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Music, All Shook Down This Week: Kesha vs. Dr. Luke, Iggy vs. Snoop, Azealia Banks vs. Ebola

This Week: Kesha vs. Dr. Luke, Iggy vs. Snoop, Azealia Banks vs. Ebola

"So many of them that are about me. Most of Siamese Dream is about me. I think they put it on... There's a song called "Bodies" that's on Melon Collie. And then there's "Today"... and there's "Tonight Tonight"... Then…
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Music, All Shook Down Depeche Mode Is Playing Shoreline: Here Are 5 Depressing Songs to Get You in the Mood

Depeche Mode Is Playing Shoreline: Here Are 5 Depressing Songs to Get You in the Mood

When thinking about bands with exaggeratedly depressing lyrics, most people jump straight to The Smiths or Joy Division, forgetting all about the dark lording that's been going on in Depeche Mode for the last few decades. Which is particularly absurd…
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Music, Hear This Depeche Mode: Show Preview

Depeche Mode: Show Preview

Like pumpkin-spice lattes and questionable flavors of Oreos (candy corn, we're looking at you), a Depeche Mode tour brings a feeling of old-fashioned but newfangled comfort. Expect modern LCD walls backing familiar sexual brooding and electro-blues, as The Boys from…
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Music, Meet the New Morrissey: Twin Shadow (Capably) Summons Reagan-Era Pop

Meet the New Morrissey: Twin Shadow (Capably) Summons Reagan-Era Pop

It's hard to blame music writers for so frequently using "Twin Shadow" and "the 1980s" in the same sentence. In the roughly one year since George Lewis Jr.'s solo project turned four-piece caught the attention of critics, Twin Shadow has…
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Music, BeatBox Recoil: Show Preview

Recoil: Show Preview

Recoil is the brainchild of producer Alan Wilder, best known for his 15-year stint as one of the key souls behind the synthesizers in Depeche Mode. Wilder has been plugging away at Recoil since 1986, and recently released Selected, a…
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Music, All Shook Down Depeche Mode Cancels Tonight's Shoreline Show

Depeche Mode Cancels Tonight's Shoreline Show

Depeche Mode announced that they have to cancel tonight's concert at Shoreline after doctors told front man Dave Gahan that he's gotta, ahem, enjoy the silence for a couple days. The singer can't go on belting them out night after…
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Music, Hear This Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode's dusky electro-pop triggers the question, "Is this what Joy Division would have sounded like had Ian Curtis not ended up swinging from something?" Oh sure, Martin Gore's Romantic-influenced poetry was often strained, the domestic darkness the band spun…
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Music, BeatBox Our Body Music, Ourselves

Our Body Music, Ourselves

If music were a computer system, the industrial subgenre called E.B.M. (Electronic Body Music) would be verging on the dreaded "blue screen of death," i.e., total debilitating freeze-up. That's why groups like Spetsnaz are rebooting their machines to revive the…
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Music, BeatBox Zion-I get "Paid" again

Zion-I get "Paid" again

Influential industrial act Nitzer Ebb outsnarled one-time tourmates Depeche Mode in terms of intensity and groove, but it never had the same crossover success as its compatriots. Singer/shouter Douglas McCarthy and drummer/knob-twiddler Bon Harris formed the group as teenagers and…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

There's little doubt that Sire Records is deserving of the box-set treatment. Co-founder Seymour Stein had an uncanny knack for signing punk, pop, new wave, dance, shoegazer, and altcountry acts that were destined to make great, groundbreaking albums, or at…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Yes, it was frustrating when we learned that KMFDM stood for "Kein Mitleid Für Die Mehrheit" (translation: "No Pity for the Majority") instead of "Kill Mother Fucking Depeche Mode," as the rumors had promised us for so long. It was…
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Music, Reviewed Evening

Evening

It's often comforting when an album delves into our record-collection subconscious, and Evening's Other Victorians is one that leaves listeners pleasantly haunted by their musical pasts. It dredges up fond memories of old favorites -- say, Depeche Mode or OK…
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Music, Reviewed Xiu Xiu

Xiu Xiu

The first thing you hear when you put on Fabulous Muscles, the third full-length from Oakland's Xiu Xiu, is a couple of giggly synths burbling over skittish drumming. It sounds like tweaky circus music. "Oh," you think, "a fun-time happy…
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Music, The Wrath of Gahan

The Wrath of Gahan

Dave Gahan doesn't want your sympathy. Yes, he nearly died from a drug overdose at the swank Sunset Marquis hotel in 1995, and yes, he was arrested by the Los Angeles police on drug charges for that same incident, during…
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REAL ASTROLOGY For an Unreal World

Aries (March 21-April 19): The word "school" comes from schole, the ancient Greek word for "leisure." Judging by this etymology, we might surmise that Athenian time-travelers from 300 B.C. would be perplexed by our desire to kill our free time…
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Hear This

The VSS They say there was a time when punk rock could offend an audience. These days that's difficult to digest. With punk appropriated by television jingles and marching bands, what once confronted and agitated now soothes like a crate…
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