The Faint

Jan 9, 2005

The Faint

Todd Baechle needs help. Ever since his band, The Faint, ditched lo-fi guitars for synths and strobes, his lyrics have spiraled into misanthropic tales of paranoia and sexual frustration. The Faint’s particularly long and difficult gestation period may be to blame. After 10 years ...

Rock 'n' roll that survived the trip

Dec 19, 2004

Rock 'n' roll that survived the trip

By the time the term “cover song” entered the English lexicon in the mid-1960s, the practice of one artist playing the work of another was as ubiquitous on the pop charts as it was onstage. Some covers were respectful tributes, others opportunistic rip-offs. Another ...

Kodo

Nov 7, 2004

Kodo

Taiko ensemble, Kodo, know how to take the show on the road: according to their newsletter, the troupe has performed over 2,600 concerts in 42 countries since their 1981 debut (do the math). A wellspring of fresh ideas and aspiring young talent help explain ...

You put a spell on us

Oct 24, 2004

You put a spell on us

“Earnest, to me, is a bad word.” Dean Wareham is reclining on a cream-colored couch in the offices of P-Vine, his Japanese record label, looking over a list of adjectives a popular Web site uses to describe his band, Luna. Curious, amused and slightly ...

Howl of Los Lobos stronger than ever

Sep 26, 2004

Howl of Los Lobos stronger than ever

For 30 years, East L.A.’s Los Lobos has made a habit of crossing borders. One look through their discography reveals the Latin rock quintet’s frequent movement between Mexican folk and American R&B, with regular stops along the Mississippi for funk and blues. Recent albums ...

Shaking it up on Sado

Sep 1, 2004

Shaking it up on Sado

SADO ISLAND, Niigata Pref. — Step one: right leg forward, left leg back. Step two: arms extended, chest out. Step three: shake all you got. Not exactly the kind of instruction usually heard in junior high school gymnasiums on Japan’s remote Sado Island, but ...

Think of One

Aug 29, 2004

Think of One

Music and travel may be hobbies for most folks, but Belgian world-rock fusionists, Think of One, consider the two more than mere avocation. More mobile, multilingual and gregarious than a carnival sideshow, To1 have turned globetrotting into a full-time gig. Their journeys in Morroco ...

Aug 15, 2004

Recorded: Rogue Wave: "Out of the Shadow"

Rogue Wave”Out of the Shadow” (Subpop) Indie-pop outfit, Rogue Wave, should consider themselves lucky. Ever since the Subpop label re-released their overlooked debut, Out of the Shadow, the gushing reviews keep pouring forth. Critics compare them to everyone from the Beach Boys to Elliot ...

Gerling: 'Bad Blood!!!'

Jul 25, 2004

Gerling: "Bad Blood!!!"

Aussie electro-punks Gerling want it both ways: hardcore’s caustic snarl with the insistent thump of disco and house. Fans of dance-punk darlings The Rapture and !!! may consider this opportunistic, but the Sydney trio have crossbred both genres for years. Their eclectic third LP, ...

Shake it, baby, shake it

Jul 21, 2004

Shake it, baby, shake it

It’s not just about mosh pits and busted lips: Both Summer Sonic and Fuji Rock have plenty of rump-bouncing beats on offer. In fact, the dance-oriented acts in this year’s lineups are as diverse as ever. Here are a few of the best places ...