Live Reviews

Longwave Rocks Bowery with Unreleased Tunes

Amelia Kreminski :: Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 2:30 pm

I’ve lived in New York City for almost a year, and before last Saturday, I’d never been to a show at the Bowery Ballroom. I also work for a music magazine. I know, I know-it’s terrible. So on Saturday night, I thought I’d check out the indie rock group Longwave and their friends A Million Years.

The show marked the grand finale of a year of heavy touring for Longwave, and in celebration they played what was most likely the longest Longwave show to date, an expansive near two-hour set, with tunes spanning from their first album to their most recent output, Secrets are Sinister. The band also performed many previously unreleased songs and b-side tracks.

But do not fear! If you didn’t make it to the show, you can still hear the songs on their Myspace. From the electro-infused, rollicking indie pop tune “Razor on My Skin” to the mellow acoustic ballad “Everywhere You Turn,” these tracks aren’t something to be missed.

Find out more about Longwave’s upcoming projects, free downloads from their Franz Ferdinand-esque opening band A Million Years, and how to steal The Strokes’ old music gear after the jump. MORE »



The Black Lips, Here They Come Again

Gray Hurlburt :: Friday, November 6th, 2009 1:10 pm

The drug train is leaving the station again! and The Black Lips want everyone that likes their sloppy styles to come aboard. What does this mean? Well, the nefarious band is poised to get back on tour is what it is. They kick it off on the last day of 2009 in their hometown, Atlanta, GA, then steam up the west coast with five more shows in the Golden State, the ostensible pot den of America. But that seems to be all the time they have for us yanks, for they’ll be heading over to the equally indulgent continent of Australia for several other gigs. Dates for The Black Lips provided after the jump. MORE »



Beach House Release Third Album

Amelia Kreminski :: Friday, October 30th, 2009 4:15 pm

Winter weather got you down? Escape to a tropical paradise with Baltimore pop-rockers Beach House. The band first broke into the indie scene in 2006 when Pitchfork named their debut album the sixteenth best release of the year. Their third LP, Teen Dream, will be released on Sub Pop on January 26, 2010. You can listen to it, but you’ll have to log in to your Sub Pop account.

Haven’t heard of Beach House? Check them out! Many have called them “dream pop” and compared the vocals of lead singer Victoria Legrand to Nico’s. And in my opinion, the world can never have enough Nicos.



Bands in Museums

Stephen Blackwell :: Thursday, October 29th, 2009 2:30 pm

It’s become quite the trend for indie bands to perform in museums.

I understand the movement. Creating indie music has become such a bourgeoise, self-important endeavor that the only way to fully embrace its ecstasies is within the hallowed halls of the MoMA or the Guggenheim. Why shouldn’t dissonant, overwrought songs about failed relationships or vague political manifestos hang in the air alongside Lichtenstein and Longo? Or would the reason why a guitar solo is righteously played out of key be better illuminated alongside works of great fiction? Watch out libraries; you’re next.

Anyway, back to museums. Yeasayer at the Guggenheim on Friday 10/30. Fischerspooner at the MoMA this sunday 11/1. Be there or be square.


Issue 22, Magazine

How to Use The New Issue of Death+Taxes

Stephen Blackwell :: Monday, October 19th, 2009 4:41 pm

The next issue of Death+Taxes is on stands now! And it’s a doozy. Not only is it Jay Reatard’s first cover, but the issue has some sweet interactive content waiting for you up in “the cloud.”  To get it, all you’ll need is a cell phone with a camera that can send MMS text messages or e-mail. You got one? Great. Let’s do it. MORE »