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Concert Review: New Order

Concert Review: New Order

David Harris July 13, 2014 0

I sat in a café down the street from Seattle’s Paramount Theatre, counting the guys in Unknown Pleasures T-shirts go past. I’m not above it. I have my own Unknown Pleasures shirt, but I

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Holy Hell! Live Through This Turns 20

Holy Hell! Live Through This Turns 20

Jake Cole July 9, 2014 1

Whatever her addictions and personal failings, Courtney Love has been the victim of a smear campaign the likes of which no male rock star has ever or will ever suffer. Already the subject of

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Revisit: Funkadelic: Maggot Brain

Revisit: Funkadelic: Maggot Brain

Mike Randall July 7, 2014 0

Funkadelic’s introduction to the world came in the form of a question: “Mommy, What’s a Funkadelic?,” the opening track of their self-titled 1970 record, seemed placed as if to say, “This mothership is going

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Concert Review: Cloud Nothings

Concert Review: Cloud Nothings

David Harris July 6, 2014 0

(Photos: Ruud Sablerolle) When it is obvious that a band is giving its all, the singer passionately shouting into the mic while his rhythm section is in the zone, who do you blame when

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R.E.M.: The Best of the Rarities

R.E.M.: The Best of the Rarities

Spectrum Culture Staff June 26, 2014 0

The Record Store Day release of R.E.M.’s “Unplugged” sessions would likely have been enough to occupy their fanbase for a while. Yet just weeks later, the band issued two “complete” rarities collections (divided up

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Holy Hell! Ready to Die Turns 20

Holy Hell! Ready to Die Turns 20

Jacob Adams June 25, 2014 0

Notorious B.I.G.’s Ready to Die has infiltrated virtually every tributary of hip-hop post-1994 to the point that many of its sounds and subject matters, subversive and fresh then, seem like borderline rap clichés today.

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Revisit: Pulp: This Is Hardcore

Revisit: Pulp: This Is Hardcore

Michael Merline June 23, 2014 0

Compilation albums have a funny way of homogenizing the finer details of an artist’s career, often making wildly different albums fit into one stock image of their musical identity. Pulp’s 2002 collection Hits is

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Concert Review: The Mountain Goats/Loamlands

Concert Review: The Mountain Goats/Loamlands

David Harris June 19, 2014 0

(Photo: Bradley’s Almanac) Only at a Mountain Goats show do you see people working together on crossword puzzles on their phones while waiting for the band to go on. It was hotter than hell

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Holy Hell! American Recordings Turns 20

Holy Hell! American Recordings Turns 20

Eric Dennis June 18, 2014 0

American Recordings seemingly came out of nowhere in 1994. It didn’t, of course, but it felt that way, partly because Johnny Cash’s well-honed image as the Man in Black hadn’t changed in the public’s

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Revisit: Oasis: Be Here Now

Revisit: Oasis: Be Here Now

Kevin Korber June 16, 2014 0

The story of Britpop as a musical moment ends sometime around 1997, and it coincides with the release one particular album: Oasis’ Be Here Now. To the press and to music fans, this album

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