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Stories by Matt Zielinski

False Priest

of Montreal’s tenth studio album completes the third installment of an unofficial trilogy highlighting frontman Kevin Barnes's penchant for love, lust, loss, and all the sweat-soaked alleyways in-between. Enlisting producer Jon Brion (Fiona Apple, Kanye ...

Local Natives Visit Dog Beach in O.B.

Wielding acoustic guitars, Local Natives treated O.B.'s dog beach visitors to an impromptu jam session. Those fortunate enough to catch the intimate set found themselves in exclusive company, as finding tickets for the Natives' sold-out ...

Menomena Brings the House Down at Casbah

Portland's Menomena maneuvered through their musical minefield to a capacity crowd at Casbah. Supported by Tu Fawning and Suckers, the trio of multi-instrumentalists/vocalists highlighted material from their acclaimed 2010 release Mines. Band members Danny Seim ...

The Suburbs

Arcade Fire's aptitude for grand motifs accentuates the melancholy of suburban life on their latest. While The Funeral found Win Butler’s band carrying the weight of the world, followed by Neon Bible's introspective attempt to ...

King of the Beach

Noise-pop trio Wavves deshackulates above the critic-infested waters of popular music. “You're never gonna stop me!” resounds San Diego native Nathan Williams on the title track, a single-finger salute to those who dismissed Wavves’ debut ...

Night Work

Here is the perfect soundtrack for your next dark-alley dance party. Flirty, flamboyant, and flagrantly sleazy, Night Work channels the sweat of a thousand dripping discos into a lean 45 minutes of new wave, retro-pop ...

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