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Calendar, Night&Day Preview: Priests

Preview: Priests

Bodies and Control and Money and Power is the laundry list of a title that introduces the debut album from Washington, D.C., punk band Priests. Each capitalized letter is outlined in white atop a rage-red album cover, and the lyrics…
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Music, All Shook Down The Week in High Art, Politics, and Alchemy Dressed as Rock 'n' Roll

The Week in High Art, Politics, and Alchemy Dressed as Rock 'n' Roll

Punk music's development is shoved along by the tension between authenticity and novelty. The Sex Pistols incoherently cried out for chaos. The Clash took self-consciously radical poses, marketing themselves as working-class rockers in solidarity with international liberation struggles. Theatric hyperbole…
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Music, Reviewed Chain and the Gang

Chain and the Gang

After famously marketing socialist punk in Nation of Ulysses and MC5-damaged gospel in the Make-Up, the perpetually cool Ian Svenonius has another winning concept on his hands with Chain and the Gang. Using the same backing players as his pal…
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Music, Pop Philosophy Black Is the New Black:

Black Is the New Black:

Some enchanted eveningOn several occasions last week, I tried to convince friends to go see a local band called Evening. "What does it sound like?" they asked. I hemmed and hawed, then shrugged and mumbled, "Emo goth." Each time, my…
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Music, Reviewed Concentrick


Tim Green seems like the kind of guy who likes a full plate of food, preferably filled with delicacies from several different restaurants. Locally, he's well known as an innovative Renaissance man with a wide range of interests and little…
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Music, House of Tudor House Of Tudor

House Of Tudor

The Make-Up is not your average garage band. Led by the odd but acute intellect of Ian Svenonius -- whose voice vacillates between gritty exhaustion and breathy falsetto -- the Make-Up's members are revivalists in a bizarro world of their…
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House of Tudor

The voice of Pinetop Seven singer Darren Richard sways delicately between the pale, sophomoric timbre of Jonathan Richman and the pregnant, melancholic intonation of Dead Can Dance's Brendan Perry. Richard weaves dejected tales with cinematic clarity: A young runaway with…
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