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Music, Breaking With the Safety Dance

Breaking With the Safety Dance

The dance-punk movement has received plenty of flak since its resurgence at the turn of this nascent century. Part of the problem is that it's easy to make this kind of music ... poorly. The mild successes of bands like…
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Music, Reviewed Numbers

Numbers

Several years back, American soil sprouted hundreds of indie groups reviving the angular, disco-punk sound of the early '80s. During their 15 seconds of fame, groups like the Rapture and the Gossip regurgitated a handful of 20-year-old dance grooves for…
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Music, Reviewed Mclusky

Mclusky

They mine the brooding, rhythmic urgency of bands like Gang of Four and the Fall. Their guitar playing wallows in Fugazi-esque robust minimalism. They shriek like the Sex Pistols. They give their songs absurd titles like "Without MSG I Am…
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Blood on the Career Tracks

Gang of Four 100 Flowers Bloom (Rhino) Gang of Four wrote protest music for people who didn't think they had anything to protest. On the surface, the characters in their songs were the very definition of happy, satisfied folk: office…
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Beck Odelay (Geffen) Head and Leg In Your Dreams (Seeland) Collage, that most 20th-century of art forms, gets talked about as a consensus -- a meeting of disparate objects or voices that congeal into some utopian whole. But collage really…
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