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Mark Mulcahy
The Possum in the Driveway

With reunions by Miracle Legion and Polaris during the past few years, as well as a tribute album featuring such big names as Radiohead and Michael


Of all the bands of the shoegaze era, Slowdive was the one that seemed to never quite live up to its full potential. Sure, records like the band’s sophomore

The Wedding Present
The Bell House, Brooklyn, April 15

There was a period of time around the turn of the last century when the Wedding Present ceased to exist. Sure, frontman David Gedge was still making music

Boss Hog

Boss Hog

It’s been 17 years since Boss Hog put out a record, and although a lot has changed during that time, you might not know it by listening to the new album. Named after a strain of cicada that also only reappears every 17 years, Brood X (In the Red Records) doesn’t sound like the work of a band that’s been lying dormant for nearly two …

The Bats
The Deep Set

In the 35 years since forming in Christchurch, New Zealand, The Bats have become the epitome of consistency. Though albums may not come as quickly at

The Human League
A Very British Synthesizer Group

When thinking of the musical revolution of the mid-70s, we tend to remember the bristling, guitar-led punk coup spearheaded by the

The Feelies

The Feelies

When I last spoke to Feelies guitarist and singer Glenn Mercer and percussionist Dave Weckerman nearly eight years ago, the New Jersey band had just reconvened after a 17-year hiatus. Aside from a gig at the now defunct All Tomorrow’s Parties playing their 1976 debut, Crazy Rhythms, in its entirety, the group had few concrete plans, although they did intend to make a new …

Mark Eitzel
Hey Mr. Ferryman

There are many reasons not to be one of the minority who voted for the Cheeto currently occupying the White House. Besides it being a clear indicator of

Staff Picks of 2016: Stephen Slaybaugh

I’ve already mentioned the many things that made 2016 one of the worst years in a long time—and I didn’t even mention the Cleveland Indians losing the World Series. If you’re like me, music has always been a salvation. One can either lose oneself in visceral energy or somehow ease one’s one pain by listening to similar sentiments expressed in song. I certainly did plenty …

Top 10 Reissues of 2016

White Zombie
It Came from NYC
Numero Group

Vocalist Rob Zombie and bassist Sean Yseult churned through five guitarists and two drummers during the band’s initial four years which are covered on this meticulous (typical of Numero) collection. “Gentleman Junkie” and “Black Friday,” from White Zombie’s debut 7-inch, reveal the first glimmers of the self-aware wink and the head-bang/hip-swivel combo that the band rode …

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