Past Stories

Band of the Week

Against Me, at its earliest inception, was easily accessible, lo-fi, and surprisingly subversive and relevant. They single-handedly broke down the conventions of a genre and gave new life and creative energy to punk, which had ...


Band of the Week

Most two-piece bands aren’t worth a mention. Not because they lack talent, but because they blend in with the miasma of other two-piece bands. With the exception of a handful of notables, it’s a style oversaturated ...


Band of the Week

Apparently for City of Monstrocity, living in Ontario is a bitch. But they think their brand of modern rock—the type that recalls Maynard James Keenan’s progressive metal projects, is worth your time anyway. Singing...



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A lot of bands go for the cute angle when trying to market their sound. Manufactured rockers Cute Is What We Aim For are a perfect, ironic example. Good Charlotte and the cadre of other prefab pseudo-punk acts are another…


Band of the Week

So you’re impressed by your friends who can pull off the furious pseudo-fretwork of the “Free Bird” solo on Guitar Hero, but you’re still conflicted as to how cool it is? Sure, it seems really awesome wh...


Band of the Week

Vernon Falls Off a Building are a fairly anomalous bunch. While their live sets usually present a kinky, ambitious sort of space-rock, as a rule, they write whatever they feel like writing–jagged nu-prog, wispy ballads, d...



Band of the Week

Beginning in 1950, Joseph McCarthy began his reign of progressive idea-squashing by going after communist sympathizers in the government and, more aggressively, in artistic circles that were demonized by McCarthy as "anarc...


Band of the Week

The scotching interior of the IE needs another indie-pop act like it needs more strip malls, Wal-Marts and restaurants that close before 10pm. Tracks Like Trains, however, prove that their might just be room for one more. The b...


Band of the Week

It’s the damndest thing–how does a band like Genghis Con-Job find one another? The stars have to align pretty scarily–like the bacterium that aligns to make typhoid fever– for four ovoid slabs of menace ...



Band of the Week

As Woody Allen once said of his very New York relationship with the great outdoors—"me and nature are two"—so has electronic music been an artificiality just too cold for the more organic among us to warm ...


Band of the Week

First there was electro, the early prodigal offspring of new wave, punk, hip hop and funk which spun off from the rest in the late ’70s on the soaring synths of breakthrough acts like Kraftwerk–quite possibly the mo...