• Band of the Day: M83

    Discography: 2003, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (Gooom Disques)2005,Before the Dawn Heals Us (Mute U.S.) Sounds Like: Poppy electronic French ambient. The kind of music you'd want to listen to if you were in the Metro wearing a beret, or cruising around in a souped-up Peugeot. Fun Facts: When Anthony Gonzales and Nicolas Fromageau of M83 lived in Paris, their neighbors were members of the French experimental music quartet Cyann and Ben. For more on M83 and upcoming tour dates, visit Mute Records To check out a radio show programmed by M83, visit www.d-fuzz.com/M83

  • Matt Pond PA

    Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Discography:1998 - Deer Apartments, Lancaster Records 1998 - Measure, File 13 2001 - I thought you were sleeping, File 13 2001 - This is not the green fury, Polyvinyl 2002 - The green fury, Polyvinyl 2002 - The Nature of Maps, Polyvinyl 2004 - Emblems, Altitude Records Music: A lush baroque with a lot of acoustic guitar. Lead Singer Matt Pond's voice sounds like a cross between Sebadoh's Lou Barlow and Beulah's Miles Kurosky. Fun Facts: Matt Pond is responsible for adding a little more rock to the world of the soccer mom: He wrote music for the Oxygen Network in-between the release of The Nature of Maps and Emblems.

  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    Bandmates Lee Sargent (keyboards and guitar) and Tyler Sargent (bass) are twins. They started their first band together at age 13 with current Clap Your Hands drummer Sean Greenhalgh.

  • Smoosh

    Hometown: Seattle, WA Sounds Like: Young Tori Amos meets a lo-fi Sleater Kinney with a little hip-hop thrown in for good measure. Fun Facts:: Smoosh don't just play riot grrrl music, they're actual riot grrrls: Smoosh is 10-year-old Chloe on drums and 12-year-old Asya on keyboards. Since their album came out, Smoosh has made the indie rock rounds, performing with the likes of Pearl Jam and Jimmy Eat World. In the coming months, Smoosh will open for the exuberant popsters the Unicorns on a major city tour. Don't worry about Chloe and Asya missing school, as the tour is scheduled to coincide with their spring break. Discography: 2004 - She Like Electric, Pattern 25 Records

  • Band of the Day: Smoosh

    Discography: 2004 - She Like Electric, Pattern 25 Records Sounds Like: Young Tori Amos meets a lo-fi SleaterKinney with a little hip-hop thrown in for good measure. Fun Facts: Smoosh don't just play riot grrrlmusic, they're actual riot grrrls: Smoosh is 10-year-old Chloe on drums and 12-year-old Asya on keyboards.Since their album came out, Smoosh has made the indie rockrounds, performing with the likes of Pearl Jam and JimmyEat World. In the coming months, Smoosh will open for theexuberant popsters the Unicorns on a major city tour. Don'tworry about Chloe and Asya missing school, as the tour isscheduled to coincide with their spring break. For more info about Smoosh: Pattern25 RecordsSmoosh.com To Hear Smoosh's "Massive Cure"

  • Yo La Tengo's Festival of Lights

    By: Mike Greenhaus Like any holiday celebration, Yo La Tengo's multi-night stand wavered between festive and reflective. Headlining a three-act show, which also included acoustic guitarist Calvin Johnson and multimedia artist/comedian Eugene Mirman, Yo La Tengo's closing night performance crystallized their eight night stand: a mix of creative guests, choice covers, and burlesque comedy. Yo La Tengo shifted between textured, overtly mellow indie-rock and loud, dissonant noise-jams.

  • Distopian Dream World: Drag City's "It's A Wonderful Next Life" Christmas Party, featuring Weird War, (Smog), and Joanna N

    Blame the omnipresent iPod for ruining our music-listening attention spans forever. Judging by the rotating format of the Drag City Christmas Party (subtitled "It's a Wonderful Next Life"), it seemed the organizers didn't have much faith in the audiences' listening longevity. They didn't have much faith in the Bowery Ballroom's heating system either--knit sweaters and scarves/hats were a somewhat odd entrance requirement to a Wonderful Next Life. Weird War, the first of three acts on the bill, played three songs of glammed out, rant-y punk. (Smog) followed with three post-modern funereal dirges. Joanna Newsom rounded it out with her ethereal, woodland-nymph style harp. Then Weird War started the cycle again. Then (Smog) again, followed by Newsom. Then they did it all again.

  • Spin's 40 Best Albums of the Year

    A zany woodsprite to Björk's possessed tree goddess. With her pint-size voice and full-size harp, Newsom baffled and charmed indie-folk fans this year, mainly because you'd expect someone who sings about love and loss as sweetly and surreally as she does to sound older than 12. Mendermight be off-putting on first listen, but it's totally addictive thereafter. And yes, she's a distant cousin of gay-marriage-performing San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom, a detail which somehow brings her down to earth.JOE GROSS 39 GHOSTFACE The Pretty Toney Album (Def Jam) Staten Island's most tempestuous Wu-banger argues with his own racing brain, demands some banana Nutrament, knocks boots with Missy in a '75 Cordoba, elbows his way into the Delfonics, and hyperventilates through one of the best cop-fleeing desperation scenarios in hip-hop history, all overnicotine-stained, Vietnam-era soul.

  • Identity Crisis: Moving Units and the Bravery

    By: Peter Gaston No self-respecting rock band ever sets out to be the next Stone Temple Pilots or the next Bush, or hopes that they'll be dismissed as rip-off artists. But at the same time, most bands would certainly envy the wild success enjoyed by both STP and Bush, success that definitely exceeded some of the acts they were initially ripping off. It often comes down to timing, not talent, and poor timing is something that both the Moving Units and the Bravery have their fair share of these days. During their double bill at New York's Bowery Ballroom last week, neither band did much to assert their individual identities. The Bravery's doppelganger for the foreseeable future will undoubtedly be O.C. darlings the Killers.

  • The (Not So) New Face of Punk

    By: Steve Lowenthal If one were to look at the current cultural landscape, it would seem the very idea of punk has been not only wholeheartedly diluted, but transformed quite literally into teen pop. All these nice happy Neutrogena kids in punk drag are enough to make a die-hard punk go (gasp!) new wave. Thankfully, the vanguard of '90s underground hardcore punk has re-emerged in a variety of configurations to record today's youth riot anthems. This music is not about revivalism; this is the logical progression of the form itself, and something that suggests that if you can't destroy a room in thirty-three seconds, why be in a band, anyway?

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