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2010 Stories by Jeff Gage

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  • Dada Trash Collage

    published November 3, 2010

    There are a number of influences rippling through Dada Trash Collage's abstract pop, from the Beach Boys to the Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev. Of... More >>

  • Lookbook

    published June 9, 2010

    Their lush synth swells and syncopated rhythms may fit the template of new-wave nostalgia currently en vogue, but Lookbook's slyly sexy electro... More >>

  • Dark Dark Dark

    published May 12, 2010

    Minneapolis's very own music collective, Dark Dark Dark — with members hailing from as far off as New York and New Orleans — forgo... More >>

  • The Apples in Stereo

    published April 28, 2010

    Sunny psych-pop indie stalwarts the Apples in Stereo started off as one of the leading lights in the famed Elephant 6 recording collective, which... More >>

  • No Bird Sing

    published April 28, 2010

    For listeners taking in the menacing groove and Eric Blair's liquid flow, it's easy to overlook an important component of No Bird Sing's music:... More >>

  • Los Campesinos

    published April 28, 2010

    Wales seven-piece Los Campesinos! jam-pack about as much youthful exuberance as you can imagine into their shambling indie rock. Shouting more... More >>

  • Amos Lee

    published April 28, 2010

    Mixing together R&B and folk influences, former elementary school teacher Amos Lee has a soulful voice and plaintive songwriting style that... More >>

  • Lookbook

    published April 21, 2010

    Their lush synth swells and syncopated rhythms may fit the template of new-wave nostalgia currently en vogue, but Lookbook's slyly sexy electro... More >>

  • Yeasayer

    published April 21, 2010

    Back in 2007, Yeasayer burst out of Brooklyn with their debut LP, All Hour Cymbals, and instantly became a buzz band among bloggers... More >>

  • The Magnolias

    published April 21, 2010

    Back in those heady days of the mid-'80s, when the Replacements and Hüsker Dü walked the earth and Twin-Tone Records ruled the roost,... More >>

  • Baby Dee

    published April 14, 2010

    Baby Dee's biography is about as colorful as it gets. A transgender songstress, she has served as a music director for a Catholic church in the... More >>

  • Dark Dark Dark

    published April 14, 2010

    Minneapolis's very own music collective, Dark Dark Dark—with members hailing from as far off as New York and New Orleans—forgo... More >>

  • Julian Casablancas

    published April 7, 2010

    It's hard to believe it was almost 10 years ago that the Strokes dropped Is This It. The band's Lower East Side chic was equally as... More >>

  • Major Lazer

    published April 7, 2010

    Considering the pedigree of Major Lazer's two masterminds, the globetrotting DJs Diplo and Switch, there was really no need to come up with some... More >>

  • Japandroids

    published April 7, 2010

    While it provides a tantalizing jumping-off point, comparing this Vancouver act to art-punks No Age would be all too easy and a little misleading.... More >>

  • The xx, jj

    published April 7, 2010

    Despite only being teenagers at the time, the xx (pictured) demonstrated remarkable maturity and diversity on their self-titled debut last year.... More >>

  • Beach House

    published March 31, 2010

    Virtually from their inception, Baltimore duo Beach House distilled their music into a hazy, shimmering darkness of near-perfection. Like the... More >>

  • Spoon, Deerhunter

    published March 31, 2010

    Hailing from Austin, Texas, and Atlanta, Georgia, respectively, these two bands offer up what promises to be the best double bill to pass through... More >>

  • David Bazan, Headlights

    published March 31, 2010

    David Bazan (pictured) has never been one to shy away from confronting difficult questions about life and spirituality, or from dealing with them... More >>

  • Eliza Blue

    published March 24, 2010

    Eliza Blue's music radiates a rare, ethereal beauty. Her earthy voice is almost inadvertently the dominant component of her songs, its delicacy... More >>

  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

    published March 24, 2010

    When this trio dropped its self-titled debut 10 years ago, their throwback sludge was ahead of its time. With big, swampy guitars, bad-boy... More >>

  • No Bird Sing

    published March 17, 2010

    For listeners taking in the menacing groove and Eric Blair's liquid flow, it's easy to overlook an important component of No Bird Sing's music:... More >>

  • Luke Redfield, Aria Souder

    published March 17, 2010

    Like many great folk singers before him, Luke Redfield (pictured) has adopted the persona of the roving musician to shape his carefully-wrought... More >>

  • Vampire Weekend

    published March 17, 2010

    Ever since their debut album broke two years ago, Brooklyn's Vampire Weekend have proved to be both one of indie music's most popular acts and... More >>

  • The Big Pink

    published March 17, 2010

    The word "subtlety" doesn't really factor into any description of the Big Pink. To begin with, the London duo produces an oversized, forceful... More >>

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