Jared is the founder and editor-in-chief of Playtonic Dialogues, a blog dedicated to philosophically minded music discussions. His writing about music and philosophy also appears in Interview Magazine
Slowdive Look Toward Their Past and the Future at Union Transfer
Perhaps there’s no better description of Slowdive than the one on their Twitter page: “Formed in 1989 in the Depths of Reading, UK. We like noisy guitars and cool pedals.” In two sentences, the band captures their long history and general musical aesthetic. The latter, while evident on their earlier records, is revived on their most recent release, Slowdive.
Thundercat Proves He’s One of the Best Live Acts in Music Today
As Thundercat, Stephen Bruner is an extraordinary (and endearing) weirdo. His bass-playing ability rivals that of anyone playing the instrument. And if that’s not true on a technical level, his sense of melody and unique approach to making music put him in a rarefied space. On a six-string bass, which he often strums like a guitar, Thundercat alternates between inventive chords and rapid successions of notes.
Thundercat is Gigantic at Johnny Brenda’s
Thundercat’s bass is gigantic. He’s gigantic. And, with a wolf fur hat, he looks like Paul Bunion out of the woods with a fresh kill, but the bass is simultaneously the rifle and the kill.
Animal Collective Continue to Take Risks
Animal Collective maintain a following by continually challenging and redefining their sound.
The Major-League Speedy Ortiz
Speedy Ortiz is defying the times. In its approach to both recording and touring, the band has built its fan base in an alternatively modern way: music lovers first, commercialists second.
John D'Agata, In Check
While John D'Agata is a passionate advocate and practitioner of the essay, he is also polite, well-spoken, and reasoned in his defense of manipulating facts and eschewing the label of nonfiction. His most recent book, The Lifespan of a Fact, presents D'Agata's arguments by way of example: a reproduction of...
Wilco @ The Mann Center
Walking around the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, you could see various people wearing red hats that read, “Make Wilco Great Again.”
Dr. Dog @ The Fillmore with Speedy Ortiz
Dr. Dog returned to the The Fillmore for the second time in about four weeks, this time sharing the stage with Speedy Ortiz, which is sort of a Philadelphia band now.
Delorean, Lemonade, Light Pollution @ Bowery Ballroom (pics)
Nov 22, 2010 ... photos by Diana Wong, words by Jared Levy As the holiday season rapidly approaches, last summer feels more and more like a distant ......
Gold Panda Is on Track for Repeat Success
I’m stuck in fictional 2010, feeling like I just graduated college. I’m still hopeful about the Obama presidency, and my favorite album is My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy.
Singing the Text Message Blues: Songs About Texting Gone Wrong
... message etiquette Read More. By Jared Levy / July 11, 2012 ... Jared Levy is interested in the intersections between music and philosophy. He tweets here....
The New Pornographers Are in the Zone
Last night at Union Transfer, I felt a collective sense of nostalgia.
Odd Future Thrills Terminal 5
Odd Future – Terminal 5 – October 19, 2011 Odd Future—the short form of Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All—is a hip-hop collective, although that doesn’t properly explain the group’s appeal. About a year ago, they emerged from Internet stardom and began performing their playful creations to small crowds....
Dude, where's my iPhone? : Travel outside the Tron
Twelve flight connections in nine countries and a stolen iPhone - welcome to travel outside of Hamilton.