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Music, Hear This How to Dress Well: Show Preview

How to Dress Well: Show Preview

Tom Krell has put up a smokescreen with the two albums he's released as How to Dress Well: 2010's Love Remains and this autumn's Total Loss. There are the silky hat-tips to '80s R&B, the quasi-crypto album covers, and the…
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Music, Hear This Van Hunt: Show Preview

Van Hunt: Show Preview

Two years ago, Maxwell drew widespread hysteria from R&B nerds when he released the sleekly sexy BLACKsummers'night. R. Kelly's back-to-basics Love Letter was greeted with critical raves last winter. Yet somehow the equally soulful Van Hunt remains overlooked. That wasn't…
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Music, Hear This Maximized Babymaking

Maximized Babymaking

Demand for Maxwell the sex symbol has always been hungrier than the demand for Maxwell the soul crooner. This is despite the man's buttery-smooth tone and babymaking music. Fans may reverse their attitude over the next year, though, as Maxwell…
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Folsom Street Flair

With the exception of the chilled-out scene at El Bobo, the bars on Folsom near 11th tend to suck. Instead, do your thing on 11th Street proper (Butter, Paradise Lounge) or continue down Folsom towards the lower numbers, into the…
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The Monorchid Who Put Out the Fire? (Touch and Go) The existential angst of ineffectual white males is well past new or interesting. The flood of emotional navel-gazing drenching the world of indie rock is a scourge of banal personal…
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Recordings

Verbena Souls for Sale (Merge) Here's some advice for a record exec working at an entertainment conglomerate (and worrying a bit, in the face of all this Britronica, about the state of American Rawk, and how that trickles down to…
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