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Album review: Cat Power – Sun (Matador)

While it’s only been six years since Cat Power, a.k.a. Chan Marshall, released her last album of original material, The Greatest, it sounds like well over 60 years have passed.… Read more

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Album review: The Flaming Lips and Heady Fwiends (Warner Brothers)

As the alt-generation’s band of merry pranksters, The Flaming Lips have been afforded generous leniency regarding creative projects and maverick decisions. Not that earlier moves required much defense. For instance,… Read more

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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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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

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Album Review: Neneh Cherry & The Thing – The Cherry Thing (Smalltown Supersound)

For the past two decades, Neneh Cherry has primarily served as an answer to 80s-minded trivia questions along the lines of “Who sang the hit ‘Buffalo Stance’?” The stepdaughter of… Read more

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Album Review: Sigur Ros – Valtari (XL Recordings)

Emily had music nerd appeal. Well, has, rather, as she’s still alive, just not a part of this writer’s life. Tall and dark-haired, and with a footwear collection that seemingly… Read more

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Album review: High On Fire – De Vermis Mysteriis (E One Music)

High On Fire picks up where Mastodon left off. Where the latter eschews fantasy worlds on its recent The Hunter, the formidable West Coast power trio embraces such concepts on De Vermis… Read more