Review: Cloud Nothings Reinvent Selves, Return with Exhilarating, Full-Band, Post-Punk Viciousness

Attack on Memory by Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings is the first contender (and admittedly an early one) for the Best Album of 2012. Find out why via SPIN.

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Review: …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead are Half Dead, Half Amazing

Conrad Keely vs. Jason Reece

Face it, music fans. …And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead will just never — never — be what they once were. Source Tags & Codes is, excuse my french, a simply unfuckwittable album. A cornerstone of the “indie rock” canon. And everything since has been … alright. So there’s a new record out. It’s their umpteenth. And it mostly disappoints but for one, incredibly key exception. See what it is via my review at the A.V. Club.

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Live In LA: Dashboard Confessional and New Found Glory Launch Unplugged Tour

Last night, emo godheads Dashboard Confessional and pop-punk has-beens New Found Glory kicked of a national acoustic tour here in L.A., fittingly at this city’s most famous home of strum, the Troubadour. Read about the surprising results here (via Spin).

Balls for all my friends!

There’s also a separate photo gallery featuring Andrew Herrold’s excellent images from the night, and you can read my review of Dashboard’s Alter The Ending here (via The A.V. Club).