by Michael Levine
Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard, a.k.a Dead Can Dance, have reunited for their first album of new material since 1996’s Spiritchaser. 'Anastasis' is a welcome return from one of the most remarkable musical ensembles ever.
If you’re not familiar with these musicians, DCD are renowned for mixing elements of western medieval music, Celtic, world-beat and etherial synth-rock to come up with their own unique mix. As on ... Read More
The three women of the radical Russian protest band Pussy Riot will hear the verdict of their trial on Friday, and we urge you to come out and hear their words on Thursday at a Free Pussy Riot public reading in New York. These women would be imprisoned on charges of "hooliganism" for their church-staged protest of Putin and the Russian government. The women, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, face up to three years in jail, a ... Read More
The name Family Band evokes a large, cheery ensemble, but this duo’s music tends toward foreboding melodies and dark, disillusioned lyrics. Comprised of married couple Kim Krans (an illustrator) and Jonny Ollsin (a one-time heavy metal guitarist), Family Band’s sophomore effort Grace & Lies is full of mystery, terror, and the excavation of painful memories. Opener “Night Song” establishes the album’s tone with bone-chilling ... Read More
Minimalism, thy name is Britt Daniel. The Spoon frontman, already so accomplished at the fine art of paring a song down to its skeleton, has found new ways of establishing understated elegance with his new project Divine Fits. He, Dan Boeckner, and Sam Brown populate the space on the record like fussy interior decorators, seeking an elusive feng shui with perfectly placed stabs of guitar, percussion, and electronics. While the end result is deceptively ... Read More
With a history of live shows that verge on performance art and ceremony, it doesn’t come as a surprise that the upcoming album from Hare Krishna commune-raised sisters of Prince Rama is more than just your regular release. Aware that it’s 2012 and the end is near, the Brooklyn-based duo has appropriately created a faux-cover album of ten fabricated popular bands that died during the apocalypse. Top Ten Hits of the End of the World promises to be a ... Read More