The 200 Best Songs Of The 2010s

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When this decade began, MP3s still reigned supreme. Now, at the end of it, a song is no longer even a file — it’s ephemera, on every streaming service and available to hear in myriad ways. For better and worse, the song (and the single) have become the norm for the general public’s music consumption. More »

Musicians Pledge To Boycott Amazon Events Over ICE Contract

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Amazon-Ice-protestThis December, Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computer and web hosting arm, will host Las Vegas’ Intersect Festival, the service’s first music festival. There’s no acknowledgement of Amazon’s involvment in the festival’s promotional materials. Last week, dance producer the Black Madonna, booked to perform at Intersect, reacted with outrage upon learning that Intersect … More »

Stream La Neve’s Debut Album The Vital Cord

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La-Neve-The-Vital-CordJoey La Neve DeFrancesco plays slashing, urgent guitar in the great Providence punk band Downtown Boys. But she also makes music on her own, under the alias La Neve. La Neve’s music has its own sense of anger and urgency, just like Downtown Boys, but its aesthetic sensibility is completely different. La Neve makes hybridized … More »

Joyero – “Evacuate” & Gauche – “Body Count”

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Joyero-and-GaucheRecently, the venerated North Carolina indie Merge has been running a 7″ subscription service called Born Under A Good Sign. Back in May, two of Merge’s promising newer artists — both projects that feature members of other bands — released a split 7″ that included a couple of vinyl-only songs to subscribers. But … More »

La Neve – “A Pretty Red”

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In addition to being in Downtown Boys, Joey La Neve DeFrancesco makes radical dance music as La Neve. DeFrancesco released the project’s debut American Sounds EP back in 2017, and this fall La Neve will release her debut album, The Vital Cord, which also contains the single “Maximum Wage” that came … More »

Stream Gauche’s Debut Album A People’s History Of Gauche

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Gauche-A-Peoples-History-Of-GaucheWithin its ranks, the DC band Gauche includes members of two of our greatest groups, Priests and Downtown Boys. Based on that alone, you should pay attention to them. If you know Priests and Downtown Boys, then you know that both bands make taut, electric, urgent underground rock music — music that more or less … More »

La Neve – “Maximum Wage”

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La Neve, the “more fully realized” version of Joey La Neve DeFrancesco, is a musician and drag artist who performs house and industrial music that’s known to dive into political concerns. The artist also performs guitar and vocals in the similarly political rock group Downtown Boys. Following up her brash American Sounds EP, … More »

Gauche – “Conspiracy Theories” Video

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GaucheGauche are a Washington, DC-based band that includes members of Downtown Boys and Priests. They released their debut tape, Get Away With Gauche, back in 2015, and today they’re back with a new single, “Conspiracy Theories,” that’s being released via Merge Records. (They’ll put out their full-length later this year.) … More »

Downtown Boys – “Fotos Y Recuerdos” (Selena Cover)

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Downtown Boys Fotos Y RecuerdosThe great Providence punk band Downtown Boys released their latest album, Cost Of Living, last year, and during the recording sessions for that album, with Guy Picciotto and Greg Norman, they also recorded a cover of “Fotos Y Recuerdos.” Naturally, they chose to reinterpret the 1994 Spanish-language version by Selena, which itself is a … More »