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“Weird Al” Yankovic: Mandatory Fun

“Weird Al” Yankovic: Mandatory Fun

Nathan Stevens July 24, 2014 0

“Weird Al” Yankovic is the most successful entertainer of the modern era. Don’t argue with me. For over 30 years, Yankovic has skewered pop songs with such flair and gusto that his versions often

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Donnie and Joe Emerson: Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81

Donnie and Joe Emerson: Still Dreamin’ Wild: The Lost Recordings 1979-81

Pat Padua July 24, 2014 0

Another day, another private press recording rescued from obscurity by a crate digger and subsequent press hype. Donnie and Joe Emerson’s Dreamin’ Wild was one of the more touching examples of this legend, an

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Trampled by Turtles: Wild Animals

Trampled by Turtles: Wild Animals

Jacob Adams July 23, 2014 1

Duluth, Minnesota progressive bluegrass band Trampled by Turtles are known for their raucous, fast-paced shows. Lightning-speed fiddle solos and frenetic banjo playing are on display as the band plays hyper-kinetic live versions of its

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Holy Hell! Bee Thousand turns 20!

Holy Hell! Bee Thousand turns 20!

Mike Randall July 23, 2014 0

Robert Pollard clearly doesn’t dwell on much. In the span it took Guns N’ Roses to release one album, it seemed like Pollard put out somewhere in the neighborhood of 100. His creative process

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Various Artists: Modeselektion Vol. 3

Various Artists: Modeselektion Vol. 3

Josh Goller July 23, 2014 0

If Thom Yorke says he looks up to your band, you know you’re doing something right. Modeselektor earned such praise from that master of falsetto in a 2006 interview, and Yorke has been one

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United Nations: The Next Four Years

United Nations: The Next Four Years

Rob Rubsam July 22, 2014 0

The Next Four Years has a pretty good gimmick: it tells the story of a developing hardcore band, from its first grimy tape to a late-career dalliance in post-rock experimentation. Frontman Geoff Rickly, formerly

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Got a Girl: I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now

Got a Girl: I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now

Jester Jay Goldman July 22, 2014 0

You may be surprised that Phil Collins is a recognized expert on the Alamo. While not as surprising, Daniel Nakamura’s deep appreciation for retro French pop is unexpected. Dan the Automator is known for

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Boris: Noise

Boris: Noise

Jake Cole July 21, 2014 0

Boris’ most frustrating aspect is their inconsistency, but that can also their key draw. No two of the band’s records sound exactly alike, the only link between their excursions into drone, psychedelia, stoner metal

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Mark Kozelek: Live at Biko

Mark Kozelek: Live at Biko

Nathan Stevens July 21, 2014 0

“Are you tired of these middle-aged ramblings of mine?” For better or worse, Mark Kozelek’s description of his recent work is spot on, even more so for Live at Biko. Biko is a venue

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Revisit: The Mekons: Fear and Whiskey

Revisit: The Mekons: Fear and Whiskey

Eric Dennis July 21, 2014 0

Punk and country don’t make for such strange bedfellows anymore, for better or worse. We can partly thank, or blame, the Mekons for that, as those who obsess in finding the fateful point at

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