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Music, Reviewed The Horrors

The Horrors

Whereas 2007's Strange House found the Horrors meeting the Cramps and the Ramones halfway while singing about Jack the Ripper, its follow-up finds the English youngsters trading in their scrappy verve for atmospheric brooding. Here the Horrors look for inspiration…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Bellavista: Back in Vue

Bellavista: Back in Vue

I've spent the last couple weeks purposely detached from dissecting music. Sipping vino tinto and feasting on Pacu on a Buenos Aires vacation, the only reminders of my day job came when that goddamn blogger-beloved Peter Bjorn and John jingle…
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Music, Reviewed The Twilight Sad

The Twilight Sad

A couple months back the Twilight Sad quietly released its self-titled debut to minor, scattered acclaim. Unless you happened to have caught one of the Scottish group's smattering of East Coast shows (including a three-week November residency at Piano's in…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Bittersweet Symphonies:Popscene's decade of Anglophile adoration

Bittersweet Symphonies:Popscene's decade of Anglophile adoration

Consider how much your music taste has changed over the past decade. I know I've been through a half-dozen different genre courtships. But in the mid-'90s I was pretty crushed out on Brit pop, pining for the likes of Suede,…
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Music, Shifty Kids

Shifty Kids

Listening to Capture/Release, the full-length debut of Brit bonhomie quartet the Rakes, it's hard to nail down the band's M.O. Arty, fashionable post-punk? Literate, bookish noir rock? Lager-fueled, hard-cussing pub grunge? The record is inconclusive; these well-dressed blokes are masters…
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Music, Time for Torture

Time for Torture

The two years since the Walkmen released their critically hailed second album, Bows + Arrows? Pure joy. The New York City band enjoyed every bit of a lengthy world tour, and along the way, the five members — singer-guitarist Hamilton…
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Music, Hear This It's a big fucking deal all over again

It's a big fucking deal all over again

You can't really call this season we're in "summer" until the city's major radio stations host an outdoor audio orgy to kick things off in style. So here's Live 105 stepping up to the amphitheater with its annual BFD extravaganza.…
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Music, Hocus-Pocus

Hocus-Pocus

Honesty and rock 'n' roll have always enjoyed an uneasy truce. For every group that bleeds sincerity there's another that revels in absurdity. Elefant, fronted by the purposely flamboyant Diego Garcia, further blurs the line, incorporating theatrical flair into notoriously…
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Music, Reviewed We Are Scientists

We Are Scientists

This band should be called We Are the Bravest of Interpol's Hot Hot Killers. Or maybe We Are Not Very Good Lyricists. But more than likely it'll be called MTV2's Best New Artist or Blender's Band of the Year or…
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Music, Meet the New Boss

Meet the New Boss

Over the last couple of years, we've heard from a succession of new groups that sound a lot like old groups. We've seen the new Joy Division (Interpol), the new Jam (Futureheads), and the new T. Rex (Devendra Banhart). Hell,…
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Music, Reviewed Hockey Night

Hockey Night

The best Pavement rip-off this year isn't Steve Malkmus' latest solo effort. Instead, the honor goes to Hockey Night, a New York-via-Minneapolis collective. The quartet's sophomore release has all the markings of Sacto's favorite sons: the serpentine song structures, the…
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Music, I, Shit

I, Shit

Critics are full of shit, and we know it. It's actually part of our job description: "Must be able to turn own waste into prettily phrased collection of buzzwords and underused adjectives." It's also in the rock star job description:…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Buzz bands from both coasts converge on the bay this weekend to sate the hipster appetite for distraction. L.A.'s Moving Units worship at the altar of Robert Smith, injecting their very of-the-moment dance rock with a fat dose of post-punk.…
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Music, Hear This Hear This

Hear This

Standing motionless with your arms crossed at indie rock shows is soooo two years ago. New York's Radio 4 , along with bands like Interpol and the Faint, wants to make rocking out cool again by mixing an indie ethos…
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Music, Reviewed Frausdots

Frausdots

In the mid-'90s, scads of U.K. guitar bands began looking toward America -- Southern California, especially -- for inspiration, and many a shoegazer or Britpop act started country-folkin' up its sound after a literal or psychic trip to the Joshua…
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Music, Bouncer

Bouncer

So my day job is working with developmentally disabled adults, getting them out into the community, getting them jobs, getting them some self-esteem, getting them drunk. OK, not that last part. Well, kind of that last part. You see, my…
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Year End,

OK Then, 2004!

For music lovers, 2004 offered an odd parallel: As our country's future grew darker and darker, music -- both popular and underground -- became increasingly inspired, making for what ultimately turned out to be a great year for the stuff,…
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Music, OK Then

OK Then, 2004!

For music lovers, 2004 offered an odd parallel: As our country's future grew darker and darker, music -- both popular and underground -- became increasingly inspired, making for what ultimately turned out to be a great year for the stuff,…
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Music, Bouncer

Bouncer

We were debating whether or not she was Paris Hilton. She was long and thin with a neat ponytail down her back and a brimmed hat pulled rakishly over one eye. She brushed by me in painted jeans. She had…
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Music, OK Then

OK Then

There has got to be a silver lining to all of this, right? I mean, there has to be. It can't all be bad. Yes, Porky Dumbfuck won. Yes, our entire federal government is swinging wildly right. Yes, Dumbfuck thinks…
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