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The liberation beat rolls on for CSS

That cheer brigade
Struggling young bands toil to discover something novel, to uncover a musical concept that no one has encountered before, only to find, if they succeed, that this initial toiling is just step one — and that step two involves finding a way to progress so that your novel band doesn't become a novelty.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 19, 2011

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The Strokes a decade after the debut

That was it
Let's face it: popular music is a lie. But it's the lie we crave: that the Beatles taught us how to love, that the Pistols taught us to be fierce, and that the Strokes — with their debut long-player released 10 years ago this week — delivered us from a nu-metal and boy-band purgatory into a sleek and sexy modern age.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2011

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Zola Jesus | Conatus

Alternative Distribution Alliance (2011)
Listeners could be forgiven for categorizing Nika Rosa Danilova, a/k/a Zola Jesus, as a mope-tastic downer, since older songs like "Night" and "Sea Talk" have used her weapons-grade pipes in service of a Dark Lord of song.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2011

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The Horrors change more than their hair

Makeover
Near the end of my conversation with Rhys Webb, bassist for Southend-on-Sea quintet the Horrors, I begin to sense the exasperation in his voice.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 28, 2011

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Legends of the fall: The season’s 17 most anticipated albums

Björk, M83, the Metallica + Lou Reed collabo, and more
Pop culture is about manufacturing events, promoting the notion that if you aren't paying attention (and bucks) right here, right now, to this crucial content, you'll spend the rest of your life rifling through someone else's nostalgia in a desperate bid to be a part of the constant present.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  September 14, 2011

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Why there won't ever be another 'Big Four' - and why that's a good thing

The state of metal
In April, thrash metal's self-billed "Big Four" — Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax — played a one-off American show in the middle of the desert in Indio, California.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 24, 2011



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An '80s Britpop pre-history

Early echoes
The pre-history of Britpop can be traced to the early-'80s Liverpool grudge match between Echo & the Bunnymen and Julian Cope's Teardrop Explodes.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 17, 2011

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The young punk blood of Denmark's Iceage

New noise
The big conundrum at the center of the Iceage phenomenon is one of intentionality: could vocalist Elias Rønnenfelt and Co. really have known what they were doing when they crafted New Brigade's thorny morass of no-wave HC effects-laden kicks?  
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  August 10, 2011

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EMA finds herself in pop's gritty depths

Bottom's up
It's a paradoxical yet undeniable truth: sometimes in order to rise above, you need to bottom out. Erika M. Anderson, now doing business as EMA, could be a poster child for the phenomenon.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 13, 2011

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Gang Gang Dance trip the light fantastic

Everything time
Some musicians craft songs meant to elicit an emotion, and some fashion sonic mazes for the listener to get lost in. Over the course of a decade-plus career in shape-shifting psych, Brooklyn's Gang Gang Dance have found a way to do both.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 07, 2011

Oregon

Unknown Mortal Orchestra
Unknown Mortal Orchestra
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 07, 2011



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Sleeper Agent
Sleeper Agent
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  July 07, 2011

Nadia Oh taking over the dancefloor

Nadia Oh | Colours

Tiger Trax (2011)
Tiger Trax (2011)
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 29, 2011

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Urge Overkill return to settle the rock score

Re-saturation
For Chicago hook-heavy crew Urge Overkill, who come to T.T. the Bear's on July 9, years spent assuming the posture of rock gods were scant preparation for the real thing.  
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 29, 2011

Interview with Dinousar Jr. frontman

Everyone loves Dinosaur Jr.'s Bug except J Mascis

No fun
For Dinosaur Jr., an achingly melody-fueled power trio formed from the ashes of several Amherst-area hardcore bands in 1984, the pursuit of awesome came at the price of happiness, harmony, and ultimately the band itself.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 17, 2011

Jessica 6 - 'See the Light'

Jessica 6 | See the Light

Peacefrog (2011)
There is an odd paradox in the modern Western way of appreciating music-as-art: musical pieces that get enshrined on top of the pillar of "art" tend to be those with little-to-no practical utility. Thus, no genre is treated quite as disposably as dance music, even though much of society's fringe movers reside there.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 09, 2011



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Melvins' King Buzzo sludges it out

Noise solution
"I have always assumed that I have good taste," explains Buzzo. "So if I like what I do, other people will like it, right?"
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 03, 2011

New album by Cat's Eyes

Cat's Eyes | Cat's Eyes

 Polydor (2011)
It is a generally agreed upon truth that the best pop music occupies the small Venn-diagram overlap between the sacred and the profane, the itty bitty piece of real estate where our secret subconscious gets confused between which feelings belong to the Lord and those that reside Below.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 07, 2011

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Death Cab for Cutie crack familiar Codes

Self-help manual
When I phone Walla, who's in Minneapolis with Death Cab on a tour that will bring them to the cozy Paradise a week from Sunday, he's in a reflective mood.  
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 26, 2011

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tUnE-yArDs | w h o k i l l

4AD (2011)
Armed with a few delay pedals, a smattering of percussive devices, and a fucking ukelele , she creates a vocal army of one.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 25, 2011

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Krallice | Diotima

Profound Lore (2011)
The history of pop would have you believe that music has no purpose except to make you hum along and tap your toes, the perfect soundtrack for your participation in consumer society.
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  May 26, 2011


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