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Remembering “Hipster Metal” & The Sword’s Gods Of The Earth 10 Years Later

Remember hipster metal? Beginning in about 2005, a mini-wave of hard rock and metal bands popped up, to great acclaim from magazines -- there were…
Phil Freeman | April 2, 2018 - 12:25 pm

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On Virtue, Julian Casablancas Scorches The Strokes’ Legacy And Leaps Into The Voidz

Back in January, over the course of less than 24 hours and with zero advance notice, the Voidz dropped a pair of new songs. On…
Michael Nelson | March 28, 2018 - 11:41 am

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On Preoccupations’ New Material, The Darkness Broadens And The Craft Deepens

Ever since their official, self-titled debut in 2015 -- when they were still known as Viet Cong -- Preoccupations have never really stopped moving. A…
Ryan Leas | March 23, 2018 - 9:57 am

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Despite Making The Best Music Of Their Career, MGMT Are Still Imprisoned By Their Past

MGMT never had a chance to sell out because they arrived already bought-in. Instead, after finding success on their debut album, the band adhered to…
Pranav Trewn | March 19, 2018 - 2:25 pm

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Looking Back On Van Halen’s Worst Album 20 Years Later

Van Halen -- the quartet of guitarist Eddie Van Halen, drummer Alex Van Halen, bassist Michael Anthony, and vocalist David Lee Roth -- rose from…
Phil Freeman | March 16, 2018 - 1:11 pm

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On Cocoa Sugar, Young Fathers’ Future Gospel Exposes The Primal Politics Of Being

"You might not be interested in war, but war is interested in you / And all your sexual capers, drug delirium / Fortunes won, lost,…
Julia Gray | March 15, 2018 - 12:00 pm

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Nostalgia Salesmen Jack White & Julian Casablancas Attempt To Outrun The Past

I was a churchgoing Goody Two-Shoes with a straight-A report card until my senior year of high school, when the Strokes and White Stripes turned…
Chris DeVille | March 14, 2018 - 11:50 am

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Read An Excerpt From Ryan H. Walsh’s New Book On Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks

For the last three three years I've been digging into the history of Van Morrison's classic LP Astral Weeks for my debut book Astral Weeks:
Ryan H. Walsh | March 13, 2018 - 9:59 am

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On A Productive Cough, Titus Andronicus Is Growing Up

When Titus Andronicus announced their fifth LP A Productive Cough, it almost felt as if it was accompanied with a warning. This album would showcase…
Ryan Leas | March 2, 2018 - 11:05 am

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“If It Makes You Happy” Is (Still) Having A Moment

My downstairs neighbors have a habit of getting wine-drunk and singing old songs. They generally break out stuff like "Love Shack" or "We Are Family."
Gabriela Tully Claymore | March 2, 2018 - 10:00 am

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Frank Zappa’s We’re Only In It For The Money Is The ’60s Psych Satire That Became A ’60s Psych Classic

"To be the man, you gotta beat the man, and...I’m the man." - The Nature Boy, Ric Flair Statistically, there’s a good chance…
Bruce Hamilton | March 2, 2018 - 9:35 am

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The Lush Sound And Shattering Silence Of Phantom Thread

If you were to watch the trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s film Phantom Thread without ever having heard a good word about it, you might…
Gabriela Tully Claymore | February 26, 2018 - 12:57 pm

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The Low-Key Legacy Of Duster, Your Favorite Indie Band’s Favorite Indie Band

Every time I’ve tried to explain how Duster has emerged as one of the most influential bands of the past decade, it sounds like I’m…
Ian Cohen | February 23, 2018 - 11:10 am

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Ghetto Blastin’ Disintegrating: Deconstructing Beck 20 Years Later

At the beginning of 1998, it felt easy to peg Beck as one of the top-tier artists of alt-rock. After he followed up the seemingly…
Nate Patrin | February 16, 2018 - 4:29 pm

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The Kick Inside At 40: How Kate Bush Let The Weirdness In And Changed Music Forever

In 1979, an interviewer asked Kate Bush -- who had recently become the first woman to reach #1 on the UK charts with a self-written…
Zoey Peresman | February 16, 2018 - 10:29 am
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