Riff Raff, Night Vale, and World Cup Consolation

All the Cat Powers When Alison Fensterstock wrote about Hurray for the Riff Raff’s appearance on Late Night with David Letterman, a commenter at Nola.com wrote, “One of the most overrated groups out there (how many Cat Power-lite singers are too many?), but this is admittedly a nice arrangement.” I’ll take all the Cat Power-lite singers who can write songs as bold as “The Body Electric.” Americana bands rarely suffer from a surplus of nerve, and fewer ask a ce

Last Night: Darkside shows strength in restraint

If the current EDM scene is characterized by rattling bass, chaotic drops and marathon sets, Darkside might be the anti-EDM. It's understandable that the duo, composed of Nicolas Jaar and Dave Harrington, often falls under the EDM umbrella, but Darkside's show Sunday night at the House of Blues wasn't the run of the mill electronic set. It was odd, inconsistent and jarring, but starkly original, grand and inimitable.