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    Music, Reviewed The Dodos 

    The Dodos 

    When we last heard from the Dodos, the blogosphere had fingered the band as the Bay Area's answer to Vampire Weekend and Fleet Foxes. Those who listened beyond the jaunty "Fools" heard in 2008's Visiter a left-field masterpiece that was…
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    Music, Reviewed BLK JKS

    BLK JKS

    When BLK JKS formed almost a decade ago, the band took a lot of flak in its native Johannesburg. Rock 'n' roll was viewed as the music of the antagonistic West, and BLK JKS was unabashedly rock. The band has…
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    Music, Reviewed Lily Allen

    Lily Allen

    With her crackling samples and toothy snark, Lily Allen arrived in the middle of this decade as the antidote to Britney's self-aggrandizement. She was the Gawker.com to Spears' People. Now, with the saucy 2000s winding down, its signature decadence and…
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    Music, Reviewed Antony and the Johnsons

    Antony and the Johnsons

    Rock 'n' roll or linguistics? It's hard to say where Antony and the Johnsons' larger contribution lies. Mastermind Antony Hegarty's gift to music is his songbook, which is the most emotionally naked in indie rock. But perhaps more impressive is…
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    Music, Reviewed Britney Spears

    Britney Spears

    In pop music, audacity pays the bills. Britney Spears knows that much, but her reach is often more awkward than it is effective. Take "If U Seek Amy," the most talked-about three minutes from her new album, Circus. What begins…
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    Music, Reviewed E-40

    E-40

    For an artist who stakes his style on all things kinetic and "flamboastin'," E-40's new album — his first since hyphy's high tide two years ago — is woefully contrived. If he'd merely taken up the challenge of following his…
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    Music, Reviewed Beyoncé

    Beyoncé

    From petulance ("Bills, Bills, Bills") to spite ("Survivor"), a large part of Destiny's Child's appeal was the ability to stamp a singular attitude over every nook and cranny of a four-minute single. So it should come as no surprise that…
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    Music, Reviewed Daedelus

    Daedelus

    On Love to Make Music To, Daedelus' point of departure is the early '90s – specifically, rave culture's big awakening and the last of hip-hop's golden age. The dandified Los Angeles DJ establishes the album's breakbeat fixation with opener "Fair…
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    Music, Reviewed Stereolab

    Stereolab

    In the '90s, Stereolab albums were charming junkshops selling rock history's neglected treasures, mainly '60s French pop and '70s Krautrock. This decade, on one chirpy release after another, the London-based group's extreme stylistic conservatism has been laid bare, its retro-rock…
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    Music, Reviewed Lindstrøm

    Lindstrøm

    Norway's Hans-Peter Lindstrøm has steadily built his reputation on a handful of neo-disco 12-inches and remixes for the likes of Franz Ferdinand and LCD Soundsystem. His 2005 single, "I Feel Space," was a geeky homage not only to the Donna…
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    Music, Reviewed Ratatat

    Ratatat

    True to guitarist Evan Mast's side career as a graphic designer, Ratatat's instrumental pop owes as much to the Photoshop ethic as it does to ProTools. At times, this Brooklyn duo shoots its wad in the songs' layouts, as if…
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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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