The sleek and black-clad duo of The Raveonettes, one of the consistently best live bands that I’ve seen, are back with a new album, Raven in the Grave, to be released April 5 on Vice Records. Singer/guitarist Sharin Foo characterizes the mood of the new album as one of “ethereal defiance”; it’s as good a […]

Ra Ra Riot have confirmed a first string of dates for the new year. The shows will run January 21-27 and take the band up the west coast of the US.  Ra Ra Riot is currently in the midst of a 2010 tour that began with a sold-out four-night stand in New York and will […]

The other night I had my first taste of a “Bee’s Knees,” an old-school cocktail made with lemon, gin, and honey. While a bit reminiscent of cough drops, it also tastes surprisingly good–the tart lemon cuts through the thick honey syrup, while the astringent herbs of the gin leave a lingering sting on your tongue. […]

Ordinarily, I’d be skeptical about any artist’s claim to be “the best live band in the world.” But in the case of the Besnard Lakes, they’re not kidding. Let’s put it this way: Last time I saw them at one of my favorite venues (TT the Bear’s), their set stretched way past curfew, the band […]

School of Seven Bells–who have a habit of choosing great touring companions–are headlining an extensive fall tour, featuring the melancholy choirboy harp-wielding genius Active Child (whose recent EP Curtis Lane is a must-listen). Very, very cool. Active Child – Wilderness from Jheri Evans on Vimeo. School of Seven Bells’ Disconnect from Desire comes out on […]

I love this double bill! At first they might seem very different, but when you think about it, the echoey trance-like softness of Toro Y Moi and the more earthy, rhythm-driven flourishes of Caribou make a perfect juxtaposition. I saw both bands at the Middle East in Boston the other night and it was a […]

On the occasion of the 20th anniversary of their “Bloodletting” album, Concrete Blonde have announced they’re reforming and hitting the road with a set list celebrating the album and their career. Released in 1990, Bloodletting spawned the top 20 hit “Joey,” as well as alt-radio staples “Tomorrow, Wendy”, “Caroline”, and “The Sky Is a Poisonous […]

Montreal musician/self-titled band Patrick Watson—whose clanking, clattering, crooning, unpredictable Wooden Arms was one of my favorite albums from 2009—are heading out on their first US tour for a long time. Catch Watson and his band at the dates below… but why no Boston, hmm, guys? Don’t tell me I’m going to have to go all […]

I have (and I’m sure you have too) heard Joy Division’s “Transmission” covered about a hundred times, but I’ve never heard it quite like this. Watch Girl In A Coma take on this classic song live at Casbeers in San Antonio, Texas this past January. Girl In A Coma’s covers project, “Adventures In Coverland” is […]

Last night I dreamed about watching the Besnard Lakes perform a live concert in a giant underground cave, stalactites dripping from the ceiling. It’s not surprising, I guess, since their towering, cinematic new album The Besnard Lakes are the Roaring Night has been on repeat in my iPod since its release last month. The album […]