Caribou asserts latest album is 'uniquely mine'

Jun 25, 2010

Caribou asserts latest album is 'uniquely mine'

Daniel Snaith is a remarkable individual. Not just because of his astounding, cerebral, diacritic music that, nearly a decade and five albums later, is seeping into the minds of people searching for, as one recent reviewer put it, “electronics for grownups.” The amiable, unassuming ...

The Drums

Jun 11, 2010

The Drums

Leading the way for a generation of American groups that are more indebted to the sounds of the U.K. than anything on their own doorstep, The Drums arrive for their first Japanese tour riding on a wave of incessant hype. The Florida-born, Brooklyn-based four-piece ...

Mika

Jun 4, 2010

Mika

Even in an age where Lady Gaga’s flamboyant extravagance has made all her contemporaries seem dull and plaid, it is fair to say Michael “Mika” Penniman is not your average pop star. Mika may ply his trade in self-penned bombastic, bolder-than-brash, more giddy-than-a-child-at- Christmas ...

Sober approach pays dividends for these puritans

May 28, 2010

Sober approach pays dividends for these puritans

Jack Barnett, the scrawny, intense singer/songwriter with English post-art rockers These New Puritans, is stood on a rest area off a German autobahn on his way to Freiburg. This can be an unedifying business at the best of times, but the banality of the ...

Julian's stroke of genius

| May 7, 2010

Julian's stroke of genius

Fresh off the stage in Denver, Colorado, Julian Casablancas is contemplating the cyclical nature of his forthcoming Japanese shows. The release of his solo album “Phrazes for the Young,” subsequent tour and news of The Strokes’ recent reconciliation have ensured that the next six ...

Isolation brings The xx out to the world

May 7, 2010

Isolation brings The xx out to the world

LIVERPOOL, England — Every so often a band arrives, seemingly from nowhere, out of left field and fully-formed, with a sound, image and narrative so flawlessly off-kilter that once discovered, you wonder how you ever did without them. Over the last 12 months, The ...

Delphic

Mar 26, 2010

Delphic

famous Tony Wilson inspired Hacienda, Delphic are the latest off the conveyor belt of Manchester groups. Heralded by many as the antidote to much of the “landfill indie” which has stifled the city, Delphic have been seen as the leaders in a new wave ...

Phoenix fired up for Japan

| Feb 12, 2010

Phoenix fired up for Japan

“If I knew the answer to that, I would have done it earlier,” jokes Thomas Mars, singer with French electro- poppers Phoenix, when asked how his band of perennially stylish underachievers has been transformed into a mainstream, gloriously out-of-place Grammy winning act of the ...

Florence and the Machine

Jan 29, 2010

Florence and the Machine

If 2009 was billed as the year of the girls, then Florence Welch was undoubtedly the eccentric, free-spirit-made-good. Whereas La Roux, Little Boots and many of the other female singers Florence is often grouped with are happy to play pure pop, the leader of ...

Arctic Monkeys 'Humbug'

Aug 28, 2009

Arctic Monkeys "Humbug"

Hard to believe, but it is nearly four years since Arctic Monkeys were a precociously talented teenage quartet on the cusp of releasing the fastest selling U.K. debut album in history, “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.” Having effortlessly negotiated 2007′s ...