• Darrin Back

Another week, another Mercury music section to flip through while you fill your lungs with the sweet odor of your new pentagram-shaped Slayer air freshener. Huh, it really does smell like Dave Lombardo.

First the North Stars and now this? Minnesota loses out on Haley Bonar, but their loss is Portland's gain. Now if we can only get Mike Modano to relocate here.

Haley Bonar - "Better Half"

Mary Anne Hobbs is the ridiculously talented queen of dubstep. If she gets a royal title, I think I deserve one as well. The Baron of Emo? Uh, nevermind.
The new episode of Hobbs' Radio 1 Experimental Show

43 years ago the Remains headed out on tour with some band from Liverpool. While they never quite made it as big as their tourmates in the Beatles—where's The Remains: Rock Band?—the Boston band is back together and playing a few shows just for the fun of it.

The Remains - "Don't Look Back"

Ólöf Arnalds
proves that not all Icelandic music sounds like Björk, Sigur Rós, or hobbits. Oh, sorry, I meant höbbíts.

Ólöf Arnalds - "Við Og Við"

In this week's local music column: The sad passing of Scotland Barr, Potlatch Presents' instructional cooking videos, the debut release from Brave Records, rock shows at Burgerville, and something called "sound lockets."