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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 6/14/12: The Jesus and Mary Chain Prove Beautifully Confounding at the Fillmore

Live Review, 6/14/12: The Jesus and Mary Chain Prove Beautifully Confounding at the Fillmore

The Jesus and Mary Chain Magic Wands Phantom Ratio Thursday, June 14, 2012 The Fillmore Better than: Any other show with so many mistakes. Last night at the Fillmore, The Jesus and Mary Chain botched the beginning of three…
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Music, All Shook Down Return to Barbarism: The Jesus and Mary Chain's Unforgettable Fury

Return to Barbarism: The Jesus and Mary Chain's Unforgettable Fury

There are stories -- half-lies, probably -- that seem to stir each time the Jesus and Mary Chain pack the van up for another tour. (The band plays the Fillmore tomorrow, June 14.) They tell of the violence that used…
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Music, Hear This A Place to Bury Strangers

A Place to Bury Strangers

It's useless describing A Place to Bury Strangers without mentioning the volume. The New York trio has repeatedly been called that city's loudest band, and it relishes such infamy. That heady crush of noise fits the music all too well,…
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Music, Reviewed Wooden Shjips

Wooden Shjips

On their second album, local boys Wooden Shjips have entirely abandoned the primitive psych of their previous work, opting for glossy production, anthemic choruses, and a seemingly shameless bid for the pop charts. Just kidding, stoners. On Dos, the Shjips…
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Music, Reviewed The Black Angels

The Black Angels

We're well into the dawn of the drone by now. That sultry guitar hum introduced to the punks by the Velvet Underground and blown out to the shoegazers by Spacemen 3 and the Jesus and Mary Chain has, in more…
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Music, Reviewed Atlas Sound

Atlas Sound

Before his powerhouse band Deerhunter went on hiatus last fall, Bradford Cox had already retreated into his bedroom to craft his solo debut as Atlas Sound. Even though he's assembled a band to tour behind it, Let the Blind ...…
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Music, Magnetic Fields: Stephin Merritt Goes Heavy on the Deadpan

Magnetic Fields: Stephin Merritt Goes Heavy on the Deadpan

Ethan Frome. What a terrible book. Edith Wharton's bleak novella tells the tale of its doomed titular "hero," who, in an effort to do the right thing, marries Zeena, the woman who nursed his mother on her deathbed. He then…
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Music, Almost Gold

Almost Gold

When the Jesus and Mary Chain played its first show in London in 1984, the band wasn't exactly proficient. Douglas Hart had to remove two strings of his bass so he could actually play his instrument. William Reid was so…
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Music, Reviewed Numbers

Numbers

Once the darlings of the arty dance-rock set, the Bay Area's Numbers thunder into brave new territory on their latest disc, Now You Are This. Although the band is still groovy as hell, their new album is heavy with Jesus…
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Music, Uneasy Riders

Uneasy Riders

"I took out a loan on my empty heart, babe. I took out a loan for my patient soul." Not the most celebratory opening lines from a fairly successful band. But that's the set-up guiding you into the intro "Took…
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Music, Let's Get Killed Getting zoned with Psychic Ills

Getting zoned with Psychic Ills

Call it attack of the drones, but left-field rock is getting downright hypnotic. Skyscraping walls of shoegazing sound aren't just getting constantly re-erected; they're lulling listeners into blissful comas through low guitar hums and druggy pop sediment. On one side…
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Music, Reviewed Shout Out Louds

Shout Out Louds

For some reason the Northern Europeans -- the Scandinavians, the British Islanders -- seem more adept at the concept of euphoric misery than us. Following in the footsteps of such enthusiastic mopes as the Smiths and the Cure, Sweden's Shout…
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Music, Reviewed Jake Fairley

Jake Fairley

When considering the divided nature of America, the "red states versus blue states" model is just the beginning. With guitars in the ascendant and DJs fighting for hard-won turf, the tussle between rockers and ravers is shaping up to be…
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Music, Reviewed The Jesus and MaryChain/Oasis

The Jesus and MaryChain/Oasis

Back in the early '80s, the Jesus and Mary Chain set the pace for the über-cool, guitar-heavy British indie scene with a series of confrontationally shambolic singles, including the classics "Upside Down" and "Never Understand." The ever-contentious Scottish siblings Jim…
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