Bands seldom have names that describe what it is that they do. In fact, more often their names have nothing much to do with the kind of music they play. Canada’s The New Pornographers obviously don’t do what their rather risqué name suggests. Neither does Portland’s electronica band STRFKR do whatever you may think they do once you put all the missing letters back into their name. So when I came across a New York band called Endless Boogie, I didn’t know what to expect. I’d got a lead on them from a blog and when I checked them out I realised that they might be one band that lives up to its name. Read more

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Ever since iTunes opened up its store to customers in India, it has been bliss for me. I can now buy music at very reasonable prices – songs for as low as R12 and in some cases, even full albums for a dirt cheap R30. The opening up of the iTunes Store was the best thing to have happened for Indian music lovers but some of us, especially of the grey-haired (or, no-haired) vintage, the real deal is often all about buying the album in its physical, touchable form. There is a certain something about peeling off the plastic and opening up the jewel case of a new CD that digitally downloaded albums just can’t match. Read more

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Usually, for me, a gig is a great way to unwind, a panacea even for a week fraught with stress, muggy weather and other discomforts. The problem is I hardly manage to get to see bands performing live. So last week, when I read that a local band would be playing on the weekend at a venue around the corner from where I live, I was quite happy. I hadn’t heard of the band before and I didn’t know anything about the sort of music they play but I thought what the heck, how bad could a gig be? Guitars, drums, some loud vocals and the boisterous ambience of a gig crowd are almost always an exhilarating experience. Read more

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