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Calendar, Night&Day We all will be received

We all will be received

Even those who sneer at cover bands must admit a great cover can be the gotcha track on any album because, at their best, cover songs are like love letters, not impersonations. Since 2010, the UnderCover collective has consistently…
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Music, Hear This The Jim Jones Revue: Show Preview

The Jim Jones Revue: Show Preview

One time, Jerry Lee Lewis, slammed on hooch and waving a .38 magnum, drove his white Lincoln Continental up to the front door of Graceland and demanded to see the King. He didn't get his wish — apparently Elvis refused…
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Music, Reviewed Islands


Since his days with the Unicorns, Islands' mastermind Nick Thorburn has revealed himself as equal parts pop genius, musical theater admirer, neo-vaudevillian, and humorous storyteller extraordinaire. With Arm's Way, he has refined these traits, crafting an eclectic, albeit scattered album…
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Music, Ladysmith Black Mambazo Views South Africa Through a Complicated Icon

Ladysmith Black Mambazo Views South Africa Through a Complicated Icon

In 1987, Ladysmith Black Mambazo released an album, Shaka Zulu, named after the 19th-century founder of the Zulu empire. The record was both the group's proper international debut (it was produced by Paul Simon, who worked with Mambazo for his…
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Music, Reviewed Supersystem


Is it possible to talk about a band like Supersystem without invoking the term “dancepunk”? Probably not, given its penchant for programmed beats and heavy synthesizer usage, interspersed with throbbing basslines and spindly guitar licks: essential ingredients of the genre.…
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Dining, Social Grace

You Make Me Sick

Dear Social Grace, How can I tell ailing co-workers to cover their mouths when they cough? For months, a poor fellow near me (yes, we are in cubicles) has been coughing. Now, as you might expect, but not expectorate, another…
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