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Album review: Tom Waits – Bad as Me (ANTI)

Like a madman, who doesn’t even allow his car a few seconds for the oil pressure light to extinguish itself before screaming down the street in a puff of smoke,… Read more

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Album Review: Florence & the Machine – Ceremonials (Island)

Florence Welch’s voice is an undeniable weapon. It brought concertgoers goers to a halt in 2010 at Southern California’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival. Welch and her band, Florence… Read more

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Album review: David Lynch – Crazy Clown Time (Sunday Best)

In his movies, director David Lynch explores the darkest, weirdest, and most twisted corners of the human experience. Witness the opening shot of Blue Velvet, where a camera pans through… Read more

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Lou Reed and Metallica discuss their new collaboration at Bowers & Wilkins event

Lou Reed and Metallica discuss their new collaborative album, Lulu, at an invite-only Bowers & Wilkins Sound Session. Sound Sessions are regular events which offer fans access to VIP-only listening… Read more

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Album review: Wilco – The Whole Love (dBpm/Anti)

Wilco’s The Whole Love begins with a crush of digital thunder. It’s the sound, perhaps, of computer-hard drives malfunctioning. Or maybe it’s the band imagining some sort of electronic warfare.… Read more

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Album review: Still Corners – Creatures of an Hour (Sub Pop)

Something of a litmus test happens early on in Still Corners’ debut. It comes in the form of the word “cuckoo,” and it’s repeated often throughout the song of the… Read more

Tombs. Photo by Jason Hellmann

Album Review: Tombs – Path of Totality (Relapse)

Metal is a domain to which language connoisseurs should flock—not necessarily to listen to the music, but to revel in the imaginative prose that often surrounds descriptions and/or reviews of… Read more

Girls. Photo: Jeff Dorgay

Album review: Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost (True Panther)

There’s a moment near the close of “Vomit,” the lead single off Girls’ excellent new sophomore album Father, Son, Holy Ghost, where waifish frontman Christopher Owens, buoyed by a gospel… Read more

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Album Review: Donald Byrd – The Cat Walk (Audio Wave Reissue)

A stalwart 1961 Blue Note recording, The Cat Walk features pianist Duke Pearson, bassist Laymon Jackson, energetic drummer Philly Joe Jones, and baritone saxophonist Pepper Adams. Pearson does more than… Read more