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Nina Nastasia: Outlaster

Neal Fersko June 30, 2010 0

Nina Nastasia Outlaster Rating: 3.5/5.0 Label: Fat Cat Records Cutting through the dark cloaks donned by Nina Nastasia on her records ends up revealing little except that some fabrics are enigmatic enough to raise

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Interview: Laura Burhenn of the Mynabirds

Interview: Laura Burhenn of the Mynabirds

Neal Fersko June 22, 2010 0

I was amazed to get the message that Laura Burhenn would be walking towards me from the studios of NPR, a two mile trek in the blazing and nearly shadeless concrete of Washington, D.C.’s

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Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Before Today

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti: Before Today

Neal Fersko June 13, 2010 0

Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti Before Today Rating: 4.0/5.0 Label: 4AD Every time he shows up for dinner, he gets served as the main course. That’s the way it’s been with Ariel Pink since I

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First Aid Kit: The Big Black and The Blue

Neal Fersko June 10, 2010 0

First Aid Kit The Big Black and The Blue Rating 3.0/5.0 Label: Wichita Recordings A lot of us get our first primer in folk music in elementary school or a religious choir, places where

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Jamie Lidell: Compass

Jamie Lidell: Compass

Neal Fersko May 24, 2010 0

Jamie Lidell Compass Grade: 2.0/5.0 Label: Warp Records Sometimes when we think back through the decades long history British musicians have had with American soul records, as continentals, there’s the urge to blush or

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Concert Review: Mission of Burma/Office of Future Plans

Concert Review: Mission of Burma/Office of Future Plans

Neal Fersko March 28, 2010 0

Everything about Mission of Burma is sudden. The guitar lines they play are brief, their lyrics lack romance or wistfulness, and the band’s history, in general, has an almost violent abruptness surrounding it, the

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Film Dunce: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Film Dunce: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

Neal Fersko March 16, 2010 0

Film Dunce is a weekly series in which one of our writers finally succumbs to the lure of a movie that has long been a big part of our culture that they have never

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Concert Review: The Magnetic Fields/Laura Barrett

Concert Review: The Magnetic Fields/Laura Barrett

Neal Fersko March 10, 2010 0

I’ve read a lot about The Magnetic Fields but this is my first time writing anything about them. I’m pretty sure I haven’t even used their leader Stephin Merritt as a point of reference.

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Ted Leo and the Pharmacists: The Brutalist Bricks

Neal Fersko March 8, 2010 0

Ted Leo and the Pharmacists The Brutalist Bricks Rating: 4.5/5.0 Label: Matador Records It’s easy to admire Ted Leo because it’s never been his era. There’s always talk of how he carries on the

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