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Music, Hear This Why?

Why?

As his art-pop ensemble's name — WHY? — would suggest, Yoni Wolf began recording as a riddle wrapped in a mystery. When he started out collaborating with odd nosdam and doseone, his work embodied the Anticon/Mush Records aesthetic of ambient…
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Music, Reviewed Silver Jews

Silver Jews

From Hank Williams to Toby Keith, country music hangs its Stetson on clever wordplay. Quirky turns of phrase like the Statler Brothers' "You Can't Have Your Kate and Edith Too" and Johnny Cash's "A Boy Named Sue" rendered heartache in…
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Music, Uneasy Rider

Uneasy Rider

For most bands, touring is the lifeblood that sustains the art. Besides providing the creative outlet and vibrant energy of performing songs you've spent weeks crafting in a studio, the road is often home to the real money. David Berman…
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Music, OK Then

Partying Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Ladies and gentlemen, I would like at this moment to announce that I will be retiring from this program in two weeks' time, because of poor ratings. Since this show was the only thing I had going for me in…
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Music, Reviewed Silver Jews

Silver Jews

To understand the novelistic genius of the Silver Jews, choose any of the band's albums and listen to the first line. On the sparkling '90s pop masterpiece American Water, it's "In 1984, I was hospitalized for approaching perfection." The lo-fi…
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Music, Reviewed Continuous Peasant

Continuous Peasant

Every poet wants to sing, but how does it feel, at 40, to arrive in the Bay Area with your first album? Can you swallow your age, unsure if tonight's the night? Meet Chris Stroffolino, worried man on vocals and…
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