In the age of cookie-cutter movies, along comes "Frank," as direct, atypical and surprising as its one word title. Who would imagine that a major star, Michael Fassbender, would play with a dissonant band--sound and personalities--all the while with a paper-mâché head completely hiding his features on and off stage? But that's the scene in "Frank."
Neutral Milk Hotel played its first post-hiatus St. Louis show to a sold-out Pageant audience, confirming the reality of a concert that most fans never dreamed of attending. Jeff Mangum and company delivered a tight performance without sacrificing the endearingly shambolic aesthetic Neutral Milk Hotel has come to represent.
One of the most critically-acclaimed releases of the past few years, Animal Collective's "Merriweather Post Pavilion" sounds incredible no matter where you are. It's brilliantly crafted and doesn't have a stale track; no matter what the season it's worth a listen.
The enigmatic Black Moth Super Rainbow -- Ryan Graveface, Pony Diver, Iffernaut, the Seven Fields of Aphelion, and, mercifully, Thomas "Tobacco" Fec -- come onstage accompanied by a revelation: They seem to be homo sapiens after all.
Deerhoof is a dynamic band -- always one step ahead, knocking down musical boundaries and conventions with muscle, fervor and style gleaned from the world of music outside America. On the band's latest record, Deerhoof Vs. Evil, every sound is a strange surprise or an experiment, and it almost always turns out well for the listener.