Guided by Voices at the Gothic Theatre, 6-4-14 (photos, review)

How much is too much? For the typical Guided By Voices fan, the answer to that question is “Never! G-B-V! G-B-V! G-B-V!” Robert Pollard’s enigmatic band had no trouble satisfying a modest group of this ilk at the Gothic Theatre last night with a near-three-hour set -- including three massive encores -- that was filled with almost too many songs to count.

Photo essay: The Northside Festival in Brooklyn, NY

Brooklyn's four-day Northside Festival kicked off its third year with hundreds of rising indie bands last weekend in the Williamsburg neighborhood of the borough. Indie-rock mainstays Guided By Voices and Beirut anchored the festival alongside newer acts like Surfer Blood, Sharon Van Etten, Wavves, Deer Tick (as Deervana), Titus Andronicus, Twin Sister and Javelin.

The Jarvik 6 takes its time with moody, modest debut EP

If the music on The Jarvik 6's debut EP feels a little out of time, it's because it is. Matthew Byars, of the experimental Washington, D.C. indie band The Caribbean, began the project a decade ago on his laptop and has worked on it only occasionally since then, finally releasing a four-song EP this month on his own West Main Development label as a limited-edition, 50-copy CDR.