Deconstructing: Alcest’s Shelter And Metal In A Post-Deafheaven World

In February 2011, Brooklyn Vegan did an interview with Deafheaven frontman George Clarke -- only a year after the formation of his band, more than…
Michael Nelson | January 3, 2014 - 3:01 pm

Deconstructing: Best Coast And “It All Sounds The Same”

Best Coast's new EP Fade Away came out yesterday. It sounds... like Best Coast. There are distorted guitars, sugary girl-group vocals, simple major-key chord progressions,…
Chris DeVille | October 23, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Deconstructing: Neutral Milk Hotel And The Real Value Of Solo Performance

Neutral Milk Hotel reunited Friday in Baltimore and again Saturday in Richmond, the seminal psych-folk outfit's first performances together in nearly 15 years. Everybody reunites…
Chris DeVille | October 14, 2013 - 4:17 pm

Deconstructing: HAIM, Lorde, And The Monogenre

The singularity is approaching. Not just the dystopian rule of sentient robot overlords as prophesied by every sci-fi movie ever, but sure, that too. (Have…
Chris DeVille | October 3, 2013 - 4:10 pm

Deconstructing: Chvrches, Icona Pop, And The Decline Of Guitar Rock

Last Saturday I attended the inaugural Breakaway Music Festival, a one-day fest targeted at college students, held in a modest soccer stadium in Columbus, Ohio.
Chris DeVille | September 20, 2013 - 4:05 pm

Deconstructing: Elvis Costello, The Roots, And Album-Length Team-Ups

The first thing to understand about Wise Up Ghost is that it isn't a vanity project. Yes, the new LP, released yesterday on Blue Note,…
Chris DeVille | September 18, 2013 - 10:39 am

Deconstructing: Big Sean, 2 Chainz, And The Racial Politics Of Punchline Rap

Big Sean is one of hip-hop's worst misnomers, and not just because the guy is only five-foot-eight. Everything about the Detroit rapper screams "twerp." In…
Chris DeVille | September 12, 2013 - 12:19 pm

Deconstructing: LCD Soundsystem’s “All My Friends” And Trying To Define The Best Song Of The Millennium

About a week and a half ago, the sports-and-culture website Grantland crowned OutKast's "Hey Ya!" the "Best Song of the Millennium," an accolade awarded just…
Ryan Leas | September 11, 2013 - 1:16 pm

Deconstructing: Belle & Sebastian And Nostalgia Versus Reinvention

Belle & Sebastian frontman Stuart Murdoch took the stage at Pitchfork Music Festival last month wearing white pants, a tight black T-shirt, and a black…
Chris DeVille | August 26, 2013 - 12:44 pm

Deconstructing: Lauryn Hill’s Rise And Fall, 15 Years After The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill currently sits inside a prison cell in Connecticut. The neo-soul legend is approximately halfway through a three-month sentence inside the Danbury penitentiary, located…
Max Blau | August 23, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Deconstructing: Death Grips’ No-Show Live Show And What We Expect From Concerts

When Death Grips "chose not to arrive in Chicago" for their scheduled set at Lollapalooza 2013, it led to outrage in comments sections, on Twitter,…
Michael Nelson | August 7, 2013 - 2:32 pm

Deconstructing: The O.C. And Indie Rock Gentrification

Ten years ago today, five words forever changed the nebulous concept known as indie rock: "Welcome to the O.C., bitch." That dialogue was in the…
Chris DeVille | August 5, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Deconstructing: Dead Girlfriends, Mansplaining, And When Being An Ally Goes Wrong

Former Elite Gymnastics member James Brooks released a new four-track EP this week called Stop Pretending under the moniker Dead Girlfriends. Its concluding cut, "On…
Claire Lobenfeld | July 31, 2013 - 11:51 am

Deconstructing: The End Of Maxwell’s And Leaving New Jersey

Doors opened at 8, but really a few minutes past, the other week in Hoboken, and the audience -- mostly young, mostly male -- drifted…
Charlotte Murtishaw | July 31, 2013 - 11:07 am

Deconstructing: Deafheaven, Disclosure, And Crossing Over

It was damn near impossible to breeze through the music internet last month without tripping over Deafheaven and Disclosure. The two acts, both duos, just…
Chris DeVille | July 11, 2013 - 12:29 pm

Deconstructing: Jay-Z, Kanye West, And The #NewRules of Hip-Hop Marketing

Tomorrow, Jay-Z will release Magna Carta Holy Grail, which comes just three weeks after Kanye West's Yeezus. Both new LPs are the first solo albums…
Max Blau | July 3, 2013 - 12:16 pm

Deconstructing: Black Flag, FLAG, And Punk Nostalgia

Everything old is new again: a glance at some leading indie blogs might have you wondering if you’d suddenly time-warped back to some utopian alternative…
James Jackson Toth | June 26, 2013 - 3:50 pm

Deconstructing: Liz Phair And Indie Rock Poptimism

As chronicled by Tom last Friday, Exile In Guyville made Liz Phair an indie rock hero. The album blazed new trails: a woman invading (and…
Chris DeVille | June 24, 2013 - 12:36 pm

Deconstructing: Daft Punk, Will Oldham, And Two Decades Of Mysterious Musicianship

One of the things I remember most from this year’s SXSW isn’t a particular artist, a showcase, or party. It’s a Daft Punk billboard.
Max Blau | May 22, 2013 - 12:37 pm
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