Guided by Voices

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.

James Greer under the magnifying glass in new band Détective

James Greer is rarely the most recognizable name on his collaborative projects. When he is mentioned, it’s usually followed by a helpful explanation of his role: senior editor for Spin magazine in the early 1990s, bassist for indie rock legends Guided by Voices, screenwriter for Steven Soderbergh, Lindsay Lohan and others.

Robert Pollard, Smug Brothers and Motel Beds: Dayton rises (record reviews)

There was a time not long ago in Dayton, Ohio, when excellent music seemed to ooze from every rusty pore of the post-industrial landscape, when bands left and right were grabbing national attention for their tuneful indie and alt-rock amid a growing sense that Ohio music (which included the Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati scenes) was taking over not just MTV and Rolling Stone and Spin, but the world.

Album reviews: Richard Buckner, Boston Spaceships

Boston Spaceships, "Let It Beard" (Guided by Voices Inc.) It's easy to make the argument that Robert Pollard is enjoying a career renaissance. His seminal indie-rock band, Guided by Voices, is taking its victory lap at music festivals around the country after reuniting its "classic" early '90s lineup last fall (they headline the Maha Music Festival in Omaha on Aug.

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.

Interview: Pretty & Nice

Pretty & Nice brings its dissonant art-rock chords and fussed-over post-punk melodies to the Hi-Dive on Sunday. (Brian Tamborello) There's something inherently satisfying about stark contrasts.

Music for Animals @ 3 Kings Tavern

[photopress:mfa3.jpg,full,pp_image] Photos by Laurie Scavo. Recordings often lie. Or at least, they fib. When you see a band in concert for the first time you usually judge them against the quality of their recordings, which can be unfair.

Everything Absent or Distorted @ the Bluebird

[photopress:EAOD.jpg,full,pp_image] Everything Absent or Distorted rocked the pit at the Bluebird Theater last week. Photo by Doug Beam. There are a few things you can count on with Everything Absent or Distorted -- the Denver indie rock outfit that sports as many members as the Brady Bunch (minus that useless housekeeper Alice).