• Beck at Hiro Ballroom, NYC

    Friday, April 15th, 2005 Hiro Ballroom at the Maritime Hotel New York, NY "Kidney for a Beck ticket! "BECK TIX NEEDED will do anything MFM" "Beck Ticket @ Hiro Ballroom, Am Muslim, will eat Pork for ticket" Beck's one-off concert at New York's Hiro Ballroom on Friday night was his first in Manhattan in more than two years, and if the desperate pleas on Craigslist were anything to go by, anticipation was running high. What was initially meant to be an exclusive show for fan club members became a poorly kept secret that ended up frying Ticketweb's computers last Thursday afternoon.

  • Dinosaur Jr. Put Together Again

    It seems that the epic indie-rock battles of the early '90s have been quelled, if not entirely resolved: Taking a cue from the recently reunited Pixies, J. Mascis and Lou Barlow are now sharing the proverbial olive branch. Dinosaur Jr. is getting back together for a tour this spring to support the reissues of late '80s classics like You're Living All Over Me and Bug. Dinosaur Jr. will be playing several festival dates including Lollapalooza and Japan's Fugi Rock Festival. The tour kicks off June 8th in London.

  • Mary Timony

    Hometown: Washington, D.C. Discography: 2000, Mountains (Matador) 2002, The Golden Dove (Matador) 2005, Ex Hex (Lookout!) After a spell in airy-fairy land with the ethereal Mountains and The Golden Dove, Mary Timony is returning to her Dischord-ant D.C. roots with an album more girl-punk than Ren-fair. Timony started out her career on Dischord with the seminal girl punk band Autoclave. The band dissolved in 1992, and Timony moved to Boston to attend Boston University, where she joined the second coming of the band for which she is best known: Helium. The band released three albums on Matador in the mid '90s to much critical acclaim. After Helium disbanded, Timony went solo, occasionally participating in collaborations with Carrie Brownstein of Sleater-Kinney fame. On songs like Ex Hex's "Silence," Timony sounds like a world-weary Lou Reed lamenting an uncommunicative lover.

  • LCD rocks the O.C.

    If you are a part of the (we're guessing here) relatively small group of people who watch the O.C. and also dig the eclectic post-punk outfit LCD Soundsystem, you probably noticed that at Marisa's jam on last night's episode, the recent LCD single, "Daft Punk Is Playing at My House," set the soundtrack for the pivotal partying scenes. In related news: According to VH1.com, LCD frontman and DFA producer James Murphy had been talking to Britney Spears about collaborating with her on an upcoming project. But don't worry, Murphy's sharp indie edge remains intact: he and Spears did not end up working together. LCD Soundsystem will kick off on a U.S. tour in May.

  • Bloc Party Coming to Your Hood

    Vice Records' post-punk media darlings, Bloc Party, have officially announced more U.S. tour dates. The first time the Party crossed the pond, they sold out all their shows. The frenetic Brit rockers kick things off at the Coachella Music Festival in Indio, California, on April 30th. Bloc Party will then play a handful of late spring dates in several major U.S. cities in support of their debut album, Silent Alarm.

  • The Good Goodbyes

    Crafted in the harsh southwestern sun, indie-pop journeymen the Good Goodbyes manufacture bright, poppy sounds that betray their desert origins. The Good Goodbyes are something of an indie-rock super group, comprised of two members of the Shins (keyboardist Marty Crandall and bassist Neal Langford), the Busy Signals (which is actually just one guy, Howard Hamilton III), and drummer Ryan Holmes. The band's debut self-titled EP is a fresh take on early '90s sensitive dude rock like Sebadoh and Matthew Sweet. Soft melodic guitars a la Lou Barlow are given a sharp electronic twist (courtesy of Howard Hamilton), lending this EP a layered quality reminiscent of the Walkmen and the Postal Service. On the third track off the EP, "A Million Bees," the GG's claim, "This is not a joke," but then go on to sing about eating cold fries, dropping dope rhymes, and dragonflies.

  • Check out photos from the DIG! DVD release party at Rothko, featuring the Dandy Warhols, Hopewell, the Giraffes and more

    The DIG! party at Crash Mansion last Tuesday night was a perfect way to kick off spring, with bands like the Dandy Warhols, Hopewell, and the Giraffes on the bill. Check the gallery for photos of the band, hipsters swigging Heineken, not to mention lots of sweat and debauchery...

  • Pixies Back on the Road

    For those of you who missed the Pixies first reunion outing last winter, never fear: the patron saints of modern indie rock are back for another round. Kim Deal, Frank Black, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering are hitting the cities they missed on first time, including Portland, Oregon and Denver, Colorado. The tour will end with a show at Jones Beach, New York on June14th, or when the niceties break down and Kim Deal punches Frank Black in the face, whichever comes first.

  • Of Montreal

    Hometown: Athens, Georgia Born of the incestuous collective music scene down in Athens, Georgia, Of Montreal has survived various incarnations over its almost ten-year history. As part of the extended Elephant 6 family (a nimbus of musicians spread over several bands including Beulah, Neutral Milk Hotel, and the Apples in Stereo), Of Montreal is mostly the baby of singer / songwriter Kevin Barnes. The band was started after Barnes broke it off with a woman, predictably, of Montreal. It's not often that a previous album title describes the kind of music a band plays succinctly. Of Montreal's 2001 release, Coquelicot Asleep in the Poppies: A Variety of Whimsical Verse, is a perfect, nonsensical description of the psychedelic indie-pop favored by Barnes and company.

  • White Stripes Praying For 'Satan'

    Should we have taken a hint from the red garb? The White Stripes enlist assistance from the Dark Lord on June 7 with the release of their fifth studio album, Get Behind Me Satan. The record explores "characters and the ideals of truth," according to a statement issued by the Stripes' publicist, but no word yet about whether that truth involves full disclosure of the Whites' marital history. "Blue Orchid" will be the record's first single, and the band will kick off a world tour May 11 in Mexico; U.S. tour plans have yet to be announced. Get Behind Me Satan tracklisting: 1. Blue Orchid 2. The Nurse 3. My Doorbell 4. Forever For Her (Is Over For Me) 5. Little Ghost 6. The Denial Twist 7. White Moon 8. Instinct Blues 9. Passive Manipulation 10. Take, Take, Take 11. As Ugly As I Seem 12. Red Rain 13. I'm Lonely (But I Ain't That Lonely Yet)

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