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2011 Stories by Reyan Ali

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  • El Ten Eleven Makes Post Rock Pop

    published December 29, 2011

    For the layman who has never picked up an instrument, technically complex, guitar-based music can be a daunting subject. It involves jargon... More >>

  • This Is Not a Pinback Interview

    published December 15, 2011

    Last February, a user named Lorolyon created a thread on Pinbackfreak, Pinback's official forum, with a compelling title: "Any strange effects... More >>

  • The Naked and Famous Assert Themselves

    published December 8, 2011

    By his own admission, Thom Powers—guitarist/vocalist in the Naked and Famous, a fresh-faced five-piece who have effectively become New... More >>

  • Gauntlet Hair Want to Be a Perm Fixture

    published November 3, 2011

    Gauntlet Hair didn't spring up overnight, but it sure seems like it. Their recently released self-titled debut has all of the right pieces in... More >>

  • Saving Face to Face

    published June 23, 2011

    Face to Face have never been real big on surprises. Ever since the Victorville-bred, LA-based pop/skate/punk outfit formed back in 1991,... More >>

  • Welcome to Sharks Week!

    published May 26, 2011

    James Mattock can't remember when he first heard punk rock. Ordinarily, letting an event like that slip through the cracks of your memory would... More >>

  • Making Air Waves

    published May 12, 2011

    The world of Air Waves' Dungeon Dots is one of unexpected complexity. Singer/guitarist Nicole Schneit has masterminded a folky... More >>

  • The Polar Bear Club Shows the Importance of Being Earnest

    published May 5, 2011

    The story of how Chasing Hamburg got its name gets to the essence of what's important to Polar Bear Club. In a 2009 Express Night... More >>

  • Abigail Williams, Unalloyed

    published March 24, 2011

    The way Ken Bergeron sees it, success came to Abigail Williams far too quickly. When guitarist/vocalist Bergeron and the first of several... More >>

  • Matt Pond Is Pitchforked, But Proud

    published February 24, 2011

    To put it gently, Pitchfork's opinion of Matt Pond's work has been less than positive. Since the New York-based singer/songwriter and his band... More >>

  • Barren Earth: The Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young of Baltic Heavy Metal

    published February 3, 2011

    In the abstract, the idea of the supergroup brims with promise. Every semi-obsessive music nerd contemplates his or her fantasy band at least... More >>

  • The Wonder Years Keep It Realist

    published January 6, 2011

    What the hell is “realist pop punk”? Josh Martin, bassist/founder of Philadelphia outfit the Wonder Years, was joking when he... More >>

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