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Dead Kennedys walking

East Bay Ray defends a punk-rock legacy
"Every artist is a business." If you're a fan of the legendary and incendiary punk band Dead Kennedys, you'd probably be dismayed to hear those words exit the lips of guitarist and band co-founder Ray Pepperell, a/k/a East Bay Ray.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 08, 2010

Transcript: The Phoenix interviews M.I.A.

In September 2004, Diplo still had to explain who M.I.A. was.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 06, 2010


Interview: Constantine Maroulis

On cracking Rock of Ages
There once was a time when the anthemic earnestness of '80s hard rock was considered giggle-worthy, and keeping a straight face while listening to self-helpy bombast ballads like "Don't Stop Believin' " and "Here I Go Again" was possible only with several veneers of snarky irony.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 30, 2010


Nachtmystium: black-metal psych-out

Night terror
“Psychedelic black metal” is a tag that Chi-town black-metal stalwarts Nachtmystium started to hear around 2006, when they released Instinct: Decay .
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 14, 2010


Fall National Pop Preview: The golden age

The industry is dead, but the music lives on
Okay, so the album is dead, the music industry is dead, rock is dead, and the Library of Alexandria you have stored on your C drive has killed 150 years of recorded music culture.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 20, 2010


Of Montreal exposed

Kevin Barnes flashes his indie-rock cred
"I've always been drawn to a density of ideas," states Kevin Barnes, plaintively.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 07, 2010


A Steve Albini vitriol sampler

The Steve Albini of today is a relatively jovial figure: hard-working, straight-talking, practical — but with the contented air of one who's been able to find his own way in a tricky field.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 31, 2010


Shellac's Steve Albini sets his own sonic pace

Pure audiogasm
"It seems, in a sense, like we can get away with murder." I'm talking on the phone with Steve Albini as he relaxes during a rare respite from his engineering duties at the studio he owns and operates, Chicago's Electrical Audio, and he's describing how things operate with Shellac.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 31, 2010


Street-walkin’ cheetah

The Raw Power of the Stooges’ James Williamson
It’s hard to fathom now, when their music has achieved such godhead status, but in 1971, Ann Arbor’s legendary Stooges had dissolved in ignominy, dropped by Elektra after the seemingly indulgent commercial failure that was 1970’s howling  Fun House .
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 29, 2010


Getting into the mix

Three more that fans want raw
Raw Power is viewed by many as one of the all-time great rock albums — but its hyper-trebly, David Bowie–mixed brittleness has been almost as infamous as the musical mayhem on the wax.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 24, 2010


Katy Perry | Teenage Dream

Capitol (2010)
Contrary to common perception, there are only two genres of popular music: music written and performed by teenagers, and music written and performed by people trying to remember what being a teenager was like.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 24, 2010


Danse macabre

Crystal Castles toughen up synth-pop
"With our songs, with our band, we're always really selfish."
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 15, 2010


Endless Boogie | Full House Head

No Quarter Records (2010)
Most bands go through a period of refinement, where the loose-jamming phase gives way to taut compaction. But what if a band's loose jamming is also tight and dynamic — does that mean that said band can stay in the shed forever?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 05, 2010


Interview: Andy Butler of Hercules and Love Affair

On wanting the song, not just the sound
Making dance music that's fun is serious business — especially if you make it your life's work, like Andy Butler, main man/svengali behind Hercules and Love Affair.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 29, 2010


Faux rock

The pleasures of pop artifice
Are Die Antwoord a "fake band"? If they were, they'd be the latest in a long line from the Archies to Spinal Tap to the Dukes of Stratosphear.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 20, 2010


Early Man | Death Potion

The End (2010)
Metal is a tough game: for all the talk about ferocity and velocity, success is often predicated on timing alone.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 20, 2010


Enter Die Antwoord

The rap on a South African phenomenon
Die Antwoord have hit the sweet spot.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 21, 2010


By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 13, 2010


These United States
These United States
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 13, 2010


Giant Cloud
Giant Cloud
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 13, 2010


By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 13, 2010

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