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Deconstructing: Deafheaven, Disclosure, And Crossing Over

It was damn near impossible to breeze through the music internet last month without tripping over Deafheaven and Disclosure. The two acts, both duos, just…
Chris DeVille | July 11, 2013 - 12:29 pm

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Deconstructing: Jay-Z, Kanye West, And The #NewRules of Hip-Hop Marketing

Tomorrow, Jay-Z will release Magna Carta Holy Grail, which comes just three weeks after Kanye West's Yeezus. Both new LPs are the first solo albums…
Max Blau | July 3, 2013 - 12:16 pm

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Deconstructing: Black Flag, FLAG, And Punk Nostalgia

Everything old is new again: a glance at some leading indie blogs might have you wondering if you’d suddenly time-warped back to some utopian alternative…
James Jackson Toth | June 26, 2013 - 3:50 pm

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Deconstructing: Liz Phair And Indie Rock Poptimism

As chronicled by Tom last Friday, Exile In Guyville made Liz Phair an indie rock hero. The album blazed new trails: a woman invading (and…
Chris DeVille | June 24, 2013 - 12:36 pm

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Deconstructing: Daft Punk, Will Oldham, And Two Decades Of Mysterious Musicianship

One of the things I remember most from this year’s SXSW isn’t a particular artist, a showcase, or party. It’s a Daft Punk billboard. …
Max Blau | May 22, 2013 - 12:37 pm

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Deconstructing: The National, Majical Cloudz, And Artistic Pluralism

Everything feels heavier at night. Alone at home after dark, whatever solipsistic sentiment was developing by day takes on titanic proportions. All sense of perspective…
Chris DeVille | May 14, 2013 - 2:24 pm

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Deconstructing: Jason Molina, Uninsured Musicians, And The Importance Of Health Care

On March 16, Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co.'s Jason Molina died of natural causes in his Indianapolis home. The 39-year-old songwriter's organs gave out…
Max Blau | April 22, 2013 - 12:55 pm

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Deconstructing: Phoenix And The Festival Headliner Economy

As miracles go, the last two Phoenix records were somewhere between water-into-wine and raising a man from the dead, all ecstasy and wonder and effortless…
Chris DeVille | April 11, 2013 - 1:19 pm

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Deconstructing: 10 Years Of The White Stripes Elephant And Exploding Hearts Guitar Romantic

The bar scene at Ohio University, where I was finishing up my freshman year this time 10 years ago, is a heavy-handed metaphor. Along the…
Chris DeVille | April 1, 2013 - 1:47 pm

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Deconstructing: Frightened Rabbit, Macklemore, And The Perils Of Earnestness

A few months ago, I wrote about the increasing influence of Mumford & Sons and how that band's brand of bleeding-heart folk-rock represents the convergence…
Chris DeVille | March 14, 2013 - 12:55 pm

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Deconstructing: SXSW Through The Eyes Of An Austinite

So you're in a band. Let's say there's three of you: gives you a good fullness-of-sound to van-space ratio. Who else has to be in…
Brad Shoup | March 12, 2013 - 12:48 pm

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Deconstructing: The Return Of The Postal Service And Why 2013 Should Be The New 2003

In 2003, indie rock was undergoing an identity crisis. The "garage rock" bands had already peaked. "Dance-punk" was barely getting started. 2003 was perhaps the…
David Holmes | March 1, 2013 - 10:52 am

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Deconstructing: 20 Years Of Thom Yorke

The most memorable moment of my junior year Homecoming night wasn't the dinner (who knows where), the dance (in my high school gymnasium, I think?)…
Chris DeVille | February 26, 2013 - 1:40 pm

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Deconstructing: Chris Brown, Surfer Blood, And Villainizing Entertainers

Chris Brown stayed busy these last few weeks adding to his long rap sheet of objectionable behavior. The troubled pop star launched his latest notoriety…
Chris DeVille | February 13, 2013 - 2:53 pm

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Deconstructing: The 2013 Grammys

When the Grammy nominations came out back in December, they looked significantly younger and hipper than usual. This legendarily conservative institution, the one that recognized…
Chris DeVille | February 11, 2013 - 4:52 pm