• 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.

  • 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.

  • 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)

  • Franz Ferdinand vs. Snoop Dogg

    No, it's not the latest silly mash-up that you found on some MP3 blog. Snoop D-oh-double-gizzle wants to collaborate with Franz Ferdi-nizzle. In a recent interview, Snoop said he'd like to work with European artists on his next joint, "especially the dudes who sing 'Take Me Out.'" We're already picturing a video featuring Alex Kapranos in an oversized, vintage (American) football jersey, sippin' a 40 oz., and cruising through the LBC in a pimped out Impala, while Snoop gets a short indie-rock coiffure, then dons a skinny tie and white belt. When the Scot's in the crib, ma, drop it like it's hot, drop it like it's hot!

  • Six Organs of Admittance

    Best known for bashing out the hits in groups like Vampire Belt and Cold Bleak Heat, Corsano has become the drummer de rigeur for the discriminating rock elite. School of the Flower is, alternately, a brilliant examination into long-form psychedelic ragas and a collection of downright gorgeous ballads. This dichotomy brings many intellectual and emotional images to mind: Harry Smith drawings, Bert Jansch, LSD, Sunny Murray, to name a few reference points. But if you imagine these two dudes as chin-scratching intellectuals you, my friend, have got it dead wrong. Having blazed a path of destruction that can only be considered Crue-like, it's a miracle they lived to record at all. How did this collaboration come about?

  • Cobain's In Bloom

    The site of Kurt Cobain's well-documented teen angst will now be commemorated with a sign. Cobain's hometown of Aberdeen, Washington, is adding the phrase, "Come As You Are," to the metropolis' welcome sign. VH1.com reports that the Kurt Cobain memorial committee hopes to make the welcome sign a depressive Mecca of sorts. The KCMC co-chair Jeff Burlingame says, "Several people have contacted us and intend to make pilgrimages to pay their respects." Now a new generation of misfit adolescents can stop and pay homage at the birthplace of their patron saint.

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