M83: The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA 04/22/2012

The synthesis of samples and their own instruments created a massive and rich sound, but essentially it allowed M83 to play both the rock band and the DJ, the loner and the cool kid, the live band and the studio band.

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Mogwai: Earth Division (EP)

On the whole, the Earth Division EP works structurally, serving an image of a classically-informed sandwich with some meaty sounds left in the middle to savor.

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Mogwai: Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will

On Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will, as was the case on earlier albums and more recently on 2008’s brilliant and often under-appreciated The Hawk Is Howling, Scottish rock outfit Mogwai knows how to set a mood early and occasionally explode from that jumping off point. With a bit more texture in spots a la The Cure-meets-Coldplay which fuels “White Noise” (and later during “Letters To The Metro”) Mogwai settle things down with a decent if not delectable “Mexican Grand Prix” with, dare I say it, vocals?

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Last Week’s Sauce: May 17th – 23rd

Last Week’s Sauce is a recurring column featuring recordings of shows that took place the previous week. Thanks to ScottT for this week’s photo.

Last Week's Sauce

Artist & Title: The Decemberists – The Wanting Comes In Waves / Repaid
Date & Venue: 2009-05-20 – Fox Theatre, Oakland CA
Taper & Show Download: Mike Vernal

The Decemberists are out on tour and playing their new album Hazards Of Love in its entirety. This track is, of course, off of that album. They are in the middle of a tour and they play tonight in Kansas City.


READ ON for more entries from the likes of Mogwai and Railroad Earth…

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Tour Dates: Dave’s Monster Tour

There haven’t been many bands over the last few years that have consistently hit the road as hard and as often as the Dave Matthews Band. The perennial road warriors

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Mogwai: Mr. Beast

Opening with an atmospheric instrumental that would be the perfect lead-in to an arena-rock show, Mogwai

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