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Mr. Lif

Mr. Lif

The Def Jux family is both formidable and impressive, riding on the backs of true hip-hop artists like Mr. Lif. For the uninitiated, Mr. Lif is one part of The Perceptionists, along with Akrobatik and DJ Fakts One, and just might be the powerhouse of an underrated Boston hip-hop scene. His poetic delivery and precise […]

Piers Faccini

Piers Faccini

As his wanderlust-inspired lyrics suggest, Piers Faccini is the archetypal musical nomad. His Italian heritage, time spent living in London and Paris and travels across the globe give his songs an unmatched musical breadth. For his latest release, the folk-tinged Two Grains of Sand, Faccini shut himself away in a cabin near the home he […]

Ancient Astronauts

Ancient Astronauts

With a release that’s one of my favorite hip-hop products so far this year, the Ancient Astronauts are an act on the rise. The German hip-hop duo collaborated with some heavy hitters on We Are To Answer, including a couple members of The Pharcyde, Raashan Ahmad and Entropik among others, to create a moving, organic, […]

Apostle of Hustle

Apostle of Hustle

After calling most of Canada because of an issue with the phone companies somewhere between Muncie, Ind., and Hamilton, Ontario, I was finally able to speak with Andrew Whiteman, creator of Apostle of Hustle and probably better known as the lead guitarist for Broken Social Scene. Whiteman’s eclectic guitar playing anchors the group as percussionist […]

The Thermals

The Thermals

There is a small brown Chihuahua-like dog sitting on Hutch Harris’ lap when I meet him a few hours before The Thermals show at The Pour House in Charleston, SC. I mistakenly assume that the dog is his because he strikes me as the type of individual — at least on The Thermals’ records — […]

Street Sweeper Social Club

Street Sweeper Social Club

Any other duo would immediately drown under the ridiculous name. After all, a band named Street Sweeper Social Club and implying that they mow down crowds in a similar style to the illegal weapon (a machine gun using shotgun shells) would normally seem they’re compensating for something rather than letting their music truly doing the […]

Marmoset

Marmoset

Their songs are unapologetic, poignant and raw. One minute they could be swooning, the next screaming at the top of their lungs. That’s the sonic signature of Marmoset, the Indianapolis-based three piece bent on making British punk/psychedelic tunes as short as they are sweet. The band, often sounding like their New York counterparts Pavement, promises […]

The Bitter Tears

The Bitter Tears

Music has a variety of purposes in our lives, from soundtracking the daily routine to becoming our inspiration for something greater. But regardless, the best of music creates a reaction within us- anger, happiness, excitement, sorrow. This is the type of music that Chicago indie band The Bitter Tears are striving to create. It’s a […]

The Champion & His Burning Flame

The Champion & His Burning Flame

Dave Arnold is in a band, a band with a great name. He is a member of the Nashville-based quartet The Champion and His Burning Flame. And, while the name alone might be enough to catch someone’s attention, the band’s music — a blend of breathy Elliot Smith inspired vocals, contemplative lyrics, and dynamic acoustic […]

Internal Debate: Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest

Internal Debate: Grizzly Bear, Veckatimest

From one Staff Writer calling it the strongest contender for Album of the Year to another calling it lukewarm at best, Grizzly Bear’s latest, Veckatimest, has people talking and serves as a prime example of why Internal Debate is necessary. The Stereo Subversion series has looked at several albums – from The Decemberists’ Hazards of […]