October 1, 2010 - "Cut My Hair" was the first song played on one of the last stops of Pavement's summer reunion tour, less a call to arms than an opportunity to get the "hit" out of the way so that this revolutionary-at-the-time indie-rock unit could get on with being themselves.
March 20, 2009 - Los Angeles noise-punk duo No Age brought its bombast to SXSW on Thursday night (3/19), delivering an all-too-brief glimpse into the group's trademark combination of ear-busting distortion and delicious gear-shifts revealing the more-or-less traditional post-punk songwriting underneath.
February 27, 2009 - In a world without Sonic Youth, No Age would be much harder to explain, let alone embrace. The LA duo-- drummer/vocalist Dean Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall--finds the edge in its music between utter confusion and breathtaking beauty and skates down the center. Swirling eddies of noise and confusion appear from thin air and are replaced just as mysteriously by perfect melody, but nothing lasts forever, no matter how fat and tempting the hook. "Nouns," the band's 28-minute sophomore album from last year, contained a 68-page booklet that framed the band as sort of an art-school project in progress, but the album's lead single, "Eraser," with its Spectoresque Wall of Sound integrated with, variously, an atonal droning hum and Spunt's matter-of-fact vocals, does all the talking the band needs in a brisk 2 minutes, 41 seconds.
January 22, 2009 - 2008 was a big year for the members of Los Angeles-based band No Age. They released their sophomore full-length, "Nouns"--an album of arty punk experimentation that landed on many critics' best-of-2008 lists. They toured the country at a frantic pace. They caused controversy on a national television show (more on that in the interview below). And they even snagged a Grammy nomination for Best Recording Package.
At the end of their fall tour, No Age guitarist Randy Randall found time to talk about touring, the group's penchant for playing unusual locations, politics, and what he thinks about SoundSpike's parent company, Ticketmaster, among other topics.
You're currently out on the road. How's the tour been going? Any highlights you'd like to share?
December 22, 2008 - San Francisco's Noise Pop Festival, which will take place Feb. 24-March 1 at venues throughout the city, will feature Stephen Malkmus making his Noise Pop solo debut. The 17th annual fest also will feature Josh Ritter, Martha Wainwright, Antony & The Johnsons, No Age, A.C. Newman, Clues, St. Vincent, French Kicks, Ra Ra Riot, Broker West, The Morning Benders and The Submarines, according to a press release.