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Music, All Shook Down Last Week: Charlie XCX's "F Word", Adele's B-Word and Pearl Jam's Virginity

Last Week: Charlie XCX's "F Word", Adele's B-Word and Pearl Jam's Virginity

Everyone's gone super-political this week (except Courtney Love, naturally). We saw Killer Mike biggin' up Bernie Sanders and RZA backing Hillary Clinton. We heard Thom Yorke talking shit about Tony Blair and watched MIA's refugee-focused video, as well as…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kurt vs. Courtney, Jay Z vs. Drake, and Everyone vs. Donald Sterling

This Week: Kurt vs. Courtney, Jay Z vs. Drake, and Everyone vs. Donald Sterling

"Do you Kurt Cobain take Courtney Michelle Love to be your lawful shredded wife even when she's a b**ch with zits and siphoning all yr money for Doping and whoring"Seattle Police have released a note they found in Kurt Cobain's…
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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Coachella Sucks, Snoop Kills, and Damon Albarn Gets a Spoon Up The Butt

This Week: Coachella Sucks, Snoop Kills, and Damon Albarn Gets a Spoon Up The Butt

"NEON BRA AND FLOWER ON THE HEAD WITH SOME MUSTY ASS SHORTS IS EVERY BITCH HERE ITS SO CRAZY"Tyler the Creator coming to terms with the fact that Coachella crowd stereotypes are 100% true (Twitter)."When I see photos of bros…
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Music, All Shook Down Blur Hates America: Damon Albarn's Five Biggest Lyrical Digs at U.S. Culture

Blur Hates America: Damon Albarn's Five Biggest Lyrical Digs at U.S. Culture

Today, Blur frontman Damon Albarn concerns himself with 16th-century alchemists, playing music in the aisles of speeding commuter trains, and how obnoxious those 2012 Olympic bed linen sets and pictogram aprons truly are. We here in the States know what…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Kronos Quartet

What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: Kronos Quartet

Kronos Quartet's 4 Fences @ Z SpaceIt's no stretch to call the Kronos Quartet iconic; the string foursome's very name has become shorthand for visionary, genre-blind exploration. And rightly so. Its lineup changing ever so gradually over the past 38…
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Calendar, Night&Day En Garde!

En Garde!

It’s no stretch to call the Kronos Quartet iconic; the string foursome’s very name has become shorthand for visionary, genre-blind exploration. And rightly so. Its lineup changing ever so gradually over the past 38 years, Kronos has pursued high-profile collaborations…
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Music, BeatBox Casiotone for the Painfully Invisible

Casiotone for the Painfully Invisible

If the Casiotone-and-guitar-laden dance pop on the Black Ghosts' debut doesn't sound like the work of newcomers, it's because members Theo Keating and Simon Lord hail from popular U.K .groups the Wiseguys and Simian, respectively. That clout helped these Ghosts…
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Music, Something Like a Menomena

Something Like a Menomena

"So ... do I get permission to act like a really moody, temperamental artist now?" asks Menomena's Brent Knopf with one of many happy-go-lucky laughs. The amiable singer/guitarist/keyboardist isn't sure how to respond to the fact his Portland, Ore., trio…
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Music, Reviewed V/A

V/A

Cementing his role as a David Byrne-style sonic curator for the 21st century, Damon Albarn's love for African music gets translated in these two sets of Nigerian Afropop on his Honest Jon's imprint. The comps dabble in swinging, ebullient highlife…
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Music, Reviewed Gorillaz

Gorillaz

I'll admit I was stumped when I first saw the iPod commercial featuring "Feel Good Inc.," from Gorillaz's new Demon Days. That lazy Britpop vocal sounded so familiar atop the pretty acoustic strumming, and yet I couldn't place it. Then,…
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Music, Reviewed Fatboy Slim

Fatboy Slim

As much as you may hate to admit it, Fatboy Slim is a genius. From his own sampledelic songs to his slamming remixes, the British producer has an uncanny knack for making people sweat it on the dance floor. The…
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Music, Reviewed Blur

Blur

On "Ambulance," the opening track of Blur's first album in four years, Damon Albarn sings, "I ain't got nothing to be scared of," over low, eerie strings and a hymnal choir. But in the months leading up to Think Tank's…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

The Honest Jon's label -- launched by the U.K. record shop of the same name and co-owned by none other than Blur's Damon Albarn -- has built an eclectic roster over the course of its initial three releases. First came…
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Music, Reviewed Mali Music

Mali Music

Without ever hearing the record, it would be easy to scorn Damon Albarn's Mali Music project. The Blur frontman traveled to West Africa toting a "battered" melodica, jammed with some of Mali's premier musicians, and then returned to his London…
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The Great Escape

The last time Blur came to town, I inadvertently found myself attending Bimbo's post-gig party. There I stood at the bar, unhappily sandwiched between Blur's Alex James and Graham Coxon, both clearly hammered beyond conversation, even to my less-than-sober eye.…
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