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Music, Reviewed Basia Bulat

Basia Bulat

Think of Basia Bulat as one woman's answer to Antony and the Johnsons. The honeyed melodies and romantic melancholia contrived by the Canadian songwriter echo New York's premier chamber crooner in cinematic peaks and minimal valleys. Her song "Snakes and…
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Music, Bringing It All Back Home

Bringing It All Back Home

Blame it all — the preponderance of acoustic guitars, unicorns, and beards in current popular culture — on Devendra Banhart. Of course, without the hirsute freak folker and his enduring influence, we'd also be without the recent parade of unbelievably…
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Music, Reviewed Beth Orton

Beth Orton

For her fourth solo album, British singer Beth Orton — whose early career was all about merging techno and trip hop with Nick Drake-inspired folk — teamed up with producer/musician Jim O'Rourke, best known for weirding up albums by Wilco,…
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Music, Reviewed Beth Orton

Beth Orton

Beth Orton has largely eschewed the spotlight during the four years since her last album, Daybreaker, making it all the more surprising that she spent just two weeks recording the follow-up, the startlingly minimalist Comfort of Strangers. It's an uncanny…
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Music, Reviewed Joe Ely

Joe Ely

Anyone interested in the genesis of the so-called altcountry or Americana genres ought to investigate this Joe Ely fellow. In 1977, just as country music's "outlaw movement" was reaching its peak, Ely emerged from Texas with his lean melding of…
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Music, Reviewed Various Artists

Various Artists

The New York-based dance label Ultra excels at neat summations of current electronic-music fads: Its recent electroclash compilation, Ultra. 80's vs. Electro, pitted young nü wavers like Chicks on Speed and Fischerspooner against their stalwart antecedents, and its new trance…
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Music, Hear This The Week's Can't-Miss Performance

The Week's Can't-Miss Performance

Princess Superstar is the queen bee of hip hop comedy, a rhyme-wielding satirist with a cartoonishly inflated ego and libido. While Superstar -- nee Concetta Kirshner -- may look like a foxier Donatella Versace, she's no spoiled royalty. Raised on…
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Beth Orton Perhaps a few words from the liner notes to Beth Orton's beautiful Trailer Park contain the key to understanding the British folkie's work: "One more thing ...," the singer/guitarist writes. "Gender is just an excuse, relationships shouldn't be…
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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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