Which Owl and Bear posts got the most clicks in 2012?
Live Review: Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots at La Jolla Playhouse – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots pulls off an impossible feat: taking a classic album beloved by millions and towering over it like a giant, glowing robot.
Owl and Bear’s Best Albums of 2011 – Established acts like Radiohead and The Strokes dropped duds on trusting fans, while middle-of-the-road acts like The Drums and Hunx and His Punx raised the bar with surprising sophomore efforts.
Video Premiere: The Burning of Rome – “Ballad of an Onion Sprout” – The ridiculously catchy song sounds like what would happen if Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros were to abscond in a space shuttle with Blondieâ€™s Jimmy Destri.
Swami Sound System Finds a New Home – San Diego-based Slacker Radio today announced its new, all-caps SWAMI SOUND SYSTEM station, which will be programmed and hosted by [John] Reis.
Live Review: Norah Jones and Corey Chisel at Copley Symphony Hall – Maybe it was her father [Ravi Shankar] in the front row â€” or just because itâ€™s in her quiet nature â€” but Jones seemed removed throughout the evening.
Video Premiere: Jesse LaMonaca – “The Lament of Tumbleweed Hawk” – Directed by local filmmakers-extraordinaire Kevin and Rebecca Joelson, â€œThe Lament of Tumbleweed Hawkâ€ boasts more gorgeous shots of the woods than Bon Iver could shake a stick at.
Poetic Memory: Summer Twins – From the bright guitar strums and girl-group harmonies of the opener, â€œGot Somebody to Dream About,â€ to the relentless catchiness of â€œI Donâ€™t Careâ€ (which, for better or worse, has the same chord progression as Blues Travelerâ€™s â€œRun-Aroundâ€) Summer Twins is ten tracks of pure sonic bliss.
Live Photos: Wilco and White Denim at Copley Symphony Hall – When a band hasnâ€™t come to your town for a while, itâ€™s easy to forget how good they are.
Video Premiere: Heavy Hawaii – “Super Bowl XXIX” – “Super Bowl XXIX” is alternately poppy and funereal, allowing its I-IV-V riff to hang around just long enough to get stuck in your head.
Live Review: Mogwai at the Belly Up – The Glasgow post-rockers lacked passion at the Belly Up.
Interview and Photos: The Paragraphs – O&Bâ€™s Sylvia Borgo interviewed the band â€” Jesse Lee Hoffbauer, Michael Hunt, Abel Perez, and Adam Feilmeier â€” and they discussed their musical influences, the writing and recording process, not playing for the Yankees, and their plans for the future.
Live Review and Photos: The Tallest Man on Earth and Strand of Oaks at Birch North Park Theatre – The kinetic, charismatic Mattson hammed it up to the crowd all evening long.