Author Adrian Garro

Fetch the Bolt Cutters, the new album from Fiona Apple and her first since 2012’s The Idler Wheel … begins with a song that perfectly captures the allure of a Fiona Apple record. A gorgeous piano lead pairs with her vocals as she delivers lines such as: I move with the trees in the breeze I know that time is elastic And I know when I go All my particles disband and disperse And I’ll be back in the pulse and While I’m in this body I want somebody to want And I want what I want and I want…

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“I’m just a teenage dirtbag, baby.” It’s a simple phrase, but a magical one for Wheatus, the rock band from Northport, New York that burst onto the music scene in 2000 with “Teenage Dirtbag,” an inescapable piece of alt/pop with an infectious refrain and signature high-pitch vocals from singer Brendan B. Brown. Its music is a time capsule to the turn of the century. Look at this ADIDAS track jacket! The hat! The … well, EVERYTHING about this. The video even features scenes from the 2000 Jason Biggs movie Loser, which is also as much a snapshot of the late…

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There’s enough dramatic posturing and serious facial expressions in the original music video for “Separate Ways,” released by Journey in 1983 as a single from the album Frontiers, to make it something of a classic clip and a vintage snapshot of music from that decade. It’s also a staple of the band’s iconic career, and presented an irresistible opportunity to the Heller family from Washington, currently hanging out in quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic. “Why not recreate that music video shot-for-shot, wearing clothing pretty closely matched to what Steve Perry, Neal Schon and the guys wore in the original,”…

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“Jessie’s Girl.” It’s a classic, a calling card of Rick Springfield and his enduring career of rock/pop hits — so what better song to try and teach the masses during the coronavirus pandemic? Springfield has attempted just that over the course of the past few weeks. Instructional how-to videos are popping up everywhere — just this week, Robby Krieger of the Doors began a series of his own, teaching fans how to play songs like “Roadhouse Blues,” for example. Over the span of a few weeks, however, Springfield’s seemingly simple, straightforward task has proved anything but easy. It’s actually devolved…

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Without being able to venture outside or go anywhere these days due to the coronavirus pandemic, I have found myself aimlessly staring at the television screen, searching for something to stream — or at least add to my queue of stuff to watch, an out-of-control collection that I really should do something about. A few days ago, however, my endless searching landed on a documentary with the title Nintendo Quest. As one who came of age in the 1990s, I know all about the Nintendo Entertainment System, the groundbreaking video game console that revolutionized the concept of video games and…

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Blink-182 premiered a new music video on Thursday, but the veteran pop/punk band’s clip for “Happy Days” is slightly different — and very well suited to these confusing times in which we’re all stuck at home for the foreseeable future. A little over a week ago, the band gave fans an opportunity to participate in the video by submitting clips of themselves from quarantine — practicing music, jamming, hanging out, washing hands, and so on. https://twitter.com/blink182/status/1243974943705976835 The video was finished this week and premiered on Thursday, and in addition to featuring bassist/vocalist Mark Hoppus, drummer Travis Barker and guitarist Matt…

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Three-piece Los Angeles-based indie/pop band Wallows is comprised of guys in their early to mid-20s. There’s a very good chance none of them remember the 1990s from personal experience due to being as young as they are — but you wouldn’t know it from the band’s new video for “OK.” Premiered on Thursday, this music video is a time capsule from 1996, complete with baggy clothes, electric blue hair dye, a laid-back groove with enough pop sensibility to call to mind Sugar Ray and other “feel-good” stars of the ’90s. Directed by Dillon Dowdell and depicting Dylan Minnette (star of…

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On June 19, Phoebe Bridgers will release her second full-length album, Punisher, via Dead Oceans. To say this album comes with much anticipation doesn’t do it justice; Bridgers’ 2017 full-length debut Stranger in the Alps turned her from a relatively unknown Los Angeles-based talent to one of the most lauded singer/songwriters in the indie scene, her emotive songs and lyrical wordplay the result of a quiet intensity that burst forth on each track. On Thursday, Bridgers previewed the new album with a song titled “Kyoto,” its accompanying music video a vintage-styled lo-fi flashback to something you’d see on a warped…

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Phoebe Bridgers, one of the most celebrated indie/rock singer/songwriters of the past few years, will play a set from her apartment on Friday, April 10 at 4 p.m. EDT via Pitchfork, she announced on Instagram: had this idea to play a show but instead of a stage it’s my apartment and instead of a crowd it’s the internet live on @pitchfork on friday https://www.instagram.com/p/B-sr04thwu5/ In doing so, she joins the growing list of entertainers staging at-home performances in the age of the coronavirus pandemic. Bridgers, whose 2017 solo debut album Stranger in the Alps earned universal acclaim due to its…

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It’s that time of year again — a day, April 8, set aside to come together as a people and celebrate that time-honored tradition … that’s right, it’s Rex Manning Day. For those uninitiated, Rex Manning Day is a reference to the 1995 film Empire Records, a film starring Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, Ethan Embry, Robin Tunney and a host of other actors and about a record store and the (very ’90s-styled) employees that work there, and how they have to come together to save their beloved music shop from closing at the hands of ruthless developers. It’s a big…

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