Spencer Kornhaber

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Man Man, ‘Life Fantastic’ (Anti-)

Beneath his band's blizzards of ragtime rhythms, tropical melodic bleats, and Fenway Park organ lines, Man Man frontman Honus Honus has always babbled and grunted…
Spencer Kornhaber / May 10, 2011

Liturgy, ‘Aesthethica’ (Thrill Jockey)

Per the Greek root word of their second album's title, these Brooklyn black-metal theorists value beauty -- heaving, obsidian, tonsil-ripping beauty. On the a cappella,…
Spencer Kornhaber / May 10, 2011

‘Community’ Star Donald Glover Talks Hip-Hop

With his sitcom stardom and his Wu-Tang name-generator handle, Donald Glover knows people may have a hard time taking his rap alter ego Childish Gambino…
Spencer Kornhaber / April 12, 2011

The Joy Formidable, ‘The Big Roar’ (Atlantic)

As if the size-related descriptions of 2006's mighty-sounding mini-album A Balloon Called Moaning weren't enough, this trio blows out 2009 single "Whirring" to nearly seven…
Spencer Kornhaber / March 15, 2011

The Rural Alberta Advantage, ‘Departing’ (Saddle Creek)

It's intriguing when Jeff Mangum sound-alike Nils Edenloff opens his art-folk band's scrappy yet diverse second album with a promise to hold on so tight…
Spencer Kornhaber / March 1, 2011

Acrylics, ‘Lives and Treasure’ (Friendly Fire / Hot Sand)

Like their sonic stepcousins Stars and Headlights, this breathy, '80s-loving boy-girl duo are not only attentive to the spoils of love, but also to its…
Spencer Kornhaber / March 1, 2011

Danielson, ‘Best of Gloucester County’ (Sounds Familyre)

When squeaky-voiced savant Daniel C. Smith begins his jubilantly diverse eighth album by announcing that he's "opening up the Book of Daniel," it's more of…
Spencer Kornhaber / February 22, 2011

Discodeine, ‘Discodeine’ (Dirty)

French beatmakers Pilooski and Pentile have courted indie-rock acceptance by remixing LCD Soundsystem and Tame Impala, but compared to the crossover attempts of their DJ-duo…
Spencer Kornhaber / February 22, 2011

Arbouretum, ‘The Gathering’ (Thrill Jockey)

Indie rockers deepen their commitment to stoner metal, get inspired by Carl Jung, and pen lyrics about swashbuckling travelers and the risen dead? The Gathering…
Spencer Kornhaber / February 15, 2011

The Go! Team, ‘Rolling Blackouts’ (Memphis Industries)

If the Go! Team didn't predate chillwave, they would have led the backlash against it. While fashion calls for smearing Ren & Stimpy-era nostalgia with…
Spencer Kornhaber / February 1, 2011

Chikita Violenta, ‘Tre3s’ (Arts & Crafts)

This Mexican quartet's third release suggests a largely untapped indie-rock revenue stream: franchising Broken Social Scene's sound to a variety of North American markets. Producer…
Spencer Kornhaber / January 25, 2011

Monotonix, ‘Not Yet’ (Drag City)

Midway through one of Monotonix's turbulent performances, you might find yourself spritzed by chest-hair sweat and gaping at a drum set perched on top of…
Spencer Kornhaber / January 25, 2011

Deerhoof, ‘Deerhoof vs. Evil’ (Polyvinyl)

With an adversarial album title and lyrics sprinkled with wartime imagery, the 11th record from these Bay Area artistes seems inspired by global conflict. But…
Spencer Kornhaber / January 25, 2011

Braids, ‘Native Speaker’ (Kanine)

It's fitting that burbling -- either of a brook or of a bong -- opens this Canadian quartet's debut, which pairs glimmering, pastoral post-rock with…
Spencer Kornhaber / January 18, 2011

British Sea Power, ‘Valhalla Dancehall’ (Beggars)

Even before choosing a mission overstatement as the title of 2008's Do You Like Rock Music? these Scots were ambitious omnivores, pilfering from various guitar-group…
Spencer Kornhaber / January 11, 2011

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