• Annuals' Anna Spence Chats 'Carry Around' Video

    Nothing can stand in the way of six-piece indie rock collectiveAnnuals -- not even a torrential downpour. So was the case this pastApril, when the band -- frontman Adam Baker, guitarist Kenny Florence,multi-instrumentalist Zack Oden, bassist Nick Radford, drummer MikeRobinson, and pianist/keyboardist Anna Spence -- descended on thealleyway behind director Peter Sand's Brooklyn studio to film theirconceptual new video for Be He Me's"Carry Around," on what happened to be the rainiest day in New YorkCity in over 100 years.

  • Thurston Moore Brings the Noise, Sort of

    "Look down there, look at that amazingly ugly crowd," oneconcertgoer perched in the VIP section was overheard whispering to hersignificant other. And though seemingly based in over generalizedpretentiousness, this onlooker's observation contained premise; lastnight (Sept. 26), Brooklyn's freshly renovated Music Hall ofWilliamsburg venue housed a crowd chock full of raggedy, unsightlydudes sporting all flavors of tattered post-grunge garb and appearingto have just rolled out of bed, hair matted against heads across thefloor. And soon, following a brief and drone filled set from openerChristina Carter, one of their own emerged, a near mirror image of hisdisheveled fan base: the towering Thurston Moore.

  • Foo Fighters' 'Patience and Grace' Hits Memory Lane

    Poised in front of a makeshift sidewalk scalping gallery chock full of those seeking the evening's hot ticket, New York City's Fillmore venue, a.k.a. Irving Plaza, rapidly filled up with fans -- from old school heshers to elegant executives -- all buzzing with anticipation for the Foo Fighters' imminent, uncharacteristically intimate and sold out show last night (Sept. 20).

  • The Brunettes, 'Structure & Cosmetics' (Sub Pop)

    On 2004's Mars Loves Venus, these New Zealanders developed a scrappy, concise, girl-group-tinged sound. But with the band's third LP and Sub Pop debut, Heather Mansfield and Jonathan Bree inject their twee aesthetic with psychedelic flourishes both buoyant and shadowy. On opener "Brunettes Against Bubblegum Youth," a handclap ditty swells with horns, spacey blips, and buzzy, driving guitar. Though the Brunettes' dreamy sonics occasionally wander off course ("Her Hairagami Set"), the band's endearing lyricism benefits from the instrumental boost. Now Hear This: The Brunettes - "Small Town Crew" DOWNLOAD MP3

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    12 Best Moments of All Tomorrow's Parties (clone)

    The nerdiest of music nerds seized control of a dilapidated country club in Upstate, NY, this weekend for the third annual All Tomorrow's Parties festival. Their leader: indie filmmaker Jim Jarmusch (Broken Flowers, Coffee and Cigarettes). Their entertainment: the leaders of noise- and indie-rock, from vets like Sonic Youth to newcomers like Girls, partially curated by Mr. Jarmusch himself. The event -- the American spinoff of the 10-year-old UK fest -- was held at Kutsher's Country Club, the last of the grand Borscht Belt resorts in the Catskill Mountains, about 100 miles outside New York City near Monticello, NY -- and the ensuing party was an alt-rock free-for-all! For three days and nights, roughly 2,500 rock fans ran rampant at Kutsher's, the all-inclusive getaway that inspired Dirty Dancing.

  • 1990s, 'Cookies' (World's Fair/ Rough Trade)

    On their debut LP, this trio led by singer/songwriter Jackie McKeown and bassist Jamie McMorrow -- who played in late-'90s indie band Yummy Fur with Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos and Paul Thomson -- trade their former group's spazzed-out sonics for taut, trashy ditties that mix '70s proto-punk and skippy '50s ooh-las. McKeown's Marc Bolan-influenced rhymes and party-time shouts are always wryly slapdash, but the weaving bass line and expansive structure of "Situation" indicate that 1990s still retain some of the members' arty ambitions. Now Hear This: 1990s - "You're Supposed to be My Friend" DOWNLOAD MP3 Now Watch This: 1990s - "See You at the Lights" BUY: iTunesAmazon

  • Rage, Wu-Tang Rock the Bells

    "It's hot as balls up here, too. But we're gonna keep it cool," Mos Def sympathized as the sun parted the humid air and beat down upon a vast cross-section of New York City's eclectic populace Saturday afternoon (July 27), all braving the blistering conditions for a taste of Rock the Bells and all its booty; an extensive bill featuring much-mooted sets from the likes of Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, Wu-Tang Clan, and most of all, Rage Against the Machine. Upon entering to the venue, a spacious field surrounded on all sides by the East River, Mos Def and Talib Kweli dove into "Umi Says," flailing towels while bounding the stage and periodically spraying the crowd with a hail of water.

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