LONGREADS


punk rock tomb

Come and Join Us In This Punk Rock Tomb: How a generation of indie icons remains relevant at middle age

Apr 11, 2014

Bands like Superchunk and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks have taken the notion that punk is for the young and spit in its face.

the great white north

The Great White North: A Tribe Called Red, Yamantaka // Sonic Titan, and the myth of Canadian multiculturalism

Mar 28, 2014

As the Junos approach this weekend, the time has come for the Canadian music conversation to change — or, perhaps more specifically, to begin anew.

Who Will Manage Our Web Presence When We’re Gone?: The Secret Online Afterlife of The Unicorns

Nov 20, 2013

The Unicorns' legacy is potent and lasting, but their mythology has been perpetuated and controlled by a self-appointed online cabal: their fan forum.

Caribbean Drag: How Arcade Fire’s Reflektor brand disguises dress-up as cultural exchange

Oct 30, 2013

How Arcade Fire's endless Reflektor marketing campaign has essentialized Haiti's vibrant culture to revitalize their own image.

Loft Envy: How Montreal’s DIY Pop Scene Outgrew Itself

Oct 8, 2013

Montreal has been glorified as a DIY pop utopia in the days since Grimes' Visions exploded, but not all is as it seems.