Author: Mikael Wood

  • Sound Lab

    This fall, the adventurous Chicago-based indie label Thrill Jockey is celebrating its 20th anniversary, and to mark the occasion, it’s presenting a series of all-star 
concerts in cities across the United States. Here in New York, we’ll get two shows, with many of the label’s heavy-hitters due at Webster Hall tonight, including its flagship post-rock […]

  • Spellbound

    Devoted goth heads are sure to be planning their weekend around Saturday’s Beacon Theatre concert by the Finnish metal band Nightwish. But lovers of spooky sonics should consider a mid-week rendezvous tonight with Toronto’s Austra, who conjure an equally creepy atmosphere without the help of big, bloodthirsty guitars; last year’s Feel It Break often limits […]

  • Papa M

    Dave Pajo was last seen around these parts holding down Carlos D’s old bass-player spot in Interpol. But now the former Slint/Tortoise/Zwan polymath is touring as Papa M, the solo guise under which he made some beautiful late-’90s/early-’00s post-rock records. Live from a Shark Cage is especially lovely; ask nicely for its “Roadrunner” tonight. Sun., […]

  • The Vaccines

    These bratty London rockers have a new album due out in the States early next month, and to soften the ground ahead of its release they’re hitting New York and Los Angeles for a series of small-venue media-capital gigs sure to attract all the right tastemakers. Record’s called Come of Age, which you know is […]

  • A NEW GROOVE

    Onetime critical darlings whose 2010 Odd Blood finished in the top 50 of that year’s Pazz & Jop poll, Yeasayer’s just-released Fragrant World has gone over rather less well with the indie-scene sentinels at Pitchfork (“unremarkable”) and SPIN (“unsatisfying”). Sounds like one of the year’s sweeter groove records to my ears, especially when Chris Keating […]

  • RECKLESS ABANDON

    Despite its more emphatic title, Icona Pop’s “I Love It” isn’t quite as thrilling as Enrique Iglesias’s “I Like It.” (For one thing, the former lacks Pitbull.) But it comes pretty close! Produced by Robyn collaborator Patrik Berger and written by English electro-pop lass Charli XCX, “I Love It”—the lead single from a major-label debut […]

  • Alt-J

    These buzzy English indie dudes just played Glasslands in Brooklyn last month, but this week they’re back for a sold-out Bowery Ballroom gig that’ll kick off a month-long North American tour in support of their debut album, An Awesome Wave. Is it awesome? It is if you really miss the Beta Band. With JBM. Wed., […]

  • Anthony Hamilton+Estelle

    Last year this North Carolina neo-soul crooner released the strongest album in a career of very strong albums. So far, though, Back to Love has failed to elevate Hamilton to the r&b A-list on which he belongs. Check him out tonight to see what a shame that is. With Estelle, whose All of Me hasn’t […]

  • Florence and the Machine

    You’re more or less guaranteed a rousing experience with Florence Welch and her disco-gospel Machine. But expect to throw your hands in the air just a little more exuberantly tonight if the U.K. siren does her new Calvin Harris remix of “Spectrum,” from last year’s Ceremonials. It’s a pounding electro-house banger about how she found […]

  • ENTER THE VASELINES

    Nothing on the Vaselines’ 2010 reunion 
album, Sex With an X, quite merits inclusion in a songbook perfectly presented two decades ago by Sub Pop’s The Way of the Vaselines. (One possible exception? “Overweight but Over You.”) Yet Eugene Kelly and Frances McKee—who formed this Scottish indie-pop outfit in 1986 and promptly broke up four […]

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