Feb 20, 2005

LCD Soundsystem

James Murphy wants it both ways. A walking encyclopedia of the underground scene, he loathes the narcissism and one-upmanship common among record-shop insiders. His NYC label, DFA, produced some of the most infectious dance singles of the decade thus far, yet Murphy turns down ...

Sisters gonna work it out

Feb 16, 2005

Sisters gonna work it out

There was a time when radio in the United States was full of surprises — a time when catchy, clever tunes were just a turn of the dial away. Pop music carried less baggage then, before marketing and demographics moved in and warped station ...

Feb 6, 2005

Death From Above 1979

An elephant in your living room. Ask rhythm and metal duo Death From Above 1979 to describe their music, and that’s a common response. Indeed, the massive sound of their debut LP, “You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine” is sure to scrape the walls ...

Interpol well suited for success after all

Jan 23, 2005

Interpol well suited for success after all

Image isn’t everything. If it was, then the New York four-piece known as Interpol would have already become one of the biggest rock bands on the planet. While their tailored suits and runway-ready haircuts have brought them plenty of press, the band is actually ...

Diplo throws funky DIY marketing into the mix

Jan 16, 2005

Diplo throws funky DIY marketing into the mix

“The goal is to expose the artist.” Wesley Pentz is on the phone from Hawaii, explaining how he publicizes up-and-coming hip-hop talent. “It’s basically putting promotion and marketing in your own hands,” he explains. Contrary to what you may think, Pentz is not a ...

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 ...