10/7/2012, 10:00pm

Matt on Music: The xx

It was 2009, and music critics were doing what music critics do—hyping Animal Collective’s “Merriweather Post Pavilian” as the best album of the year before the year was even halfway through, overrating Grizzly Bear and ignoring Wussy for the third album in a row. It was a typical year. Then, a British band came out of nowhere and took the music world by storm. They were The xx.

10/3/2012, 11:45pm

Pop-punk staples to return to Detroit for reunion tours

A while back, I wrote a column discussing the downfall of the pop punk music scene. This is mainly due to the fact that the master pop punk bands of the early to mid-2000s either don’t exist anymore or are still hanging on but releasing mediocre tracks that will never measure up to the songs of their heyday.

9/30/2012, 9:36pm

Matt on Music: Carly Rae Jepsen's 'Kiss'

Carly Rae Jepsen’s new LP, “Kiss,” opens with “Tiny Little Bows.” The song begins with a disco-synth riff, followed by a voice singing, “Cupid, draw back your bow and let your arrow go.” Any ’60s soul fan can tell you, after listening to this, that it is a sample of Sam Cooke’s “Cupid,” although Cooke’s voice has been placed in a much higher register.

9/26/2012, 10:59pm

The White Ravens playing in Ypsi

Ann Arbor band The White Ravens have developed a decent following over the years, with two self-released albums and a third set to be released soon.

9/19/2012, 9:49pm

Next on Alt-J’s tour: Blind Pig

The British band ?, which formed in 2007, released their first album earlier this year. You may be wondering, “What kind of a band name is ??” It’s actually the Greek letter “delta,” and their name is pronounced Alt-J (‘Alt-J’ being the command to achieve the delta symbol on a Mac computer). It’s like Prince’s “Love Symbol” if he were more computer savvy.

9/19/2012, 9:36pm

Steinway Campaign relaunches

Eastern Michigan University’s Department of Music and Dance will celebrate the relaunch of an ongoing campaign to outfit the entire department with Steinway pianos with an event at Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater Sept.

9/16/2012, 8:05pm

Local band Rospoem plays show at Launch Board Shop

Ann Arbor’s Launch Board Shop has housed a few local concerts and this past Saturday, Sept. 15 local ambient, post-rock band Rospoem was the latest to play a show there. For a band that assembled in the fall of last year they’ve come a long way. With an EP released and another recording in the works, they’re one of Ann Arbor’s latest bands to watch out for.

9/16/2012, 7:58pm

Neutral Milk Hotel meets hip-hop mix

On his Bandcamp page, user Psychosis’ description reads, “Psychosis is a video game programmer who accidentally found audio editing software and the world has been paying the price ever since,” and his slogan is, “Oops, looks like I accidently put one song over another song.

9/12/2012, 10:55pm

Staff music picks: September

“Broken Social Scene’s self-titled album could not have made it back onto my playlists with better timing.

9/9/2012, 9:35pm

New Wainwright impresses

As musicians get older, the natural contemplation of death can result in more thought, emotion and personal ideas in their music.

9/9/2012, 9:26pm

Oddcore, Alibi Crew team up

Ypsilanti-based music producers Oddcore Productions and Alibi Crew will be hosting the “Out of the Box” remix compilation release party Saturday, Sept. 15 at Crossroad’s Bar & Grill, 517 W. Cross St. in Ypsilanti, just south of Eastern Michigan University’s campus.

8/21/2012, 9:48pm

Indie-rock band Wussy flexes musical muscles

In 2000, Chuck Cleaver, guitarist and singer for the Cincinnati-based Ass Ponys, was asked to do a solo set. Knowing he had stage fright, his friend Lisa Walker asked if he had ever considered singing with another person. He wrote some words on a napkin; the two of them sang together and a vocal musical duo was born.