Music

First Listen
7:17 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

First Listen: Phox, 'Phox'

Phox's self-titled debut comes out June 24.
Jade Ehlers Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:28 am

The word "charisma" is often used to imply a certain kind of attention-grabbing showiness, or even neediness. But it can also suggest subtle ease; a simple gravitational pull that draws people in by making them feel comfortable and at home.

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First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

First Listen: Circulatory System, 'Mosaics Within Mosaics'

Circulatory System's new album, Mosaics Within Mosaics, comes out June 24.
Stacey-Marie Piotrowski Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 8:44 am

Pastiche and whimsy are, by definition, a technique, and a state of mind. But moreover, these two concepts have indelibly tipped the playing field of indie rock downhill into the fanciful dimension beneath that oil-stained rainbow in its parking lot.

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First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

First Listen: Phish, 'Fuego'

Phish's new album, Fuego, comes out June 24.
Peter Yang Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:29 am

Whether you know its work or just its reputation, you've probably already made up your mind about Phish. Maybe you love the band and its music, maybe you can't stand them, or maybe you liked them and have since moved on to other things. Phish is one of the most dynamic and celebrated live acts in all of music, with a loyal community any artist would envy, but it's also divisive. This is a band that inspires passion with its multipart compositions, meandering improvisations, playful (often nonsensical) lyrics and unwavering positivity.

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First Listen
7:03 pm
Sun June 15, 2014

First Listen: Strand Of Oaks, 'Heal'

Strand Of Oaks' new album, Heal, comes out June 24.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue June 24, 2014 6:32 am

Philadelphia's Timothy Showalter has never been one to shy from a complicated metaphor in conveying his pathos. Take "Daniel's Blues" off his 2010 album made as Strand of Oaks, Pope Killdragon, where he voices actor Dan Aykroyd after the death of John Belushi, exacting revenge on the drug dealer responsible for his friend's death with a shotgun and signing on for Ghostbusters. All of this gets told in Showalter's dark yet ethereal folk. Another album featured songs set in a post-apocalyptic world.

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The Record
10:03 am
Sun June 15, 2014

Who Can I Be Now? How David Bowie Spent 1974

David Bowie in September of 1974 onstage in Los Angeles.
Terry O'Neill Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 16, 2014 7:58 am

To say that 1974 was a year of change and challenge for David Bowie and his fans is an understatement as extreme as the lurid outfits he'd worn as his just-abandoned alter ego, Ziggy Stardust. The incubator for the evolution was Bowie's U.S. tour that year, which began in Montreal on June 14 — 40 years ago this weekend.

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