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Calendar, Night&Day Chris’ Cross

Chris’ Cross

April saw one of the most bizarre indie-music placements yet. In an ad for the 2012 Honda Civic, a young girl in a superhero costume jumped into a car and raced away from pursuers to the sound of MC Chris'…
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Calendar, Night&Day Not For Stars

Not For Stars

In 2004, local indie rock band For Stars released its fourth LP, It Falls Apart, a daring combination of arty Radiohead-ish rock and achingly pretty folk. But just when the band seemed destined for a major breakthrough, it broke up…
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Calendar, Night&Day Eeet Dozen’t Really Bozair Me

Eeet Dozen’t Really Bozair Me

Oh, the miseries of being a woman who sings in French. Always, in every review and in all articles, to be called a "chanteuse." Even if you don't sing in French anymore! And you aren't even French, although you grew…
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Calendar, Night&Day It’s the Only Thing That There’s Just Too Little Of

It’s the Only Thing That There’s Just Too Little Of

Most likely, the first song ever written had something to do with love. Perhaps it was penned by a Cro-Magnon besotted with some lady or triceratops. These days, it's just what songs are about: love of man, woman, God, baseball,…
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Calendar, Night&Day Pairing

Pairing

Usually, when a male and a female singer decide to collaborate, they choose a partner who's vastly different from themselves. Think Lee Hazlewood's deep baritone sweetened by Nancy Sinatra's arid croon, Isobel Campbell's breathy chirp grounded by Mark Lanegan's deep…
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Calendar, Night&Day PB&J

PB&J

If Peter Bjorn and John have taught us anything (besides how to put our lips together and blow), it's that figuring out what to do after having a hit record might be harder than actually writing one. Following the runaway…
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Calendar, Night&Day Symbiotic Scores

Symbiotic Scores

It's hard to imagine the suspenseful works of Alfred Hitchcock without Bernard Hermann's spooky counterpoint. Or the giddy blockbusters of Steven Spielberg and George Lucas without the symphonic grandiosity of John Williams. Not to mention the over-the-top imagery of Tim…
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Music, All Shook Down Wednesday's Pick: Bettye LaVette at Great American Music Hall

Wednesday's Pick: Bettye LaVette at Great American Music Hall

​Bettye LaVetteMiltonGreat American Music Hall7 p.m., $26Oftentimes, the problem with tribute albums is that they sound far too reverent of the original songs. If you're not going to do anything special with the tunes, why even bother covering them at…
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Calendar, Night&Day Bettye Reign O’er Me

Bettye Reign O’er Me

Oftentimes, the problem with tribute albums is that they sound far too reverent of the original songs. If you're not going to do anything special with the tunes, why even bother covering them at all, since the originals are usually…
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Calendar, Night&Day Won't You Take Me to …

Won't You Take Me to …

Electro-funk was initially an "urban" experience, relegated to the R&B charts. But in the mid-'80s, the synthesizer-driven sound crossed over to the mainstream, delivering hits for Cameo, Midnight Star, and, of course, Prince. Soon, synths were everywhere, driving smashes by…
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Calendar, Night&Day Play That Bluesy Music

Play That Bluesy Music

Jimmy Page don't know dick about the blues. Same goes for Jack White. And David Evans? Come on, no ridiculous nickname ("The Edge"? Really?) will make you sound like an expert on the torn and the frayed. It Might Get…
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Music, All Shook Down Thursday's Pick: Eilen Jewell at Hotel Utah

Thursday's Pick: Eilen Jewell at Hotel Utah

​Eilen Jewellwith Sallie Ford and the Sound OutsideHotel Utah9 p.m., $8-$10When Bob Dylan released his controversial 1970 album, Self Portrait, writer Greil Marcus griped that he'd "buy an album of Dylan breathing heavily ... but not an album of Dylan…
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Calendar, Night&Day Rock Jewell-ry

Rock Jewell-ry

When Bob Dylan released his controversial 1970 album, Self Portrait, writer Greil Marcus griped that he'd "buy an album of Dylan breathing heavily … but not an album of Dylan breathing softly." Americana fans may have been similarly piqued upon…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dream On

Dream On

The temptation in the blog world might be to slot Spain's Delorean in with home-recording "chillwave" outfits like Toro y Moi and Washed Out. While the Basque-bred, Barcelona-based quartet does feature some of the sun-drenched synthesizers and swishy house beats…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Thursday's Pick: Cold Cave

What To Do? Thursday's Pick: Cold Cave

Cold Cave @ Bottom of the Hill Ever since Ian Curtis shuffled off this mortal coil (4AD pun intended), gobs of acts have attempted to recreate his chilly post-punk aesthetic. The latest contenders, Cold Cave, go Curtis one further, aping…
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Calendar, Night&Day Dank Crevasse

Dank Crevasse

Ever since Ian Curtis shuffled off this mortal coil (4AD pun intended), gobs of acts have attempted to recreate his chilly post-punk aesthetic. The latest contenders, Cold Cave, go Curtis one further, aping the style of both Joy Division and…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Thursday's Pick: The Drums

What To Do? Thursday's Pick: The Drums

The Drums @ PopsceneThe idea of mournful lyrics buoyed by joyous music is an old one, going back in time to when Oog beat frantically on a rock while yelling about his pet mastodon running away. Folks tend to point…
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Calendar, Night&Day This Is the Saddest Pop Ever

This Is the Saddest Pop Ever

The idea of mournful lyrics buoyed by joyous music is an old one, going back in time to when Oog beat frantically on a rock while yelling about his pet mastodon running away. Folks tend to point to the Beach…
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Calendar, Night&Day House Music

House Music

Jimmy Carter would love forró. According to Forró in the Dark's Mauro Refosco, the Brazilian musical style was created when townsfolk would gather to tamp down the floors of their neighbors' new huts — and then stay all night, stomping…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Tonight's Pick: Ravi Shankar

What To Do? Tonight's Pick: Ravi Shankar

Ravi and Anoushka Shankar at Davies Symphony HallSince taking up the sitar in the late 1930s, Indian musician Ravi Shankar has released more than 40 albums, composed for film director Satyajit Ray, collaborated with Ali Akbar Khan and Philip…
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