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Jam Packed Wednesday with The National, Laura Marling, Hebronix (ex-Yuck), and Pure X

As of this afternoon, approximately 712,000 people have listened to The National's new single, "Demons," on Youtube. I was not one of them. I may have sampled a few seconds here and a few seconds there, but I never really settled in with it. The National need your time, like that. "Demons," from their forthcoming album, Trouble Will Find Me (4AD on 5.12), like much of their best work, isn't the type of track to awe on a sample or ev...READ MORE

Twofer Wednesday: The History of Apple Pie and Parakeet

Excuse me while I play old. You see, back in the day, it was easy to judge a band by its name. For example, there was the geography rule. Any band named after a common city, state, country, or geographic location universally sucked. Kansas sucked. Asia sucked. Boston, Chicago, and Europe all sucked. Recently, I've found the awkward spelling and mangled punctuation rule a good one, too. tUnE-yArDs is the best example of this rule i...READ MORE

2011 Pitchfork Music Festival Day 3: Yuck

With a sweltering heat, the type that can make one sweat while standing still; The type that sent hordes of fans off seeking shade away from the stages; The type that can snap the emotions of a man in a second, enveloping Chicago's Union Park Sunday afternoon, it was perfectly understandable that it took Yuck a couple songs to find their feet. When they did find their groove, they found a good one with their take on early-'90s p...READ MORE

2011 Pitchfork Music Festival Preview

The 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival is going down this weekend in Chicago and as in past years (2008, 2009, 2010) I Rock Cleveland will be there with photographer Mara Robinson to document this yearly gathering of music fans, hipsters, aging indie rockers, and other assorted cool people with questionable sartorial sense. One of the festival's greatest strengths, and one of the reasons I keep going back is its freshness and diversi...READ MORE

The Rockometer: Yuck

Yuck S/T Fat Possum Think Superchunk, Dinosaur, Jr and Ash.  Think Sloan, Yo La Tengo and Teenage Fanclub, or any number of 120-Minute staples whom at one time or another paired their pop songs with a sick stack of amps and said, "This is right." That's the self-titled, debut record by Yuck, a New Jersey/London/Hiroshima band, whose aim is to bring back the sounds of '90s alt-rock radio in a big, big way.  Whether it's the Cha...READ MORE

Moving Pictures: “Holing Out” by Yuck

The revival of '90s alt-rock has been steadily bubbling under the surface for the past two-to-three years. What the movement has been lacking, however, is that signature band to bring the sounds of distorted guitars and the style of Doc Martens, floppy hair and flannel back to the forefront of the underground. That band could be Yuck. On the video for "Holing Out," this transcontinental outfit hailing from England, Japan, and ...READ MORE

Top Jam: “Rubber” by Yuck

"Rubber," the latest single by the trans-continental indie rock band, Yuck, is an album closer in the tradition of American underground stalwarts, Yo La Tengo. The tempo is carefully measured and its arrangement is both patient and simple. There's a clean guitar melody, but it lurks behind an omnipresent field of static. The vocals meanwhile, are delivered in extended, slightly off-note tones, and occasionally expand with slac...READ MORE