Live Reviews

Top Five Sets at SXSW 2010

Shannon Hassett :: Monday, March 22nd, 2010 4:15 pm

The sojourn to Austin has come to a close, and even a rainy New York Monday is not enough to kill the lingering enthusiasm. While I can’t make up for your lack of sunburn, free shows, BBQ or Lone Star (the national beer of Texas — no, seriously), I can give you a rundown of my five favorite sets from the past week. As it turns out, none of them required an official badge or cover charge, so don’t be so quick to project your bank account woes on the bands (at least not the following five). MORE »


One-Question Q&A

Japandroids Explain 7-inch Series

Stephen Blackwell :: Tuesday, March 9th, 2010 3:45 pm

Japandroids are a Canadian band on Polyvinyl. They rule. Here’s what the critics have said about them: “They’ve mastered another secret to swaying the public: confidence without smugness.” (Spin) Sure guys. Whatever you say. Also, they’re playing our SXSW Party.

Tell us about your reissue series. We guess you guys don’t have time to make a new record, huh? MORE »



Today in Music: #lilwaynedeeptweets, Newsom Talks Skivvies

Shannon Hassett :: Monday, March 1st, 2010 5:15 pm

Lil Wayne pulled a Leno and rejoined twitter.

No Age is behind the score for short fashion film Aanteni.

Billboard releases its list of the highest earning musicians of 2009.

Joanna Newsom talks to TIME about her underwear.

Titus Andronicus posts MP3s and will play a benefit show at Red Hook High School.




Our SxSW Party: No Age, Japandroids, Best Coast, and more!

Alex Moore :: Thursday, February 18th, 2010 4:58 pm

Death+Taxes is happy to announce our party at South By Southwest for 2010, presented by Saucony Originals and produced by Rock Steady Music and Waxs. Perfect Pairs - a party to celebrate duos. Featuring:

NO AGE, JAPANDROIDS, BEST COAST, and more, including DJ sets by twin-brother tag team FINGER ON THE PULSE.

Thursday, March 18 at Red Fez (at the corner of W5th Street and Colorado) from 1pm-7pm. RSVP only. RSVP early and get there early, as admission is subject to capacity. RSVP NOW!

And check out the Facebook page as well.



No Age Announces Feb. 7th Secret Benefit Show in LA

Nick Nicoludis :: Thursday, February 4th, 2010 4:05 pm

According to a post on No Age’s blog, they are planning a secret location show somewhere in the Los Angeles area on February 7th at 12 pm. But this isn’t your ordinary secret show, it is a benefit concert. For what you might ask? Cancer. The flier for the event says that it is “a benefit for our friend’s mom” who apparently has cancer. From the looks of it, this seems like it’s going to be a blow out event full of the pretension of seeing a secret show that includes great music, food and drinks, while supporting a good cause. MORE »



Ambush of New Album Announcements

Shannon Hassett :: Friday, January 29th, 2010 1:00 pm

It may have been a slow week with regard to news (unless you’re the sort that found the State of the Union entertaining), but as for music, there were enough new album announcements to tide us over for a year. The artists themselves seemed to be just as excited about the prospects, with a slew of sources publishing interviews and information on the upcoming releases. For your (anticipated) listening pleasure, a summary of the week’s heavier hitters. MORE »



Cyber Sex. Sub Pop. What More Could A Girl Want?

Amy Rose Spiegel :: Wednesday, January 20th, 2010 5:45 pm

Sub Pop’s laying claim to some great bands lately.  They show this off sufficiently in their new Cybersex 2.0 Sampler.  Heralded by a ton of shitty .gifs and (gulp) Comic Sans MS, they provide downloads of this and the Cybersex 1.0 Sampler here.  How perfect is that “rock band” one?  Um, I guess that’s what I picture in my head when I listen to The Ruby Suns… MORE »



Help Save the Jelly NYC Pool Parties

Stephen Blackwell :: Wednesday, November 18th, 2009 3:30 pm

The Jelly NYC Pool Parties are in danger of being shut down. Aside from being a staple of hipsterdom and summertime in New York, they’re some of the greatest concerts the city has to offer.

Apparently this summer the New York State Parks Department has other plans for the East River State Park where the concerts are held. For what it’s worth, Chuck Schumer has our back. If you call him and write to him, he’ll continue relaying the message to the NYSPD in hopes that the Pool Parties will return for 5th year. More details after the jump. MORE »


Issue 22, Magazine

Listen to No Age’s “In Peril” Now!

Stephen Blackwell :: Thursday, November 5th, 2009 3:00 pm

The latest issue of Death+Taxes is bursting with interactive content. All of it’s great, but the cream of the crop is “In Peril” a 30-second track No Age wrote and recorded exclusively for issue 22 of Death+Taxes.

You can listen to the song right now, but you’ll need to embrace technology. Take a picture of the image after the jump and MMS text it to 66268 or email it to [email protected] No Age’s “In Peril” will download to your phone immediately.

You can read the accompanying No Age article here. Listen to “In Peril” now! MORE »



No Age’s “Losing Feeling”

Stephen Blackwell :: Thursday, October 29th, 2009 5:30 pm

To read our interview with No Age about their latest EP, click here. To find out about downloading their unreleased song “In Peril,” which you can only get through Death+Taxes Magazine, click here.

No Age’s “Losing Feeling” [Pitchfork]



Today In Music

Brenna Ehrlich :: Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 2:50 pm

Dolls, No Age commenting on cinema, more cool costumes and one hot girl. Link up.



Feature, Issue 22, Magazine

No Age: Rain Man

Stephen Blackwell :: Wednesday, October 28th, 2009 2:45 pm

In January of 2008, five months before the release of Nouns, I visited No Age in Los Angeles to interview them for the cover of this magazine. I could hear Dean Spunt bashing away on the drums as I rode the freight elevator up to their practice space, a tiny room nestled in the corner of a large warehouse that was built in a part of town epitomizing the other side of the tracks—twenty feet from them, actually. After our introductions the conversation jumped from the salient issue of the day—Heath Ledger had been found dead a few hours before our interview—to punk music, their band, and what exactly these young men made of the buzz circling No Age like a great white.



Issue 22, Magazine

Issue 22 On Stands Now

Stephen Blackwell :: Tuesday, October 20th, 2009 11:44 am

Death+Taxes Issue 22 hits stands nationwide today, featuring Memphis, Tennessee’s Jay Reatard posing in a speedo and a cape on the bank of the Mississippi. But that’s not the only thing special about the issue: The magazine is interactive. You can take pictures of the pages using your cell phone camera, text the pics to us, and you’ll start receiving new content immediately. What kind of content? How about an unreleased No Age song called “In Peril”? Yeah! That kind of content! Here are the directions for how it works.

There’s a ton of interactive content in the issue, featuring Air, Jonathan Ames, Marnie Stern, Wild Beasts, Sufjan Stevens, and more. Go out and grab a copy today.


Issue 22, Magazine

How to Use The New Issue of Death+Taxes

Stephen Blackwell :: Monday, October 19th, 2009 4:41 pm

The next issue of Death+Taxes is on stands now! And it’s a doozy. Not only is it Jay Reatard’s first cover, but the issue has some sweet interactive content waiting for you up in “the cloud.”  To get it, all you’ll need is a cell phone with a camera that can send MMS text messages or e-mail. You got one? Great. Let’s do it. MORE »