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Album review: Redd Kross – Researching The Blues (Merge)

This summer, a band consisting of brothers, and one formed in the L.A. area in the ‘70s, has been cashing in on the reunion circuit. That band is not Redd… Read more

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Album review: Smashing Pumpkins – Oceania (EMI)

For years, Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan—long an avowed fan of professional wrestling—has reveled in playing the heel. Over the last decade, the singer has feuded with former bandmates (most… Read more

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Album review: Ches Smith’s Cong For Brums – Psycho Predictions (88 Records)

From Baby Dodds’ tumbling his way through “Spooky Drums” to Han Bennink getting giddy on Tempo Comodo, the choices a percussionist makes when he or she sets up shop alone… Read more

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Martyn Ware’s Tales From The Bridge installation in London

Martyn Ware, synth legend, founder of Heaven 17 and immersive sound artist, was commisioned to create a unique new work to celebrate the 2012 Olympics. Ware has created a mesmerising … Read more

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Tone Audio’s test tracks for speaker evaluation

Part of my day job at TONEAudio Magazine deals with evaluating equipment from numerous manufacturers. The Bowers & Wilkins 802 Diamonds happen to be one of my reference tools of choice… Read more

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Ryan McGinley’s mesmerising video for sigur ros’ Valtari project

One of the most interesting of contemporary bands, sigur ros also push boundaries visually. Their Valtair film project gives twelve film makers a modest budget and free reign to “create whatever… Read more

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Joseph Arthur’s Redemption City new Society of Sound album

If there’s such a thing as the opposite of writer’s block, Joseph Arthur has it. The Akron, Ohio-bred/Brooklyn, NY-residing singer/songwriter, who once released four EPs in the span of as… Read more

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Wonderful video from new instrumental Darren Hayman album, Lido

Super Swimming Stadium by Darren Hayman from Darren Hayman on Vimeo. Lido is an instrumental album by Darren Hayman about open air swimming pools. He also has a blog which… Read more

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Album review: Brandi Carlile – Bear Creek (Columbia)

While she’s not a comic-book hero Avenger, Brandi Carlile possesses a disarming, clear, clarion voice that could seemingly leap tall buildings in a single bound. Late last year, on her… Read more