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New feature today! Our interview with Operators about their new album out on Last Gang Records: http://agitreader.com/wp...
05/29/2019
Operators

New feature today! Our interview with Operators about their new album out on Last Gang Records: http://agitreader.com/wp2/operators/

Born in 2014 as a continuation of sorts of the ideas singer Dan Boeckner was exploring in the Handsome Furs, Operators has developed its own set of aesthetics and a sound as distinctive as any of B…

Our review of the new Dead Kennedys live set, out on Manifesto
05/15/2019
Dead Kennedys DK40

Our review of the new Dead Kennedys live set, out on Manifesto

While the reunion of the Dead Kennedys without singer and figurehead Jello Biafra has perhaps sullied the band’s legacy, there is no denying that the band

Our review of SASAMI and Empath at Rumba Cafe
05/13/2019
Sasami Rumba Cafe, Columbus, May 5

Our review of SASAMI and Empath at Rumba Cafe

I’ve had the good fortune to see Philadelphia’s Empath twice in the last month. Of course there was the pedigree built-in that initially drew my attention.

Our review of Mac DeMarco's forthcoming new album
05/08/2019
Mac DeMarco Here Comes the Cowboy

Our review of Mac DeMarco's forthcoming new album

Thanks to a special kind of charisma and an excellent run of early releases (Rock and Roll Night Club, 2, and Salad Days), Mac DeMarco became a titan in indie

Our review of the new album by Aldous Harding, out on 4AD
05/03/2019
Aldous Harding Designer

Our review of the new album by Aldous Harding, out on 4AD

As she revealed on her breakthrough sophomore album, Party, Aldous Harding is an artist capable of shapeshifting not only track to track, but at times

Video of the Day is "Everybody Here Hates You" by courtney barnett
04/15/2019

Video of the Day is "Everybody Here Hates You" by courtney barnett

Video of the Day is "Yesterday Girls" by Sad Planets, starring Eugene Richard O'Connor and directed by John Cobra Verde ...
04/12/2019

Video of the Day is "Yesterday Girls" by Sad Planets, starring Eugene Richard O'Connor and directed by John Cobra Verde Petkovic

Our review of Steve Earle's new album, Guy, a tribute to Guy Clark
04/12/2019
Steve Earle Guy

Our review of Steve Earle's new album, Guy, a tribute to Guy Clark

When Steve Earle’s sometimes-mentor and friend for decades, Guy Clark, left this world in 2016, Earle commemorated the passing with one of his

Our review of the new album by Tredici Bacci, out on Nna Tapes
03/25/2019
Tredici Bacci La Fine Del Futuro

Our review of the new album by Tredici Bacci, out on Nna Tapes

Tredici Bacci’s kaleidoscopic sophomore album, La Fine Del Futuro, explodes and deepens leader Simon Hanes’ preoccupations with Italian soundtracks

Check out our writers' picks for the best albums of 2018!
01/18/2019
Staff Picks for the Best Albums of 2018

Check out our writers' picks for the best albums of 2018!

Matthew Lovett 1. Parquet Courts, Wide Awake! (Rough Trade Records) 2. Beach House, 7 (Sub Pop) 3. Snail Mail, Lush (Matador Records) 4. Soccer Mommy, Clean (Fat Possum Records) 5. Joyce Manor, Mil…

Our picks for the best albums of 2018:
01/15/2019
The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2018

Our picks for the best albums of 2018:

#10 Zeal & Ardor Stranger Fruit MVKA Music It started out as a gimmick prompted by a politically incorrect dare. Manuel Gagneux, a musician of mixed race and Swiss-American citizenship, asked t…

Our review of the new memoir by MC5/MC50 guitarist Wayner Kramer, published by Da Capo Press
01/11/2019
The Hard Stuff by Wayne Kramer

Our review of the new memoir by MC5/MC50 guitarist Wayner Kramer, published by Da Capo Press

Let it be known: the Motor City really did burn. There really was revolution, dope, and f**king in the streets. And the MC5 really did kick out some jams. Delivering

Our review of the new album by Cloud Nothings, out on Carpark Records
12/12/2018
Cloud Nothings Last Building Burning

Our review of the new album by Cloud Nothings, out on Carpark Records

For Cloud Nothings, last year’s Life Without Sound was intentionally meant to be a different album. It was a scary thought, especially considering the strength of

Video of the Day is "The Wanderer" by Arthur Buck (Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck of R.E.M.)
11/02/2018

Video of the Day is "The Wanderer" by Arthur Buck (Joseph Arthur and Peter Buck of R.E.M.)

Our live review of The Goon Sax, FUTURE PUNX, and KEVIN HAIRS at ALPHAVILLE.
11/01/2018
The Goon Sax Alphaville, Brooklyn, October 25

Our live review of The Goon Sax, FUTURE PUNX, and KEVIN HAIRS at ALPHAVILLE.

There are those that say youth is wasted on the young, but then those armchair philosophers obviously don’t get it. They certainly aren’t the types

Check out our review of the new Escape-Ism album
09/12/2018
Escape-ism The Lost Record

Check out our review of the new Escape-Ism album

As the frontman of such acts as Nation of Ulysses, The Make-Up, Weird War, and more, Ian Svenonius has never shied away from melding high concept with

Our live review of Slowdive(band) at House of Vans
07/24/2018
Slowdive House of Vans, Brooklyn, June 30

Our live review of Slowdive(band) at House of Vans

While life in the big city of New York can be frequently challenging, there are certain things that make you pause and remember why it’s still an incredible place

Something Wicked: Our live review Yob at Underground Arts
07/09/2018
Yob Underground Arts, Philadelphia, June 29

Something Wicked: Our live review Yob at Underground Arts

With Bell Witch being forced to cancel at the last minute due to a medical emergency, Black Urn got bumped into the main support slot. The

ICYMI: Our review of POPTONE at Warsaw Concerts
07/09/2018
Poptone Warsaw, Brooklyn, June 28

ICYMI: Our review of POPTONE at Warsaw Concerts

Existing for just two short years (from 1982 to 1984), Tones on Tail were a brilliant flash in the pan. Consisting of former Bauhaus members Daniel Ash and

Our live review of Depeche Mode at Barclays Center
06/15/2018
Depeche Mode Barclays Center, Brooklyn, June 6

Our live review of Depeche Mode at Barclays Center

There aren’t a lot of bands that can fill an arena then make it seem like you wouldn’t want to see them in anything smaller. Depeche Mode are one of

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