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Music, All Shook Down Manchester's Delphic: 'With Electronic Music You Can Do Anything'

Manchester's Delphic: 'With Electronic Music You Can Do Anything'

Manchester quartet Delphic is the latest outfit to be anointed "Best New Band in England" by a British music press notorious for going apeshit over bands that often aren't worthy of the praise, only to knock them down later. Fortunately,…
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Music, Morcheeba's members are trip-hopping together again

Morcheeba's members are trip-hopping together again

Back in trip-hop's '90s heyday, while Massive Attack, Portishead, and Tricky were soundtracking the apocalypse, British trio Morcheeba emerged with a hazier, more psychedelic version of downtempo anxiety, sonically suggesting that you smoke a spliff and chill out as the…
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Music, Concept Concert

Concept Concert

It's a big live-music trend of late: veteran artists playing a classic album straight through in its entirety. Springsteen, Sonic Youth, Steely Dan, the Pixies, Slayer, and the Wu-Tang Clan's GZA are just a few of the many who've gotten…
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Music, Hear This Concert preview: Frightened Rabbit

Concert preview: Frightened Rabbit

Precious as its name may sound, Scottish quintet Frightened Rabbit actually makes a spirited roots-rock sound that's far from twee. Six years, three albums, and a whole batch of singles in, these Glaswegians — led by charismatic frontman Scott Hutchison…
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Music, Surfer Blood quits school, gets educated in hype

Surfer Blood quits school, gets educated in hype

J.P. Pitts was just a semester shy of a degree in secondary education from Florida Atlantic University when he decided to drop out last August and pursue a different career. But his own education has continued. He's learning what it's…
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Music, Hear This RJD2

RJD2

When he emerged in 2002 with his debut LP, Deadringer, Philadelphia-based RJD2 (born Ramble John Krohn) was pegged as the next DJ Shadow. He possessed a similar crate-digging prowess; a love of classic soul, funk, and hip-hop; and a reliance…
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Music, All Shook Down What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: White Denim

What To Do? Wednesday's Pick: White Denim

White Denim @ the Independent The mish-mash of musical styles on White Denim's new album, Fits -- or on last year's debut, Explosion, and a handful of prior EPs and singles -- meshes surprisingly well. Perhaps the trio isn't actually…
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Music, Hear This White Denim

White Denim

The mish-mash of musical styles on White Denim's new album, Fits — or on last year's debut, Explosion, and a handful of prior EPs and singles — meshes surprisingly well. Perhaps the trio isn't actually from Austin, but another planet…
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Music, Built to Spill’s struggles to capture its signature sound

Built to Spill’s struggles to capture its signature sound

For any musician, trying to come up with a foolproof formula for success is folly. Pick up your guitar one day, and everything flows effortlessly. The following day, nothing sounds right, no matter what you do. One album might utterly…
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Music, Lucero’s full of sass and Stax

Lucero’s full of sass and Stax

Lucero's co-founder, Brian Venable, wants to help journalists write their articles on his band. Over the phone from Indianapolis, the affable 37-year-old guitarist punctuates his Southern drawl with a dry chuckle as he gives this writer pointers for a piece:…
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Music, Gossip trades punk for funk

Gossip trades punk for funk

Clearly, fear doesn't plague Portland-via-Arkansas trio Gossip (formerly the Gossip). Plus-sized, openly gay powerhouse vocalist Beth Ditto doesn't think twice about stripping down to her skivvies onstage as she ferociously belts out her sexual and political lyrics, revealing both her…
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Music, Treasure Island: Indie-rock elders move forward

Treasure Island: Indie-rock elders move forward

The past provides comfort for many indie-rock elders; witness the recent spate of reunions, bands touring on "best album" performances, and artists rifling through back catalogs for new reissues. But three well-established, pioneering indie acts — the Flaming Lips, Yo…
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Music, Hear This Vivian Girls

Vivian Girls

Last summer, Brooklyn trio Vivian Girls wowed the tiniest music blogs and The New York Times with a mix of '60s surf-rock, shit-tons of reverb, and three-part girl-group vocals all wedged into short, sharp sonic blasts. A fair amount of…
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Music, Outside Lands Picks Part 2: Dead Weather

Outside Lands Picks Part 2: Dead Weather

Supergroups, by nature, are volatile beasts. All that individual talent and reputation comes together in the calculated hope that the sum will exceed its celebrated parts. But what if it's an accidental supergroup? And what if some members are content…
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Music, Hear This George Clinton

George Clinton

Easily one of the funniest articles in The Onion's history was a 1998 gem headlined "Clinton Threatens To Drop Da Bomb On Iraq." That's George Clinton, and if the erstwhile P-Funk leader had been in charge, we probably wouldn't be…
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Music, J. Tillman slips out from under Fleet Foxes’ radar

J. Tillman slips out from under Fleet Foxes’ radar

You'd certainly be forgiven for not knowing that Seattle singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Tillman – who records under the moniker J. Tillman – has released five albums since 2005. His sixth album, the forthcoming Year in the Kingdom, has generated…
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Music, Hear This Rock the Bells

Rock the Bells

If you're looking to throw your hands in the air, wave 'em like you just don't care, then scream ... oh, for about 10 hours straight, then you'll definitely want to be at the Rock the Bells festival. From its…
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Music, Hear This U.S. Air Guitar

U.S. Air Guitar

Michael Jordan may have been called "His Airness," but he's got nothin' on this year's U.S. Air Guitar contestants. Such absolutely shameless competitors as Shreddy Mercury, Fender Splendor, Derek Not So Smalls, and Electric Testicle have slayed other cities with…
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Music, Hear This Gene Ween

Gene Ween

The brilliant weird-rock duo Ween is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year. "But they look so young!" you might say. Indeed, neither singer-guitarist Gene nor Dean Ween has hit 40 yet. They started the band in New Hope, Pennsylvania, in…
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Music, Hear This Nite Jewel/Telepathe

Nite Jewel/Telepathe

Nite Jewel is the nom de electropop of L.A.'s Ramona Gonzalez. She constructs arty grooves out of the same cheesy synth blurts and hand-claps heard on '80s freestyle and pop/R&B albums by the likes of Lisa Lisa, Information Society, and…
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