The Genius of The Velvet Underground & Nico: Artists Reveal Their Favorite Aspects of the Classic Album

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Dusting ‘Em Off is a rotating, free-form feature that revisits a classic album, film, or moment in pop-culture history. This week, Collin Brennan asks contemporary artists about the timeless appeal of The Velvet Underground’s debut. If The Velvet Underground & Nico taught us anything, it’s that perfection in rock and roll is actually the inverse of perfection. There are no …

Pile premiere their new album, A Hairshirt of Purpose: Stream

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Photo by Elisabeth Fuchsia Boston favorites Pile will release A Hairshirt of Purpose, their fifth album in 10 years of existence, on March 31st via Exploding in Sound. Like each of their previous efforts — including 2015’s You’re Better Than This — the new record finds the band evolving beyond the expectations of what came before as they toy with the high and lows of indie, post-punk, …

U2’s American Dream: The Joshua Tree 30 Years Later

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Dusting ‘Em Off is a rotating, free-form feature that revisits a classic album, film, or moment in pop-culture history. This week, Collin Brennan reflects on how America looked through the eyes of a young Irish rock band called U2. Drive two and a half hours east of downtown Los Angeles, through a series of smog-choked suburban communities collectively known as …

The Octopus Project premiere raucous new song “Cuidate” — listen

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Photo by Michael Thad Carter The Octopus Project have been keeping Austin weird for the last 15 years. Though always maintaining high energy and partying vibes, the band have constantly found new expressions for their avant-pop sounds. Sometimes it’s been experimental orchestras (2010’s Hexadecagon), while other times it’s been joyous bursts of electronic playfulness (2013’s Fever Forms). Their latest effort, Memory Mirror, takes the …

Lightning Crashes: Live on Reuniting, Burying the Hatchet, and Throwing Copper

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The story of Live reads like the rock ‘n’ roll fantasy parents tell their children is “unrealistic”: A group of childhood friends from York, Pennsylvania, pursue their musical ambitions without any real illusion that it might result in selling, say, eight million copies of an album. But that’s what really happened when the band’s third album, Throwing Copper, became an alternative …

Ampwrecked 11: New Bands For Your Ears

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 Mastodon – Show Yourself (Reprise) I don’t know about you, but I love that Brann Dailor is slowly becoming the frontman of Mastodon. Okay, so he’s not really, but ever since he started singing from Crack The Skye onwards, I’ve found their stuff utterly terrific. Remission/Leviathan purists are going to HATE this then, but fuck ’em, because Show Yourself, is …

Television’s Marquee Moon at 40: The Story of a Band, City, and Guitar Rock Masterpiece

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If ever a band was a product of a particular time and place, it’s Television. If ever there was a record indebted to that same time and place, it’s Marquee Moon. The guitar rock masterpiece, which married artful technicality with the menace and energy of New York’s then-nascent punk scene, took rock and roll into arenas that had not yet been named …

Dave Davies and his son Russ collaborate on reflective new track “Path Is Long” — listen

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Photo by Al Pereira Dave Davies certainly doesn’t have to put any more music out into the world to secure his status as one of rock and roll’s true living legends. The former lead guitarist of The Kinks changed the game when he first sliced his amp speaker with a razor blade, and his crunchy riffs have inspired punk and …

Jimmy Eat World announce North American tour dates with Beach Slang

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Photo by Philip Cosores Jimmy Eat World have a jam-packed tour schedule lined up in support of their latest album, Integrity Blues. Of particular note is a North American leg alongside Philly punk outfit Beach Slang, who recently put out their own excellent LP in A Loud Bash of Teenage Feelings. Spanning the months of April and May, the docket includes stops in Las Vegas, …

Beach Slang cover The Jesus and Mary Chain’s “Sometimes Always” — listen

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Photo by Charlie Lowe When Beach Slang came together some four years ago in Philadelphia, they looked to The Replacements and The Jesus and Mary Chain for inspiration. The punk outfit has since paid tribute to the former, covering the Mats’ “Bastards of Young”, “Can’t Hardly Wait”, and even the entirety of Pleased to Meet Me.  This week, as part of their …