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Ex Hex: Rips

Ex Hex: Rips

Pat Padua October 20, 2014 0

The name of Mary Timony’s new band and the title of their debut album is all the review you need: Ex Hex rips. But I have a word count to hit. The band has

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Philip Selway: Weatherhouse

Philip Selway: Weatherhouse

Mike Randall October 20, 2014 0

It’s hard enough to be the drummer. The blue-collar of the band, always in the background locked down to a stool, often overlooked, if visible at all. But when you’re a drummer and just

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Revisit: Whiskeytown: Strangers Almanac

Revisit: Whiskeytown: Strangers Almanac

Mike Randall October 20, 2014 0

Ryan Adams was Ryan Adams well before he was Ryan Adams. Ahead of the world knowing him as a solo artist and before he shared the stage with the likes of Elton John, he

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Jackson Browne: Standing in the Breach

Jackson Browne: Standing in the Breach

Jester Jay Goldman October 20, 2014 0

It’s taken six years but Jackson Browne is back again to refute both the critics and himself. On 2008′s Time the Conqueror, Browne was so immersed in his political message that he lost his

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Museum of Love: Museum of Love

Museum of Love: Museum of Love

Colin Fitzgerald October 19, 2014 0

DFA Records is one of those rare contemporary labels that still maintains a specialized “sound,” a particular niche where listeners can go, pick up a random album, and know roughly what kind of music

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The Melvins: Hold It In

The Melvins: Hold It In

Jester Jay Goldman October 19, 2014 0

Some visitors are conscientious, happy to drop by and help with the chores, but they’d never overstay their welcome or be too forward. Others are more domineering, taking over the house and disrupting everything.

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Electric Wizard: Time to Die

Electric Wizard: Time to Die

David Maine October 19, 2014 0

UK doomsmiths Electric Wizard have been described as “the heaviest band in the world,” and their newest full-length, Time to Die, will do nothing to undermine that. The Dorset-based trio/quartet have specialized in thick,

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Concert Review: Twin Peaks/Tweens/Minor Miracles

Concert Review: Twin Peaks/Tweens/Minor Miracles

Jake Cole October 19, 2014 0

(Photos: Marianne Spellman) Last Friday, Chicago’s up-and-coming punk act Twin Peaks headlined a triple bill at the Masquerade’s Purgatory room, a fitting location for a band that seems to be on the precipice of

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Zola Jesus: Taiga

Zola Jesus: Taiga

Katherine Springer October 16, 2014 0

Zola Jesus (Nika Roza Danilova) has released music almost non-stop since 2009. Back then, her apartment served as her recording studio, and her sound was understandably lo-fi. As she has made a name for

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Purling Hiss: Weirdon

Purling Hiss: Weirdon

Pat Padua October 16, 2014 0

If you were about to give up on the possibilities of good old guitar rock, Purling Hiss has a new record that may renew your faith in what six strings and an amplifier can

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