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Music, Reviewed Lichens; White/Lichens

Lichens; White/Lichens

Lichens is Chicago musician Rob Lowe, whom you may know from his stints in 90 Day Men and a very popular band from New York City that's often compared to the Pixies and Peter Gabriel. Those are fine groups and…
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Music, French Kicks

French Kicks

Dance music is going through a boom period. Literally. Labels like Kitsuné, DFA, and Institubes are giving clubbers and DJs more crank for their currency with a brand of track-making that emphasizes gnarly textures, confrontational attitude, boisterous beats, and thrusting…
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Music, The Astute Aussie

The Astute Aussie

White. Female. Australian. Rapper. These words rarely appear in the same sentence. But with the debut album by Macromantics (Romy Hoffman), Moments in Movement, this alien concept blossoms into vibrant, verbose life. The disc (released in January by Kill Rock…
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Music, Reviewed Clinic

Clinic

Disenchanted Clinic fans may think Revisitation is a better title for the Liverpool band's fourth album. Accusations of sonic repetition increased following 2004's Winchester Cathedral, and they'll surely continue apace with Visitations' release. While there's truth to these claims, Clinic's…
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Music, Reviewed Psychic Ills

Psychic Ills

In 2006 no rock album spent more time augmenting my headspace than Psychic Ills' Dins. The Brooklyn quartet updated the heat-blasted, exploratory psychedelia of Texan '60s legends 13th Floor Elevators and the Red Krayola while leaving no cheesy aftertaste. What…
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Music, Hear This Seattle art rock climax

Seattle art rock climax

Two of the Bay Area's more notable experimental rock upstarts are celebrating new releases this Friday. KIT is a quartet that wields guitars and sing-song female vocals to create spastic pop that's surprisingly catchy, as evidenced by the band's debut…
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Music, Hear This Sonic Boom burrows into the inner E.A.R.

Sonic Boom burrows into the inner E.A.R.

It's fitting that Helmet recently completed a string of dates opening for Guns N' Roses: Frontman Page Hamilton might be post-hardcore's version of Axl Rose, having reconstituted his long-running, highly influential band with a bunch of hired guns after a…
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Music, Senses Burning Overtime

Senses Burning Overtime

Seemingly more of a cult with ever-morphing lineups than a rock band proper, Indian Jewelry taps into psychedelia's darker, more tribalistic veins with often equilibrium-upsetting results. Starting life in Houston as Swarm of Angels, Indian Jewelry "began in a shitstorm…
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Music, Hear This The subtle arithmetic of My Morning Jacket

The subtle arithmetic of My Morning Jacket

Imagine leaving an iconic-during-its-heyday band — jazz pianist McCoy Tyner did exactly that, departing the John Coltrane Quartet in the mid-1960s. With his pioneering, harrowing style, Coltrane was virtually deified, but his overall methodology — increasingly "out," way beyond conventional…
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Music, It Was a Year Of ...

It Was a Year Of ...

In case you haven't been paying attention, we're here to remind you that it's that time again. As December gets tossed away like so many holiday cocktail napkins, we critics are busy making our ultra-scientific, down-to-the-last-decibel-point-ratings, you-know-you-just-loved-the-new-Hold Steady-record lists for…
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Music, Hear This Punk rockers raid your mom's record collection

Punk rockers raid your mom's record collection

Austin's Peter and the Wolf is fronted by one Red Hunter, a songwriter who gravitates toward back-porch, lo-fi folk traditions. On his first proper Peter release, Lightness, he falls somewhere between Devendra Banhart, Sun Kil Moon, and the Songs: Ohia.…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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