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    Music, Label The White Stripes

    The White Stripes

    Why Jack and Meg chose "Blue Orchid" as the first single from their latest full-length is a bit of a mystery. The song is crammed with unexciting '70s guitar riffage and even less exciting falsetto vocals, devoid of any hooks…
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    Music, Reviewed Grandaddy

    Grandaddy

    What happens when the line between dystopia and the daily grind disappears? Is this indeed the robot-policed future that science fiction has been hinting at for decades? It is, according to Grandaddy's Jason Lytle, but he seems surprisingly calm about…
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    Music, Reviewed Mobius Band

    Mobius Band

    There's an urgency missing from The Loving Sounds of Static, the debut full-length from the Brooklyn (via small-town Massachusetts) electro-pop trio Mobius Band. Gone is the immediate dose of gooey melody that made the band's City vs. Country EP such…
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    Music, Reviewed Vietnam

    Vietnam

    The musicians in Vietnam come off about as pretentious as possible. Yes, they are from Brooklyn. Yes, they run with the fashion-forward crowd. Yes, they cuss a lot. Yes, they got the memo that having a bass player is out…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This

    Hear This

    Any self-respecting, semi-intelligent person would be ludicrous to admit he likes Andrew W.K. Clearly the party-loving rocker is made from the same amorphous stuff that causes frat boys to chug, moon, hit, haze, pledge, cheat, and pass out. If you…
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    Music, Reviewed Her Space Holiday

    Her Space Holiday

    "In a dream you called me up and asked me quietly if I would like to meet you for a drink, but when I got there you just looked at me as you spoke to yourself," Marc Bianchi sings on…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This

    Hear This

    You love natural disasters, admit it. If you could, you'd stand in the eye of a hurricane, a six-pack and a bong in hand. You'd walk on stilts along the San Andreas fault during an 8.6 quake. You'd fry wieners…
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    Music, Reviewed Pretty Girls Make Graves

    Pretty Girls Make Graves

    They lay it out for you right there in the name: Pretty girls, with their sneaky charm and eyelash-batting, boast an ever-growing score card of broken hearts, leaving their suitors suited and 6 feet under. The boys know the chaos…
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    Music, Reviewed Clinic

    Clinic

    When "Country Mile," the first song from Winchester Cathedral, begins, it's instantly recognizable as typical Clinic: Singer Ade Blackburn's eerie, Thom Yorke-with-lockjaw crooning and the four musicians' mesmerizing drone rhythms are as present here as when we last checked in…
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    Music, Saddle Chic

    Saddle Chic

    On a September night at New York City's Bowery Ballroom, Cursive takes the stage forcefully, flooding the hall with its distorted opuses of precise guitars and pining vocals. In between songs, singer/ guitarist Tim Kasher fields fans' questions about everything…
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    Music, Reviewed Earlimart

    Earlimart

    If the California indie rock realm were a high school, you might say that Earlimart's main man, Aaron Espinoza, was being primped for the position of prom king. After establishing himself as the go-to production/recording don of Los Angeles' east…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This

    Hear This

    Today we'll be making a sonic stew you've not likely tasted yet. The curious dish, TV on the Radio, is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. First, we'll start with a base of Kraftwerk, some electronic beats that never change throughout…
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    Music, Hear This Hear This

    Hear This

    Old Crow Medicine Show is not your average bluegrass band. While the high-lonesome vocals and fleet-fingered string-pickin' suggest a Southern-fried musical education, the players didn't meet in some backwater town in ol' Caroline but in New York. Not one of…
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    Music, Reviewed Portastatic

    Portastatic

    The name "Mac McCaughan" has become notorious in the indie-rock world for two reasons. Initially, it was because he fronted the quartet Superchunk, a group that first garnered attention in the mid-'90s with an upbeat brand of college-rock hooks and…
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    Music, Reviewed The Late Great Daniel Johnston

    The Late Great Daniel Johnston

    For many, it's hard to understand how the shrill-voiced, clinically bipolar, and often childlike songwriter Daniel Johnston found himself with a double-album tribute that contains covers of his greatest hits -- as performed by the likes of Tom Waits, TV…
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    Music, Reviewed Citizens Here and Abroad

    Citizens Here and Abroad

    The ghastly, alarmlike guitar pattern that opens "The Voices," the first song on San Francisco quartet Citizens Here and Abroad's Ghosts of Tables and Chairs, is a good indication of the urgency that characterizes the record's 10 songs. It's an…
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    Music, Reviewed Son, Ambulance

    Son, Ambulance

    Omaha's Son, Ambulance, the indie brainchild of singer Joe Knapp, actually has more in common with its Brit-pop contemporaries than it does Saddle Creek's usual array of sentimental Midwestern gunk-purveyors. A more focused effort than the group's 2001 debut, Key…
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    Music, Reviewed Metric

    Metric

    We first encountered Metric singer Emily Haines as the meek but cute voice on Broken Social Scene's "Anthems for a Seventeen-Year-Old Girl." "Park that car, drop that phone/ Sleep on the floor, dream about me," she sings over and over…
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    Music, Reviewed Low

    Low

    It was intriguing to hear that Low's new full-length, its first for Sub Pop, was being touted as texturally "aggressive." But what did that mean? A cross between the more dissonant aspects of altrock emoticons the Smashing Pumpkins and Sunny…
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    Music, Reviewed Snow Patrol

    Snow Patrol

    Remember how a few days after getting your first glow stick, the stunningly curious nuclear shine of the toy became a boring, sub-firefly-worthy illumination? Well, Snow Patrol isn't much different from that experience. Final Straw, the Scottish quartet's latest record,…
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    Music, Reviewed Crooked Fingers

    Crooked Fingers

    You don't call your record Dignity and Shame unless you're intending something wholeheartedly poignant. Unfortunately, in modern music, that intention often results in songwriting that's forced or trite. But not if you're Eric Bachmann. The Archers of Loaf graduate has,…
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    Music, Reviewed Secret Machines

    Secret Machines

    Under an outdoor party tent at this year's SXSW, the Secret Machines played way longer than their allotted set time. The stage manager didn't have the heart to stop them though, because he knew it would have been like stopping…
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    Music, Reviewed Stars

    Stars

    Blame it on global warming or the tap water. Blame it on health care or G-dubs. Whoever's at fault, Canada is simply kicking our ass these days when it comes to producing compelling indie rock acts. The latest from Montreal's…
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    Music, Reviewed Múm

    Múm

    There seems to be something special in Iceland, perhaps some sort of nutrient in the soil that helps the citizens manipulate electronic instruments like they weren't electronic at all. The country's most popular export, elf goddess Björk, uses this nutrient…
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    Music, Reviewed The Fall

    The Fall

    You'd have thought Fall frontman Mark E. Smith would have collapsed by now from the sheer weight of the cynicism he's been preaching for 25 years. But Mr. Smith sounds every bit as virile on The Real New Fall LP…
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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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