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Music, Reviewed Rufus Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

Over the rumble of kettle drums, farty blasts of trombone, and kid sis Martha's wailing — quite literally — about "fire and brimstone," Rufus Wainwright repeats a straightforward question on Release the Stars' opening number: "Do I disappoint you?" Oh,…
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Music, Bright Bursts

Bright Bursts

All right, Conor Oberst. White flag. You win. With your hair all long now and those convincingly repentant songs about snorting dope, digging Satan, and conquering starlets, we give. Cassadaga, the ambitious mess that is Bright Eyes' fifth record, finds…
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Music, Reviewed Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter

Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter

The problem with the fourth record from Jesse Sykes isn't her ample talents for penning a maudlin phrase or vocalizing thoughts in a breathy, dramatic manner. In fact, her wavering sandpaper alto has finally ripened to sound natural singing about…
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Music, Riding the Fader

Riding the Fader

Michelle Ambrose swears her life changed in 1996 when she and a date saw a couple of bands play behind a Detroit bowling alley. She'd heard of neither the headliner, an Ohio group called Guided by Voices, nor the opening…
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Music, Reviewed And A Few To Break

And A Few To Break

Like most records from post-punk and hardcore innovators, the debut LP from And A Few To Break feels like an urgent and necessary invention, and Procession collects messages of political, emotional, and musical revolution. This might be expected from a…
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Music, Hear This Border crossing with Calexico

Border crossing with Calexico

When Dinosaur Jr. emerged in the 1980s, it catalyzed a new era in indie rock. Whereas The Guitar Solo was virtually anathema to the class of '77, the subsequent wave of electric youth, raised on Black Sabbath more than the…
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Music, Hear This From slugs to semen, there's little Matmos doesn't sample

From slugs to semen, there's little Matmos doesn't sample

Although its members have made musical recordings of petting a cat and the rapid-fire flipping of Bible pages, the best story of Matmos ' aural inventiveness is, well, a bit blue. For the appropriately titled "Semen Song for James Bidgood,"…
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Music, Hear This Payback's a cinch

Payback's a cinch

Bands come and bands go, and sometimes after they go, their members return in entirely new shapes. Singer Matt Suggs, formerly of lo-fi indie rockers Butterglory, has recruited parts of the disbanded power-emo outfit Get Up Kids and Lawrence, Kansas',…
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Music, Hear This Centro-matic|The Leather Uppers|Husky Rescue|Wayne Hancock

Centro-matic|The Leather Uppers|Husky Rescue|Wayne Hancock

God damn the humorless alt. country zealots for casting Centro-Matic as a blue-collar indie hero; it takes a hot second in the audience of the Denton, Texas, band to realize that it doesn't fit the knee-jerk definitions that find it…
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Music, BeatBox DJ Assault|Anticon|Static

DJ Assault|Anticon|Static

Midwest marauders DJ Funk (Chicago) and DJ Assault (Detroit) go at the turntables hard and fast, dropping records with beats so insistent, it's hard to turn them down. Assault brings a tad more nastiness to his mixes, throwing hip-hop records…
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News, Sucka Free City

Way, Way Out

By the way the line of fashionably dressed people took fidgety glances at their Swatches and stood on tiptoes to peek into the dark doorway before them, it was clear that something important was about to happen. Soon 77-year-old Jean…
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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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