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Merchandise: After the End

Merchandise: After the End

Nathan Stevens September 16, 2014 0

I have a longstanding love-hate relationship with ‘80s pop music that leans more towards the hate side. My love of Michael Jackson, Prince and Talking Heads is drowned by the waves of terrible radio

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Farm Aid 2014

Farm Aid 2014

Mike Randall September 16, 2014 0

(Photos: © Paul Natkin/Photo Reserve, Inc.) If the Farm Aid stage at times feels as much like a podium as a performance space, that’s the intention. Board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp

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U2: Songs of Innocence

U2: Songs of Innocence

Mack Hayden September 15, 2014 0

When rock criticism first got started, its utilitarian purpose was to help readers decide which albums to buy. There was only so much money in everyone’s wallets and visits to the record store needed

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Billy Thermal: Billy Thermal

Billy Thermal: Billy Thermal

Pat Padua September 15, 2014 0

“I told you about the dream/ I felt the blade of panic/ I thought I was schizo/ I thought I was romantic!” An angst-ridden singer blurts this over a brooding minimal guitar riff, getting

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Avi Buffalo: At Best Cuckold

Avi Buffalo: At Best Cuckold

Michael Danaher September 14, 2014 0

What was surprising about Avi Buffalo when they released their 2010 self-titled debut wasn’t just how solid it was but the confidence and catchiness of the California band, despite being composed of mere teenagers.

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Concert Review: Bob Mould/Cymbals Eat Guitars

Concert Review: Bob Mould/Cymbals Eat Guitars

Kevin Korber September 14, 2014 0

On the way out of the Bowery Ballroom, I overheard two people conversing about the Bob Mould performance, and while they seemed to enjoy it, I was struck by the first thing that one

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The Rentals: Lost in Alphaville

The Rentals: Lost in Alphaville

Mack Hayden September 14, 2014 0

Since Matt Sharp took off from Weezer post-Pinkerton to focus on his own project, The Rentals have always been more reliable at churning out good pop rock than Rivers Cuomo. Their music is never

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Blonde Redhead: Barragán

Blonde Redhead: Barragán

Mack Hayden September 11, 2014 0

Blonde Redhead made their name by turning ghostliness into their specialty. Kazu Makino’s equal parts afraid and eerie vocals mixed with the Pace twins’ dynamic yet sleepy instrumentation always ensures a pleasurable séance of

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Concert Review: Swans

Concert Review: Swans

David Harris September 11, 2014 0

(Photos: Peter Hutchins) You lose time at a Swans concert. Both in that your senses leave you and that six songs in two hours basically fucks with your notion of time. Roaring back after

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J Mascis: Tied to a Star

J Mascis: Tied to a Star

Nathan Stevens September 11, 2014 0

J Mascis’ odd drawl was so firmly attached to the fuzziness of Dinosaur Jr. that it was hard to imagine his voice fitting into any other sound. That’s what made Mascis’ solo outing on

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