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Music, Hear This Why?

Why?

As his art-pop ensemble's name — WHY? — would suggest, Yoni Wolf began recording as a riddle wrapped in a mystery. When he started out collaborating with odd nosdam and doseone, his work embodied the Anticon/Mush Records aesthetic of ambient…
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Music, Hear This A tribute to the "James Brown of Nigeria"; Robert Pollard inaugurates the Year of the Liver

A tribute to the "James Brown of Nigeria"; Robert Pollard inaugurates the Year of the Liver

For almost four years, L.A.'s Afrobeat Down has dedicated itself to celebrating the life of Fela Kuti, the notorious "James Brown of Nigeria" who crafted the sound known as Afrobeat. Not content to be just a cover band, the group…
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Calendar, Performance Kick the Habits

Kick the Habits

WED-SUN 10/15-19 Sometime during the years between Freud and the Summer of Love, our Pilgrim-founded country, trying to reconcile its citizens' basic human urges with the contrived Pollyanna-type repression society demanded, produced some wholly bizarre nonfiction about the act of…
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Music, Reviewed Guided by Voices

Guided by Voices

What if we crapped immediately after we ate? An English muffin and a glass of orange juice. Crap. A bowl of pudding. Crap. An almond. Crap. Fortunately, we save up our digested food and then lay down a giant log…
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Modesto Calling: A Critical Guide to Noise Pop

Pavement's Stockton-bred success story wasn't a fluke. Recently, a number of bands from Northern California's Central Valley have been semiquietly perfecting a rock style that owes as much to rural country and folk as it does to the clinical precision…
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Reviews

Robert Pollard Waved Out (Matador) After a few dozen albums, EPs, singles, and lineup changes, this much has become clear about Guided by Voices: Bee Thousand, the band's breakthrough 1994 album, was a fluke, a brave and guileless collision of…
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Recordings

Guided by Voices Mag Earwhig! (Matador) For 15 albums or so, Robert Pollard has been the honcho behind the thirtysomething, Dayton, Ohio, Brit-invasion-style, lo-fi pop ensemble Guided by Voices. After a recent and fairly decent solo effort (in conjunction with/response…
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Recordings

Guided by Voices Under the Bushes Under the Stars (Matador) Last year's Next Big Thing, Guided by Voices made it kinda medium-big at least, attracting a devoted cult following and sparking a critical buzz duly followed by a backlash.…
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