The Shangs' "Golden Hits" Begs to Be Decoded

The Golden Hits of The Shangs sounds gorgeously anachronistic. It’s the X that marks the spot where lounge music, movie soundtracks, girl groups, Syd Barrett, and The Velvet Underground overlap, and an album that is as current now as it will ever be since there’s no time when it would have made more sense. It’s an album that feels like mirage because it’s hard to be sure if The Shangs ever existed as a conventional band.

Unseasonal Songs for an Unseasonal Christmas

Not only is New Orleans unlikely to see a white Christmas this year, but it's doubtful we'll see a cold one either. Most of the rest of the days before Christmas will be like today--lows in the 60s, highs in the 70s. Not quite shorts and flip-flops weather, but there's little call for chestnuts or anything else by an open fire.

At Home with Cavalier and Cooke

[Updated] Home production software has been a mixed blessing. ProTools and similar programs have decimated the recording studio business as people can record at home or a semi-domestic context. That made possible a lot of CDs that might never have been recorded if the artists had to wait until they could afford studio time, but it also enabled musicians to make music that really could have used an experienced set of ears to ask, Really? You think that’s a good idea?

Moon Honey Gets Ready for SXSW

It has become hip to not care about South by Southwest—It’s too big; it’s too corporate; it’s just a party. Moon Honey is not one of those naysayers. This year, the band will play Austin during SXSW for the third or fourth time says singer Jessica Ramsey, and this is the second time the psychedelic band originally from Baton Rouge will be an official part of the festival with a proper showcase.

Allah-Las Worship The Sun

Los Angeles-based garage rock revivalists Allah-Las exemplify an aesthetic awareness that is deeply rooted in place. The quartet, composed of vocalist/guitarist Miles Michaud, lead guitarist Pedrum Siadatian, bassist Spencer Dunham, and drummer Matthew Correia, are self-described surfers, and three out of four members met while employed at Hollywood’s legendary Amoeba Music.

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