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Sevens :: Sleater-Kinney – Modern Girl

Saturday, January 29th, 2011

(Sevens, a recurring feature on Aquarium Drunkard, pays tribute to the art of the individual song.) There’s a moment in Sleater-Kinney’s “Modern Girl” where the music and lyrics begin to meld in ways rarely seen in popular music. But it relies on a lyrical thread that builds from the song’s opening. The song’s melodic, sing-songy […]

Decade :: Sleater-Kinney, The Woods (2005)

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

What is it that makes us want to deconstruct art by units of time? Lists. We love making them. We love arguing over them. And here, on the verge of a new decade, we’re in a position to do the same again. What were the best albums of the past ten years? Here at AD, […]

Sleater-Kinney :: Revisiting The Hot Rock

Friday, March 7th, 2008

Every band has ’em – the red-headed stepchild of an album. It may work real hard in school, make good grades, help old ladies across the street, but the fact remains that there’s somethin’ peculiar that sticks out about it. And things just never go its way as a result. Thus, The Hot Rock. Released […]

L.A.’s Arthurfest: Labor Day Weekend

Wednesday, August 10th, 2005

Sponsored by Arthur Magazine, and Spaceland Productions, the independent music festival takes place Labor day weekend here in the Los Feliz area of Los Angeles. Some of the lineup:* Olivia Tremor Control* Sonic Youth* Sleater Kinney * The Black keys* Spoon* Yoko Ono* Cat Power* The Juan Maclean* Comets of Fire *Many more bands listed […]

Scott McCaughey :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

There is something of the recently deceased Harry Dean Stanton to Scott McCaughey. Just as Stanton was to pictures for decades, McCaughey is that cool, mysterious guy in music that shows up in seemingly every conceivably happening circumstance and you’re always happy to see him. As frontman for the indispensably great Young Fresh Fellows and […]

Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile :: Lotta Sea Lice

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

On Lotta Sea Lice, their debut album of duets, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile sound relaxed and unfussy. This is no overthought (or overwrought) “supergroup” type outing; it’s simply two pals, comfortable in their friendship and respective sonic identities, getting together to kick out some tunes, mutually. It wasn’t even intended to be an album, […]

Peter Buck :: The Aquarium Drunkard Interview

Monday, October 31st, 2016

R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck isn’t especially geared toward nostalgia. Since the pioneering alternative group disbanded in 2011, Buck has operated at a prolific clip. He’s released a string of vinyl-only solo albums on the venerable Mississippi Records label, played with the Baseball Project, and worked with Joseph Arthur. Recently, his band Filthy Friends — featuring Corin Tucker […]