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Music, Hear This The Crust Rises to the Top

The Crust Rises to the Top

In the late '70s, Amebix was one of the first to meld together punk and metal, and has been cited as an influence by such acts as Sepultura and Neurosis. On No Sanctuary, The Spiderleg Recordings — a recent collection…
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Music, Reviewed Gojira

Gojira

France may not be the international hotbed for metal, but the extreme French quartet Gojira has emerged as one of the genre's leading lights. On the brutal, esoteric The Way of All Flesh, guitarist and vocalist Joe Duplantier and drummer…
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Music, Reviewed The Shining

The Shining

There's nothing surprising anymore about the cross-pollination of jazzbos gigging with rockers and laptoppers, especially in the mutation-friendly music scene of Oslo, Norway (see: Jaga Jazzist, Supersilent). But it's rare to hear a band that exposes the fissures. While this…
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House of Tudor

I can't imagine a more misleading name than Grant Lee Buffalo. The moniker connotes some turquoise-festooned troubadour singing rustic songs about the Confederacy -- hardly the opulent pop songs for which GLB have become beloved. On their fourth full-length release,…
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Recordings

Various Artists Sanctuary: 20 Years of Windham Hill (Windham Hill) Here it is -- the easiest target of the year: a retrospective of the premier label for that oft-maligned, ill-defined genre, New Age. Like laser-sighting a manatee in a spittoon.…
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The Afghan Whigs Black Love (Elektra) As far as contrived personas go, Greg Dulli's reputation as an erstwhile soul man isn't particularly newsworthy, or offensive, or even all that surprising. His cultural inputs -- the records he owns, the movies…
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