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The Soft Moon

Since The Soft Moon’s 2010 self-titled debut, Luis Vasquez has been creating dark electronic records as a one-man post-punk outfit. In the intervening years,

Staff Picks of 2016: Josie Rubio

Some people may be tired of hearing about how terrible 2016 was, but I don’t really care. It was not only bad on a global level; for me, it started with cancer and a major surgery, ended with cancer and chemo, and was punctuated by two pet deaths and some illnesses along the way. Thankfully, there were many musical highlights as bright spots. Of course, …

18 and Life on Skid Row
by Sebastian Bach

Sebastian Bach is, first and foremost, an entertainer. Whether singing with Skid Row, playing Gil on Gilmore Girls, starring in reality TV shows like VH1’s

Nouvelle Vague
I Could Be Happy

It’s been 12 years since French production duo Marc Collins and Olivier Libaux first partnered with a handful of vocalists under the name of Nouvelle

Staff Picks of 2015: Josie Rubio

Top 10 Albums

10. Bristol, Bristol (Kwaidan Records)
While the rampant ’90s musical nostalgia this year has mostly been grunge- and indie-focused, Marc Collin turned to trip-hop. Collin—the man behind Nouvelle Vague, which gave us brilliant French-accented bossanova covers of new wave, punk, and post-punk classics by Joy Division, Echo and the Bunnymen, Buzzcocks, and Blondie, among others—now has created Bristol to give the ’60s …

Staff Picks of 2014: Josie Rubio

This year wasn’t a personal best: much of the earlier part of the year was spent in and out of the hospital for cancer treatment, including a month-long stay for a stem cell transplant. While I was there, a friend sent me a mix CD. Listening to that was like a breath of fresh air into my sterile hospital room, and I remembered what life …

Skinny Puppy
Best Buy Theater, New York, December 2

Before Skinny Puppy took the stage at Best Buy Theater last week, people in hazmat suits—looking like extras from Breaking Bad

The Pop Group
We Are Time and Cabinet of Curiosities

Before Shazam, which has never worked for me, and Siri, people used to regularly serenade record store employees with off-key

Dancing with Myself
by Billy Idol

Billy Idol’s name conjures the sneer, the shock of blonde hair, the leather, and, of course, his trademark rebel yell. Dancing with Myself, his

Parquet Courts
Sunbathing Animal

Last year’s Light Up Gold from Brooklyn foursome Parquet Courts made them critics’ darlings, drawing comparisons to Pavement and praise for the band’s

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