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Video: Beirut – “Vagabond”

Zach Condon’s use of brass and keys can make much of his music seem like a blast from the past, particularly on organic efforts like “Vagabond” and “East Harlem” where natural orchestral-laden inst...

Best Albums of 2011: #50 to #41

...and it begins. The first ten albums are revealed. Check back the rest of the week to see the remaining forty albums.


Obscure Sound: Best of August 2011

Autumn nears and so do my qualms about winter. Needless to say, it always seems like the best music and film arrives during the last one-third of the year. Award considerations aside, one gets the hunch artists want to end the ...

Beirut – The Rip Tide (2011)

Zach Condon makes music that sounds bigger than it truly is. This fact is made apparent throughout The Rip Tide, Beirut’s first new LP in four years. And while the band’s previous works have had a ‘world music’ quality to them,...


Week in Review (1/21)

This is the first of a feature we hope to publish weekly on Fridays or Saturdays. In the midst of full-length features and reviews, topical highlights of the past week or so seem wise to apply. Much like the Best-Of compilation...

Brace for a Soft Landing

Soft Landing remain somewhat elusive, but the members’ experiences are never in question. Frontman Paul Collins is part of the traveling circus that is Beirut. And so is Perrin Cloutier, who Collins recruited just as Soft Landi...


Interview with The New Pornographers

It’s almost dark, and I am sitting in front of the fountain that decorates the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock, NY. Walking towards me is Kathryn Calder and her manager Euvin Weeber. Kathryn is looking like anyone else in...

Sleigh Bells: Destroying Speakers Since 2009

Today, a venerable volcano of lo-fi indie pop/rock has been erupting from the New York scene (see Vivian Girls, Cymbals Eat Guitars, etc.). Sleigh Bells have taken elements of this scene and infused a grandiose sense of noise a...