Stream “Bad Design,” A New Single From San Francisco’s The Mantles, Which Sounds Like Joe Strummer Moonlighting as the Hungover Frontman For An Early, Drunk Version of Green Day [Gorilla vs. Bear]

Watch New York’s Own Ezra Furman and the Harpoons Cover Daniel Johnston’s “Walking the Cow” – Appearance of […]



Danger Mouse (DJ From Gnarls Barkley) and James Mercer (Megalomaniacal Frontman of The Shins) Team Up For New Band, Broken Bells; Debut Released Early Next Year [Pitchfork]

Whoa, British Post-Punk Legends Echo & The Bunnymen Are Playing New York’s Tiny Lower East Side Club the Mercury Lounge On October 17; Tickets […]



The Big Pink To Tour North America [Pitchfork]

Like Peas In A Pod, Peanut Butter and…Jam. The Boys From The Jam Are Friends Again [The Tripwire]

Face Painted Fun? “Relentless Depravity?” Either Way, The Juggalos Are Gathering Once Again [SPIN]

Tenacious D To Replace Beastie Boys, Bring “Earthquake of Rock” To […]

Das Racist, Spanish Prisoners, Soft Black @ Cameo Gallery | 7.12.09

LIVE JOURNAL @ Cameo Gallery July 7, 2009 | Das Racist, Spanish Prisoners, Soft Black

photo by Jeffrey Lenowitz

Sunday night’s show at Cameo Gallery, featuring Soft Black and Das Racist, placed me in Williamsburg during the first true weekend of summer. Brooklynites were swarming on Bedford Avenue, thick with the smell […]

The Shins: Know Your Taco: Part Deux!

TOP DOG It’s been about a month since we last heard from our jilted friend Jesse Sandoval, and his expulsion from the Shins. And for those who found pathos (or at least interest) in his downgrade from the world of indie-rock stardom to the world of street taco vending, we have some good news. An […]

The Shins: Know Your Taco!

TOP DOG In recent news, seminal indie rockers The Shins have broken up… well, not really. The band still exists, but frontman James Mercer has replaced keyboardist Marty Crandall and drummer Jesse Sandoval with Ron Lewis (Grand Archives, Fruit Bats) and Joe Plummer (Modest Mouse), respectively. When questioned on the matter, Mercer explained, “I started […]

James Mercer | The Interview

IN THE TUBE Talk about a good week for me. A recap: first, there’s news of Bowerbirds’ sophomore album Upper Air arriving in July on Dead Oceans; then, a collaborative album between Justin Vernon and Collections of Colonies of Bees, not to mention a promise of new Bon Iver material tossing around inside Vernon’s head; […]



Dirty Projectors On Tour – And a Casette Tape! [Stereogum]

David Byrne Discusses Dark Was the Night Concert and What It Signifies [David Byrne Journal]

Simian Mobile Disco’s New Star-Studded LP [Pitchfork]

Kanye West’s Scandalous, Spot On Take on Lady Gaga’s “Poker Face” [Prefix]

Joe Plummer of Modest Mouse Replaces Jesse […]