Rachel Kushner’s The Flamethrowers
is rightly being hailed as one the of the best novels in recent memory, a
deeply immersive book marked by incisive cultural observations and a
vividly descriptive prose style that is drawing comparisons to everyone
from Flaubert to Don DeLillo.
Laid up with an illness after moving to New York City, Foxygen drummer and child actor/voice talent Shaun Fleming produced his surprisingly lush solo debut as Diane Coffee with minimal instruments and a Macbook Pro.
Mardou calls its music “Post Punk/Noise
Pop shit,” which is as good a descriptor as any. The fresh-faced local
quartet had a fruitful 2013,
dropping a pair of addictive EPs that recall myriad sonic antecedents (most
notably Joy Division and Sonic Youth) yet are intriguing enough on their
own to yield genuine excitement about what these guys might conjure
Archer’s Paradox formed in 2012, and
it wasn’t long before the newly minted six-piece was making a name for
itself, grabbing a slot at the inaugural Bunbury Music Festival and
earning a growing number of converts.