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Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams: Ryan Adams

Cole Waterman September 10, 2014 0

Maybe it’s a coincidence or maybe Ryan Adams is being deliberately meta in the questioning title of “Am I Safe” off his new record. It’s an apt query, addressing a storied 20-year career that

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Beach Day: Native Echoes

Beach Day: Native Echoes

Katherine Springer September 10, 2014 0

Few band names can so concisely convey their sound as Beach Day. The duo from Hollywood, Florida has a trademark ‘60s surf pop that began with debut album Trip Trap Attack and continues into

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Interpol: El Pintor

Interpol: El Pintor

Kevin Korber September 9, 2014 0

We might as well get this out of the way right at the start: El Pintor isn’t really Interpol’s “comeback” album, at least not in the way that a certain section of Interpol fans

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Ariana Grande: My Everything

Ariana Grande: My Everything

Samuel Tolzmann September 9, 2014 0

Conventional wisdom holds that the third time is the charm, but major-label pop operates under a different code. When there’s money in the pool, risk is harder to justify, so the first time must

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Lewis: Romantic Times

Lewis: Romantic Times

Pat Padua September 8, 2014 0

Originally released in 1983, Lewis’ private press album L’Amour featured a stark black and white cover portrait that suggested a California Jandek. His music was a very personal and sometimes incomprehensible vision of El

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The Posies: Failure (Expanded Edition)

The Posies: Failure (Expanded Edition)

Kevin Korber September 8, 2014 0

Few people on the alt-rock scene who got turned on to the Posies in 1993 after the one-two punch of Dear 23 and Frosting On The Beater ever got a chance to hear where

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Hamish Kilgour: All of It and Nothing

Hamish Kilgour: All of It and Nothing

John L. Murphy September 7, 2014 0

When the drummer gets to make his own album, listeners tend, with rare exceptions, to hesitate. One recalls Peter Criss, Keith Moon, and of course Phil Collins, for better or worse. But, the results

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Literature: Chorus

Literature: Chorus

Samuel Tolzmann September 7, 2014 0

When does consistency stop being the virtue of the humble and start being, well, boring? Since the late 1980s, the legendary DC/Bay Area indie label Slumberland has toed that line so often, it’s not

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The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers

The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers

Nathan Stevens September 4, 2014 0

For well over a decade, The New Pornographers have operated as a seemingly impossible circus act, a baffling troupe of musicians brimming with talent and idiosyncrasies. A band this large and filled with this

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Kimbra: The Golden Echo

Kimbra: The Golden Echo

Cole Waterman September 4, 2014 0

There’s no getting around it — Kimbra’s The Golden Echo is a bloated mess. It’s a disappointing realization, one you struggle to come to terms with. The New Zealand songstress’s debut, Vows, was an

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