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Despite a stripped-down setup of just acoustic guitar and drums, this Bay Area duo hits with a full-band force that's even more pronounced in their astounding live sets.  Visiter, their Frenchkiss Records debut, has garnered comparisons Animal Collective and new-primitivist bands like High Places and Yeasayer, but here, addictive hooks lurk beneath the rhymthic surface, resulting in one of the most welcoming (and welcome) records of 2008 so far. [Ian Cohen]

Fuck Buttons:
Street Horrrsing

Fuck Buttons came together in 2004 to create pain-inducing noise music, but soon became curious about mixing in prettier sounds, adding structure and melody to their brutal tracks. As a result, their debut LP is surprisingly welcoming-- for noise, anyway-- with a mix of dreamy melody and abrasive climax that evokes strange stylistic bedfellows from the hypnotic drones of Spacemen 3 to the chiming dissonance of Black Dice.

[Marc Masters]
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The Glow Pt. 2 Record-icon Fri: 04-04-08:
The Microphones
The Glow Pt. 2
K Records reissues Phil Evrum's quiet masterpiece, a record of intuitive music and esoteric flights of the imagination. The set also features bonus material recorded in 2007 specifically to accompany this release. [Brian Howe]
Record-icon Fri: 04-04-08:
Willie Nelson
One Hell of a Ride
Taking in the full half-century breadth of the country legend's career, this 4xCD, 100-track set reminds us why you just don't say no to the red-headed stranger. [Stephen M. Deusner]

Pete & the Pirates: Little Death
Reading band's name is reminiscent of the British Invasion, but its music recalls the Clean and other Flying Nun stalwarts funneled through 1990s U.S. indie rock. The Go! Team's Gareth Parton produces. [Amy Granzin]

In Flames: A Sense of Purpose
The Swedish metal band continues to broaden its appeal and embrace a more mainstream sound, to the despair of some of its longtime metal fans. [Cosmo Lee]

John Maus: Love Is Real
Longtime underground music figure and recent Ariel Pink associate puts a bizarre and creepy spin on synth-pop wherein the tragic collides with the ridiculous in the most garish way possible. [Aaron Leitko]



Silent Party
Fri: 04-04-08:
Column: Silent Party #2
"Guitar Hero" relies on the same sort of affective response to music that drives so much fandom: Loving a song so much that you have to find a way to perform it somehow, no matter what.  [Eric Harvey]

Thu: 04-03-08:
Guest List: Why?
Why?'s Yoni Wolf secretly aspires to be an Olympic figure skater, protests having to hear techno on early morning radio, and finally explains why "Super Mario Bros. 2" is so different from the series' other titles. [Interview: Tyler Grisham]  [Yoni Wolf]
Wed: 04-02-08:
The Month In: Grime / Dubstep
Dubstep is rooted in jungle, as highlighted by a recent re-emphasis on D&B-flavored tracks from producers like LD and Cluekid. Plus, grime mixtapes from former N.A.S.T.Y. Crew MC Ghetto [above].  [Martin Clark]
Tue: 04-01-08:
Interview: Nina Nastasia
We sat down with the sharp singer-songwriter to discuss touring, writing, and You Follow Me, Nastasia's excellent collaboration with drummer Jim White.  [Matt LeMay]
Mon: 03-31-08:
Interview: Nick Cave
We speak to Bad Seeds frontman Nick Cave about creating the group's new album, Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, how Grinderman "was like a bomb going off within the Bad Seeds," and what it's like to be inducted into the Australian Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  [Marc Masters]
Fri: 03-28-08:
Interview: Radiohead
We talk to Colin Greenwood about the State of Radiohead, the increasing importance of communal spaces in today's society, and his affection for the Metallica documentary Some Kind of Monster.  [Ryan Dombal]