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Downtown
As the multiplying number of female major-label artists releasing bloop-bleep manifestos to wackiness attests, Björk’s stunt with the swan outfit was a defining cultural moment.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 13, 2008

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Billy Bragg

Mr. Love and Justice | Anti-
There is no irony in the title of Billy Bragg’s first album in six years.
By: JEFF TAMARKIN  |  May 06, 2008

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Phil Stacey

Lyric Street
No coincidence that Phil Stacey was interesting on Idol only when he sang songs that emphasized his creepiness — “Every Breath You Take,” for instance.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 06, 2008

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Adrian Sherwood

Becoming a Cliché/Dub Cliché | Real World
Have no fear: Real World’s reissue of producer Adrian Sherwood’s second solo album from 2006 is a fantastic choice for dubdorks and dubnewbs alike.
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  May 06, 2008

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Lil Mama

VYP: Voice of the Young People | Jive
There must be a name for the phenomenon of a child actor aging too quickly on the set of a film, right?
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 06, 2008

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The Morning Benders

Talking Through Tin Cans | + 1
It’s an ageless template that works well here.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  May 06, 2008



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Esoteric vs. Japan

Pterodactyl Takes Tokyo | Fly Casual
Anyone who considers Kanye West a genius for sampling generic Billboard toppers should be enamored of Esoteric’s second solo disc in two years.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  January 28, 2010

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Flight of the Concords

Sub Pop
Given my choice of late-night HBO comedy series about foul-mouthed acoustic duos with inflated senses of self-importance, I’ll take Tenacious D over Flight of the Conchords every time.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 29, 2008

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The Replacements: Sorry Ma, Forgot To Take Out the Trash;

Plus,  Stink; Hootenanny; Let It Be (Deluxe Editions) | Rhino/Rykodisc
The Replacements have a well-chronicled history of sabotaging their own rock stardom.
By: DAVID BOFFA  |  April 29, 2008

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Nadia Oh

Hot Like Wow | Tiger Trax
In relative terms, no music is “good” or “bad” — it just needs to be heard in an appropriate setting.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 29, 2008

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Dead Child

Attack | Quarterstick/Touch and Go
From the first monster-metal riff and warlock scream, it’s pleasantly obvious where Dead Child are headed on their full-length debut.
By: MATT ASHARE  |  April 29, 2008



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The Breeders

 Mountain Battles | 4AD
A big part of maintaining a lasting, fruitful relationship with the Breeders is acceptance.
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  April 29, 2008

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Jackie Greene

Giving Up the Ghost | 429
This ex-blues prodigy’s latest has the verve and emotional depth of Clapton’s best singer-songwriter outings.
By: TED DROZDOWSKI  |  April 22, 2008

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Benga

Diary of an Afro Warrior | Tempa
Although producer Beni Adejumo (a/k/a Benga) may be a mere 21, he’s already a grizzled vet of the UK dubstep and grime scenes.
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  April 22, 2008

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White Hinterland

Phylactery Factory | Dead Oceans
In January, Scituate native Casey Dienel blogged: “For the present and foreseeable future, there won’t be any more Casey Dienel.”
By: CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  April 22, 2008

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9th Wonder and Buckshot

The Formula | Duckdown
Although the term is often bandied about, 9th Wonder has become a true super-producer in recent years.
By: BEN WESTHOFF  |  April 22, 2008



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Prodigy

H.N.I.C. Pt 2 | AAC
By the time this goes to press, Prodigy will be roughly 10 books and 2000 push-ups deep into the three-and-change prison term he picked up last year for illegal gun possession.
By: MARTÍN CABALLERO  |  April 22, 2008

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Portishead

Third | Island
It’s a welcome step into new territory and a more than satisfying downer dose to set against the onset of sunny days and ice cream.
By: MATT PARISH  |  April 22, 2008

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Muck and the Mires

Dorren EP | Dirty Water
If Phil Spector could produce the Ramones, then Kim Fowley can produce Muck and the Mires, local faves whose sound has always been two parts Ramones to five parts British Invasion.
By: BRETT MILANO  |  April 15, 2008

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Tapes N' Tapes

Walk It Off | XL
Last time we heard from this young Minneapolis quartet — and if you spend any time on the Internet, you heard a lot — the story had little to do with music.
By: MIKAEL WOOD  |  April 15, 2008

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Ashlee Simpson

Bittersweet World | Geffen
“Damn, humans in the year 2008 were way obsessed with cartoonish depictions of ‘the ’80s, what with all these shameless Oingo Boingo and Soft Cell ripoffs.”
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 15, 2008


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