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Music, Stop Hating She & Him Already

Stop Hating She & Him Already

Let's be honest: She & Him are an extremely hateable duo. Had Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward quit recording after their first album, Volume 1, they would have remained cool in a lot more eyes ­— if only because one…
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Music, Hear This M. Ward: Show Preview

M. Ward: Show Preview

If you've only ever heard of M. Ward within the context of his sharing a band with Zooey Deschanel (the retro-minded She & Him), do yourself a favor and catch his solo performance this week. Seven albums in — his…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pairing

Pairing

Usually, when a male and a female singer decide to collaborate, they choose a partner who's vastly different from themselves. Think Lee Hazlewood's deep baritone sweetened by Nancy Sinatra's arid croon, Isobel Campbell's breathy chirp grounded by Mark Lanegan's deep…
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Music, She and Him offer a second volume of new oldies

She and Him offer a second volume of new oldies

Film producer Peter Newman, whose résumé includes The Squid and the Whale and a 1996 Dennis Hopper movie called Space Truckers, once told Variety that one of the biggest problems in producing Penelope Spheeris' postponed Janis Joplin biopic was finding…
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Music, Reviewed M. Ward

M. Ward

It's a tricky thing, dissecting M. Ward's new album — it can't possibly stack up against 2006's Post-War, where every track felt like a classic. But Hold Time does show Ward expanding his production skills; the bustling girl-group sound here…
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Calendar, Night&Day M. Ward: <i>Hold Time</i> (Merge)

M. Ward: Hold Time (Merge)

It’s a tricky thing, dissecting M. Ward’s new album — it can’t possibly stack up against 2006’s Post-War, where every track felt like a classic. But Hold Time does show Ward expanding his production skills; the bustling girl-group sound here…
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Music, Reviewed Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis

It's a challenge calling Jenny Lewis a true solo artist. Her first outing without Rilo Kiley featured accompaniment by the Watson Twins. Her second foray, Acid Tongue, has so many collaborators it almost doesn't qualify as a Jenny Lewis disc…
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Music, Brave New World

Brave New World

Hippies, though admirable and well intentioned, often compensate for their excellent politics with profoundly lousy art. Which is a real bummer, as our current political situation is profoundly lousy — as you might have heard, we're living through one epic…
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