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California X: Nights in the Dark

California X: Nights in the Dark

Kevin Korber January 25, 2015 0

I’d imagine that seeing California X live would be an excellent time. They’re a rock band in a very conventional sense; they don’t necessarily rewrite the book on rock ‘n’ roll, but they do

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The Decemberists: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

The Decemberists: What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World

Katherine Springer January 22, 2015 0

Four years have passed since the Decemberists’ last album, The King Is Dead, a record that saw the band add a heavy bluegrass and country influence to their indie folk. Although it was the

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Don Muro: Souffrances et Extases du Jeune Amour

Don Muro: Souffrances et Extases du Jeune Amour

Pat Padua January 22, 2015 0

Composer-educator Don Muro went on a tugboat ride in New York Harbor when he was five years old. “When the horn sounded,” he writes, “…I fainted and fell to the deck as if shot.

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Concert Review: Patti Smith

Concert Review: Patti Smith

David Harris January 22, 2015 0

(Photos: Patrick Weishampel) What happens when the Godmother of Punk takes Aleve before a show? According to her, a scattered performance that featured almost as much interstitial banter as it did music. Smith had

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Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

Belle and Sebastian: Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance

Colin Fitzgerald January 21, 2015 0

Already it’s easy to tell that Belle and Sebastian’s latest record, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance, will be remembered as their “dance album,” an outlier in a discography rife with low-key acoustic chamber

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Owen: Other People’s Songs

Owen: Other People’s Songs

Nathan Kamal January 21, 2015 0

For a guy who consistently sounds low-key, Mike Kinsella is quite busy. Over the course of his career, he has been an instrumental part of emo legends American Football and Cap’n Jazz, his flatly

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Holy Hell! The Bends Turns 20

Holy Hell! The Bends Turns 20

Nathan Stevens January 21, 2015 0

The Bends remains phenomenal as its own package of crushing elegance. Part of this mythos comes from the album-to-album transformation. The story’s been told a thousand times, but it’s key to remember that Radiohead

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Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Panda Bear: Panda Bear Meets the Grim Reaper

Jake Cole January 20, 2015 0

By far the most interesting, rewarding member of Animal Collective, Noah Lennox, a.k.a. Panda Bear, has usually been behind that band’s greatest moments of neo-folk-pysch pop, as well as the architect of solo albums

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Concert Review: Pharmakon

Concert Review: Pharmakon

Colin Fitzgerald January 20, 2015 0

(Photo: Michael Doyle) It’s rare for an experimental musician to reach the level of popularity and acclaim of New York noise artist Margaret Chardiet, aka Pharmakon. But her 2014 album Bestial Burden simultaneously provoked

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Dao Bandon: Kon Kee Lang Kwai (Man on a Water Buffalo): Essential Dao Bandon

Dao Bandon: Kon Kee Lang Kwai (Man on a Water Buffalo): Essential Dao Bandon

Pat Padua January 20, 2015 0

“You ran away with my watch …/ You took my black briefs too.” “Having weed is better than having silver.” “Don’t be a loose woman.” These aren’t the lyrics of an American bluesman, but

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