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The Sounds of Sweden

When talking indie band popularity these days, the old yardsticks get rubbery. Your lil' bloggin' sis is already tired of I'm From Barcelona, and that act probably sold 713 records. So should this meager mention of the perfectly peppy Euro…
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Music, Reviewed Betty Davis

Betty Davis

Betty Davis spent the 1970s setting a towering standard for future freak-funk broads. Her strong come-ons in the growly vox department could still scare modern wannafucks back to the Stone Age. The brief, volatile relationship with her then-hubby Miles Davis…
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Music, Reviewed Broken West

Broken West

Of the somewhat retrograde pop moodsters on Merge's roster these days, Broken West offers the least concessions to any modern "updating." The band's sound is a retro confection cooked with five parts Big Star, three parts Byrds, and a pinch…
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Music, Reviewed Heartless Bastards

Heartless Bastards

Seeing that the attention span for band development is at an all-time low, it's jarring to hear a group artfully pushing its sound forward. In that context, the leap Cincinnati's Heartless Bastards have taken from their 2005 debut (Stairs and…
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Music, Reviewed Slumber Party

Slumber Party

This Detroit idea (leader Aliccia Berg is the only original member) has been going for eight years now, swooning by on REM sleep-phase lullabies that meander but successfully weave in '60's girl-group longing and coy indie sex appeal. It's never…
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Hear This

The New Bomb Turks The New Bomb Turks, an Ohio-based punkabilly band, are known for whiskey-soaked rants, sledgehammer chords, and loud, fast rules. As they've proved over the past six years, bad attitudes and wanton vulgarity are as old as…
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