Stereogum: "Deconstructing: The OC and Indie Rock Gentrification"

The following was originally published on Stereogum on August 5, 2013: "Ten years ago today, five words forever changed the nebulous concept known as indie rock: “Welcome to the O.C., bitch.” That dialogue was in the pilot of Fox’s teen soap opera The O.C., but you already knew that. The fact that it’s virtually impossible to imagine a reader of this website who isn’t aware of the show underlines the noti...

07 Aug 4:23 PM 0 Read More...

Five Shows You Should See Before Summer is Over

Summer is coming to close, meaning that now is the time to go to as many shows as possible. Here are five shows that you should see before the semester starts again on August 26: Psychedelic Light and Sound Festival: Saturday, August 10, Larimer Lounge, 21+. Psychedelic Light & Sound has spent the last year dilating minds, uniting souls, and expanding consciousness in Austin, Texas. They are taking their s...

06 Aug 4:02 PM 0 Read More...

This Week's Featured Artists

Listen out for this week's featured artists: Monday: Bauhaus ("Founding fathers of goth rock, driven by moody post-punk dynamics and jagged guitar chords, plus the manic mysticism of singer Peter Murphy") Tuesday: Le Tigre ("Originally conceived as the live backing band for her Julie Ruin solo project, Bikini Kill founder and quintessential riot grrrl Kathleen Hanna formed Le Tigre, another bold, feminist-orie...

04 Aug 3:35 PM 0 Read More...

Lollapalooza 2013 Preview

Lollapalooza kicks off today in Chicago's Grant Park and, like all of the festivals on the circuit this year, the lineup is very promising. Here a few of the bigger-name bands that we wish we were seeing this weekend with their official bios and my personal commentary: New Order:    NEW ORDER formed in 1980 out of the ashes of the now legendary Manchester band Joy Division. After the tragic death...

02 Aug 2:13 PM 0 Read More...

Fuck Buttons - "Slow Focus"

If anything could mark the trends we’ve seen in music throughout the 21st century, it would be the rise of electronica, and an increasing obsession with sonic intensity. Though many artists use these qualities purely for the purpose of moving bodies, Bristol’s Fuck Buttons have something far more complex in mind. By using house music as a jumping off point for their noisier experiments, Fuck Buttons have created ...

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