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What’s a legacy to a legend? For some, it’s a thing to be actively patrolled: endless tours, obligatory records, the noblesse oblige of the bassist getting to do the occasional side project. Constant existence, in other words. For others, it’s an ambient gift. You’ll always have a band to join; awestruck journalists will check o… More »

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Bumbershoot Lineup 2014

The Bumbershoot Festival goes down in venues around Seattle every year on Labor Day weekend, and the lineup for this year’s festivities on 8/30-9/1 just came out. As usual, it’s a unique assembly of talent, not just a retread of your basic festival mainstay. A sampling of notable acts: Wu-Tang Clan (featuring… who knows?), the… More »

By: Chris DeVille / May 9, 2014 - 9:46 am

Mission Of Burma – “Dust Devil”

In July, Mission Of Burma will put out Unsound, their first record since 2009’s The Sound The Speed The Light. Today the reunited group unveiled the leadoff track “Dust Devil,” a raw, rollicking cut. Stream it below. More »

By: Corban Goble / March 26, 2012 - 4:17 pm

Our Band Could Be Your Life Tribute @ Bowery Ballroom, NYC 5/22/11

It’s ten years since Michael Azerrad first published his defining DIY ’80s scene portrait Our Band Could Be Your Life, which covered an independent music culture that changed irrevocably a decade before that with the release of Nevermind. Round anniversaries make apt opportunities for retrospectives, and in the case of Our Band, this year ha… More »

By: Amrit Singh / May 23, 2011 - 10:01 am

ATP 2010: Curated By Pavement @ Butlin’s Holiday Centre, Minehead, UK

Pavement’s on their way to a long summer of festivals and one-off gigs, but curating an ATP is a sweet way to get things started. (It’s also a sweet way to get in some time with their side projects — both Spiral Stairs and Steve West’s marble valley played sets.) Avi Buffalo started the weekend,… More »

By: jessica / May 18, 2010 - 2:27 pm

New Mission Of Burma Video – “1, 2, 3, Partyy!”

If you recall, Mission Of Burma’s third post-reunion collection Sound The Speed The Light is “a departure from the pinned-needles roar of 2006’s The Obliterati” and is “far more spacious and dynamic.” The lead track “1, 2, 3, Partyy!” isn’t all that spacious, but it is dynamic. And there’s a lot of space covered… More »

By: brandon / October 7, 2009 - 3:30 pm

New Mission Of Burma – “1, 2, 3, Partyy!”

Dinosaur Jr. aren’t the only ones releasing stellar material in their post-reunion life: Judging from the sort of off-the-wall quality of Mission Of Burma’s ONoffON and The Obliterati, there’s no reason to doubt their third reformation collection Sound The Speed The Light (plus, we respect our elders). The band’s fourth proper full-length since their formatio… More »

By: brandon / July 13, 2009 - 12:24 pm

Mission Of Burma/Fucked Up/Ponytail/Jemina Pearl Kick Off The 2009 Pool Parties @ Williamsburg Waterfront, Brooklyn 7/12/09

After being ousted from McCarren Park when the city decided to spent $50MM to restore The Pool as an actual pool, Jelly NYC found a new home for their free summer show series in the upscale hipster haven that is Williamsburg at the East River State Park (aka the Williamsburg Waterfront). It’s just an eight-week… More »

By: Amrit Singh / July 13, 2009 - 11:43 am

CMJ ’08: Jay Reatard, King Khan, & Mission Of Burma @ “Rhapsody Rocks NYC”

The “Rhapsody Rocks NYC” party at the Music Hall Of Williamsburg offered not only a strange, intriguing mix of performers, but also an oddball order of performances: The much discussed Jay Reatard went first, instead of Hardly Art’s hardly mentioned Seattle retrofit jangling soul-folkies the Dutchess And The Duke. Reatard and mates wisely acted the… More »

By: brandon / October 25, 2008 - 4:12 pm

New Old Volcano Suns – “Jak” & “White Elephant”

Last time I saw Bob Weston, he was onstage at ATP making amusing cracks about preferring Mission Of Burma to Big Black because, well, their reunion and his part in it payed for his house. Long before said reunion or Shellac, Weston was a member of Boston trio Volcano Suns, a band formed by ex-Missio… More »

By: brandon / October 8, 2008 - 4:10 pm

Pitchfork Music Festival 2008: Mission Of Burma And Sebadoh Look Back

Sparks Plus was flying the first night of the Pitchfork Music Festival. The promised thunderstorms never materialized, though the clouds remained generally ominous throughout, and we got soaked en route to the grounds. (Well, I got soaked. Amrit wisely invested in a handsome grey poncho. I decided to roll the dice and lost.)… More »

By: brandon / July 19, 2008 - 12:01 pm

Pitchfork Music Festival 2006 Photos

That Pitchforkmedia must be doing something right; 19,000 people a day hit up their Festival for 18 hours of music over two days, despite some serious heat and humidity. Whether that’s a testament to the awesome lineup or the show-going tenacity of hipster nation, we heard the weekend was well run and chock-full of indie… More »

By: Amrit Singh / August 3, 2006 - 1:45 am