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Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Only Run

Clap Your Hands Say Yeah – Only Run

I am good in a fight, where the enemy is clear, the odds read panic, insurmountable and it’s kill or get fucked or, worse yet, forgotten. I’ve been told it’s the Irish in me or the Mexican, maybe. I can’t really remember and wouldn’t dare say at the risk of...

By Charles
Governors Ball 2014 – Melissa in the Masses (a pictorial)

Governors Ball 2014 – Melissa in the Masses (a pictorial)

Ed. Note: Sometimes Charles is best kept supervised and sometimes festivals aren’t just about heavily-corrected prosumer black and white images of bands on paid holiday (righteous as they may be) which is why, for a second straight year, we asked Ms. Melissa to jump into the throng of Governors Ball...

By eds.
Spanish Gold – Clear Plastic Masks @ The Parish 6.19.14

Spanish Gold – Clear Plastic Masks @ The Parish 6.19.14

Photos by Maggie Boyd // Maggie Boyd Photography Ed Note: Still riding the high from their network television debut on the “Late Show with David Letterman”, Spanish Gold found themselves at The Parish in Austin bringing their unexpected blend of throwback soul and Golden age hip-hop to the blue dot in the...

By Maggie Boyd
Giveaway! Devo @ The Wiltern 6/29/14

Giveaway! Devo @ The Wiltern 6/29/14

It’s a rare opportunity when you have a chance to see one of the best bands of all time. It’s an even rarer occasion that I get to use a phrase like the best band of all time with zero hyperbole. It’s an inconceivably rare occurrence when you have a chance...

By eds.
Governors Ball 2014 – The Scattered Band Rehash

Governors Ball 2014 – The Scattered Band Rehash

I don’t know, yet that I will spend tomorrow cleaning the blood out of piss or looking intently at X-Rays of dog shit (literally) with a baby-faced DVM while my Girleth Ann whimpers and writhes with her rash and impatience. I have no idea that my loose interpretations of Per...

By Charles
Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

The obvious comparison is, of course, Pavement, so I’ll get that out of the way. That same slacker-rock vibe, the meandering guitar lines and disregard for noise, the occasional talk-singing in the vocals. Plus they’re both named after ground coverings. That influence is certainly present on Sunbathing Animal, but a...

By Caroline Mills
Trash Talk – No Peace

Trash Talk – No Peace

Let me tell you straight up that there are pretty good odds against you liking one minute of No Peace (unless, of course, you count the bookended minutes provided by The Alchemist and you’ve got a taste for grimy avant hip hop producers). It is a brash and plodding effort...

By Charles
WATCH! The Retrofit of Future Kink in Got a Girl’s “Did We Live Too Fast”

WATCH! The Retrofit of Future Kink in Got a Girl’s “Did We Live Too Fast”

So, remember when Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World came out and you decided Michael Cera was just the worst kind of person (even before the moustache) because you really believed him to be that mealy-dicked bass player who got to win the affection of Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s damage girl through...

By PPM News
Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything

Elbow – The Take Off and Landing of Everything

So this is sad bastard music. It isn’t, however, sad bastard music that hasn’t paid its dues. From the first track, you can tell these guys are veterans: they’ve got the balls to open with a 7+ minute pseudo-lullaby, and the skills for it to work. Rather than hooking you,...

By Caroline Mills
Tijuana Panthers @ The Roxy – 6.3.14

Tijuana Panthers @ The Roxy – 6.3.14

All photos by Ben Irwin. Ed. Note: It’s been a good, looooong minute since we first met the Tijuana Panthers in the sunny succotash back alley of a ramrod-running nogoodnik juke joint swapping illicit wills for Jan and Dean virgin vinyl singles (LA is a weird place, man) and in...

By Big Ben
WATCH! a Series of Perfect (Nude) Humans Unwrap to Madness in clipping.’s “Body and Blood”

WATCH! a Series of Perfect (Nude) Humans Unwrap to Madness in clipping.’s “Body and Blood”

NSFW. NSFW. NSFW. Now that’s out of the way and the kids are off the reservations hopping Molly or whatever in the fuck the kids do these days, us adults can sit and view this fucking TREMENDOUS new clip from clipping., “Body and Blood” off of their Sub Pop debut...

By PPM News
Real Estate – Atlas

Real Estate – Atlas

I spent my senior year in college writing a thesis on cartography and identity in literature — poring over endless books and articles and maps, trying to articulate the way that the maps we create for ourselves often end up serving as maps of ourselves. I ended up with a...

By Caroline Mills