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Music, All Shook Down Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands You Should Not Miss

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass: 10 Bands You Should Not Miss

San Francisco's annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass festival is kind of like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. You could pick any number of themes to select the acts you want to see -- old punk pioneers, roots music up-and-comers, etc.-- and follow one…
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Music, Hear This Stacy's Mom vs. Yolanda at the DMV counter

Stacy's Mom vs. Yolanda at the DMV counter

Japan's Mono balances the feral and the fastidious. On previous albums, the post-rock quartet has released oppressive swarms of claustrophobic guitar, bass, and drums, sounding as majestic as it was malevolent. The group explored themes of dystopia and disconnection within…
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Listen Up, Listen Up Feature The Sheltered Hipster's Guide to Getting the Slim Jimmy

The Sheltered Hipster's Guide to Getting the Slim Jimmy

The problem: Indie slicksters, practically by definition, do not get much slick. You know, action. Thus, the question: How, oh how, to fix this? Which led to: Well, shit. If anyone can help them it's Eugene Robinson, the hulking, skulking,…
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Tom Waits Mule Variations (Epitaph) Tom Waits coined the word "surrural" to describe the music contained on his 14th studio recording. And it is true that Mule Variations fuses the surreal with the rural -- but Waits forgot to mention…
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