Austin Powell

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  • 7 years ago

    There are three sides to Hank III: Risin' Outlaw, hellbilly deluxe and black-metal Neanderthal. Each one gets equally represented at his near three-hour live shows — often in that order — with only a brief intermission and wardrobe cha...

  • 7 years ago

    Annuals are at the forefront of indie-rock's New Density movement. Comparable to contemporaries Gang Gang Dance, Islands and Yeasayer, the ADD-affected North Carolina sextet is a jubilant centrifuge of influences, compacting aspects of stadium roc...

  • 8 years ago

    There's nothing more difficult for a rock band than overcoming a mid-life crisis. Built to Spill's first album in five years, 2006's You in Reverse, though, is a testament to the band's collective coming of age. Songs like "Goin' Against Your Mind...

  • 8 years ago

    Perhaps the only thing more damning than being hailed as the next Dylan is being perpetually stuck in the shadow of Conor Oberst. Such has been the fate of Kevin Devine, a Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter who deftly balances personal and political...

  • 8 years ago

    If LCD Soundsystem is the Sound of Silver, then MGMT strikes solid gold. Essentially the duo of former art students Ben Goldwasser and Andrew VanWyngarden, MGMT's disco-glam combines the Bee Gees' Saturday Night Fever with David Bowie's futuristic...

  • 8 years ago

    Houston indie-prog outfit Sharks and Sailors' self-titled 2006 EP was one of the year's sleeper hits, a turbulent but precise journey of push-and-pull dynamics that recalls the finer moments of Don Caballero and Maserati. Demos for the trio's impe...


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