the Jay Z and Kanye West double-header at the Austin Music Hall on Wednesday night was its complete lack of surprises – no Beyoncé cameo, no Daft Punk appearance, no mention of a sequel to Watch the Throne, all of which were rumored. Not even the fact that Kanye was wearing a miniskirt was noteworthy: that shit's old hat by now. If I sound a little disappointed by the lack of bombshells, SXSW has only itself to blame. Over the years, the festival has conditioned us to expect the unexpected – Justin Timberlake has parachuted in, Lady Gaga is due to pop out of a giant Doritos bag any day now. Even Hova himself was a surprise guest the last time the duo performed here in 2011, during Kanye's G.O.O.D. Music showcase, for which Ye trotted out a full marching band.

  • Neil Young, Pono, SXSW

    Neil Young Pitches Pono Music Service at SXSW as Alternative to Digital 'Shit'

    When Neil Young tells you that there's something out of whack with the way you're listening to music, then you can't help but listen, which is what those of us who had assembled in the main hall of the Austin Convention Center were doing on Tuesday afternoon as the legendary rocker paced the stage, eerily resembling Steve Jobs during one of the Apple guru's famed keynotes."There was really something wrong," Young said, recounting the period in the '80s when the industry crossed over from analog to digital. "And it was that we were selling shit.

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