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Music, Deafheaven: How an S.F. Duo Made the Breakthrough Metal Album of the Year

Deafheaven: How an S.F. Duo Made the Breakthrough Metal Album of the Year

Six months ago, no one would've pegged San Francisco's Deafheaven as a likely juggernaut on the national heavy-music scene. Though its 2011 debut Roads to Judah was powerful, Deafheaven's blend of scabrous black metal and morose post-rock was definitely an…
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Music, Hear This Girl in a Coma: Show Preview

Girl in a Coma: Show Preview

Smart" is the fourth track on Girl in a Coma's new album, Exits and All the Rest, but it's the first time the record feels like it was made by a band practically named after a Smiths song. Before that,…
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Music, Meet the New Morrissey: Twin Shadow (Capably) Summons Reagan-Era Pop

Meet the New Morrissey: Twin Shadow (Capably) Summons Reagan-Era Pop

It's hard to blame music writers for so frequently using "Twin Shadow" and "the 1980s" in the same sentence. In the roughly one year since George Lewis Jr.'s solo project turned four-piece caught the attention of critics, Twin Shadow has…
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Music, Janice Whaley Reimagines the Smiths Catalog A Cappella

Janice Whaley Reimagines the Smiths Catalog A Cappella

"Shyness is nice, and shyness can stop you from doing all the things in life you'd like to." So sings Janice Whaley on her ambitious new six-disc box set. Those immortal words were, of course, written by Morrissey for the…
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Music, Morrissey’s memorable concert cancellations

Morrissey’s memorable concert cancellations

Longtime Morrissey fans know the drill. Reports of a new album prompt cautious optimism about a return to his Smiths and/or early solo form, which is soon replaced by the declaration, "Well, at least it's better than Maladjusted." Then a…
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Calendar, Night&Day Friends, Not Food

Friends, Not Food

Hmm, wonder whether Morrissey has plans to visit the World Veg Festival Weekend? Is it mere coincidence that Mr. "Meat Is Murder" performs immediately prior to the huge pro-legume fest? Alas, the beloved former singer for the Smiths is moving…
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