Deconstructing: The National, Majical Cloudz, And Artistic Pluralism

Everything feels heavier at night. Alone at home after dark, whatever solipsistic sentiment was developing by day takes on titanic proportions. All sense of perspective…
Chris DeVille | May 14, 2013 - 2:24 pm

Deconstructing: Jason Molina, Uninsured Musicians, And The Importance Of Health Care

On March 16, Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co.'s Jason Molina died of natural causes in his Indianapolis home. The 39-year-old songwriter's organs gave out…
Max Blau | April 22, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Deconstructing: Phoenix And The Festival Headliner Economy

As miracles go, the last two Phoenix records were somewhere between water-into-wine and raising a man from the dead, all ecstasy and wonder and effortless…
Chris DeVille | April 11, 2013 - 1:19 pm

Deconstructing: 10 Years Of The White Stripes Elephant And Exploding Hearts Guitar Romantic

The bar scene at Ohio University, where I was finishing up my freshman year this time 10 years ago, is a heavy-handed metaphor. Along the…
Chris DeVille | April 1, 2013 - 1:47 pm

Deconstructing: Frightened Rabbit, Macklemore, And The Perils Of Earnestness

A few months ago, I wrote about the increasing influence of Mumford & Sons and how that band's brand of bleeding-heart folk-rock represents the convergence…
Chris DeVille | March 14, 2013 - 12:55 pm

Deconstructing: SXSW Through The Eyes Of An Austinite

So you're in a band. Let's say there's three of you: gives you a good fullness-of-sound to van-space ratio. Who else has to be in…
Brad Shoup | March 12, 2013 - 12:48 pm

Deconstructing: The Return Of The Postal Service And Why 2013 Should Be The New 2003

In 2003, indie rock was undergoing an identity crisis. The "garage rock" bands had already peaked. "Dance-punk" was barely getting started. 2003 was perhaps the…
David Holmes | March 1, 2013 - 10:52 am

Deconstructing: 20 Years Of Thom Yorke

The most memorable moment of my junior year Homecoming night wasn't the dinner (who knows where), the dance (in my high school gymnasium, I think?)…
Chris DeVille | February 26, 2013 - 1:40 pm

Deconstructing: Chris Brown, Surfer Blood, And Villainizing Entertainers

Chris Brown stayed busy these last few weeks adding to his long rap sheet of objectionable behavior. The troubled pop star launched his latest notoriety…
Chris DeVille | February 13, 2013 - 2:53 pm

Deconstructing: The 2013 Grammys

When the Grammy nominations came out back in December, they looked significantly younger and hipper than usual. This legendarily conservative institution, the one that recognized…
Chris DeVille | February 11, 2013 - 4:52 pm

Deconstructing: The Rise, Demise, And Legacy Of The Mars Volta

I woke up on Thursday, January 24, to find the Mars Volta, an old friend, stone dead and on the slab. By now, anyone with…
Joseph Schafer | February 7, 2013 - 1:57 pm

Deconstructing: Buke And Gase, Doing It Yourself, And The Bounds Of Creativity

"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is a craftsman. …
Chris DeVille | February 1, 2013 - 10:51 am

Deconstructing: How The USPS Is Killing Indie

There is a great episode of Seinfeld in which Kramer, fed up with receiving junk mail, decides to permanently suspend his mail service. Mailman Newman…
James Jackson Toth | January 30, 2013 - 12:14 pm

Deconstructing: Coachella And The Music Festival Industry

A music festival is a bit like an iTunes playlist. You're not going to listen to everything, but it's great knowing it's all there. And…
Brad Shoup | January 28, 2013 - 12:34 pm

Deconstructing: Yo La Tengo, Low, And The Creative Potential Of Domestic Bliss

"We're like business associates," Leslie Mann's Debbie frowns to Paul Rudd's Pete in This Is 40, Judd Apatow's sorta-sequel to Knocked Up. "We're like brothers…
Chris DeVille | January 3, 2013 - 12:52 pm

2012 In Review: Opening The Books On Spotify, Grizzly Bear, And The Economic Plight Of The Working Musician

To a cynic, 2012 might have looked a lot like the Year Of The Bellyache. With musicians from Jana Hunter to John Mellencamp candidly addressing…
James Jackson Toth | December 31, 2012 - 1:33 pm

2012 In Review: Filling The LCD Soundsystem Void

2012 was the first full year without LCD Soundsystem since James Murphy distilled the fleeting essence of cool into seven-some comically heartrending minutes a decade
Chris DeVille | December 26, 2012 - 12:32 pm

2012 In Review: The Year In Instrumental Music

In 1959, Ornette Coleman released The Shape of Jazz To Come, a record with content almost as audacious as its title. Forty-seven years later, Coleman…
Colin St. John | December 25, 2012 - 8:00 am

2012 In Review: The New Wave Of R&B Comes Into Full Bloom

Throughout the course of my life I have not been what you would call an R&B listener. A brief history of my dabbling: I owned…
Chris DeVille | December 24, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Deconstructing: How Can Indie Musicians Break Even?

David Thomas, the singer of Pere Ubu, once said that "Rock music is mostly about moving big black boxes from one side of town to…
Doug Moore | December 12, 2012 - 10:00 am