Melissa Giannini

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Hunters: Brooklyn Punkers Handcraft a Warpath

Who: Hailing from Brooklyn — via Brazil (Isabel Almeida, 27) and a woodsy suburb of Philadelphia (Derek Watson, 29) — Hunters met in late 2009…
Melissa Giannini / August 29, 2012

Laetitia Sadier , ‘Silencio’ (Drag City)

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: July 24, 2012Label: Drag CityStereolab songstress’ occupy-era politics gently agitate under soothing synth 'n' strings.
Melissa Giannini / July 30, 2012

Old Crow Medicine Show, ‘Carry Me Back’ (ATO)

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: July 17, 2012Label: ATORoots-bootleggers carry old-time forward with a bright batch of swoony strums and grassy ecstasy.
Melissa Giannini / July 19, 2012

Jesca Hoop, ‘The House That Jack Built’ (Bella Union)

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: June 26, 2012Label: Bella UnionA quirky yet polished dip into macabre pop, redolent of myriad mid-'90s adult-alt radio sirens.
Melissa Giannini / July 6, 2012

Jukebox The Ghost, ‘Safe Travels’ (Yep Roc)

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: June 12, 2012Label: Yep RocBrooklyn trio strays from the prog-pop road for a couple excursions in melisma, keeps it…
Melissa Giannini / June 20, 2012

Cherrypicking With Neneh Cherry: Singer Breaks Down 7 Pivotal Tracks

While most fans associate Neneh Cherry with her 1988 international pop hit "Buffalo Stance," the singer's past reads like an underground-punk guidebook: Raised on a…
Melissa Giannini / June 19, 2012

Glen Hansard, ‘Rhythm and Repose’ (Anti-)

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: June 19, 2012Label: Anti-Summer's a swell season for 11 life-assessing, basement-sobbing shout-alongs from the Frames frontman.
Melissa Giannini / June 19, 2012

Grass Widow, ‘Internal Logic’ (HLR)

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: May 29, 2012Label: HLRA Slits and Shangri-Las summit where heavenly three-part harmonies dance atop jagged post-punk guitars.
Melissa Giannini / June 4, 2012

Hear Psychobuildings’ Brightly Hellish ‘Wonderchamber’

The self-titled debut EP by Peter LaBier and Co. shined like a still-wet painting leaning nonchalantly against a grimy Bushwick studio wall. Thick, tense vocals…
Melissa Giannini / May 31, 2012

Patti Smith on When to Break Rules and Nap on Logs

Since the early 1970s, punk godmother Patti Smith has served as the guardian of an idiosyncratic — and meandering — brand of artistry. After releasing…
Melissa Giannini / May 24, 2012

Violens, ‘TRUE’ (Slumberland)

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: May 15, 2012Label: SlumberlandBrooklyn trio grounds airy pop soundscapes with jagged guitar, skittish rhythms, discordant squalls of rock bliss.
Melissa Giannini / May 23, 2012

S. Carey, ‘Hoyas’ (Jagjaguwar)

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: May 08, 2012Label: JagjaguwarWarm laptop waves expand and collapse, leaving shy horns, AutoTuneful vocals on shore in this Bon…
Melissa Giannini / May 22, 2012

Turing Machine, ‘What is the Meaning of What’ (Temporary Residence)

8SPIN Rating: 8 of 10Release Date: May 08, 2012Label: Temporary ResidenceWhat Is the Meaning of What/8: Final LP with sticksman (R.I.P.) is adrenaline-soaked, DFA-stacked and…
Melissa Giannini / May 11, 2012

Led Er Est, ‘The Diver’ (Sacred Bones)

7SPIN Rating: 7 of 10Release Date: May 08, 2012Label: Sacred BonesDusty analog synths and lo-fi electronics act as fuzzy earmuffs inside a dark, coldwave industrial…
Melissa Giannini / May 9, 2012

Ra Ra Riot Shake Things Up On New Album

Even during the raucous college-party days of their birth in 2006 in Syracuse, New York, Ra Ra Riot has always folded heartrending strings and…
Melissa Giannini / May 3, 2012

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