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Album Review: A Tribe Called Quest – “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service”

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November 25, 2016
Album Review: A Tribe Called Quest – “We Got It From Here… Thank You 4 Your Service”

The new A Tribe Called Quest album is really good. These are words I didn’t expect to ever write, and having typed them out, I’m exhaling, relaxing for a moment, taking a second to step back from the craziness of the world and appreciate something wonderful. Because this album, the unexpected, long-awaited, clunkily-titled We...
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Single Reviews: Japanese Breakfast, Poliça, Dream Wife

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February 19, 2016
Single Reviews: Japanese Breakfast, Poliça, Dream Wife

Japanese Breakfast – Everybody Wants To Love You This song clocks in at just a hair over two minutes and doesn’t waste a second of that time, bounding from opening riff to verse to chorus to instrumental break without so much as a moment to breathe. Japanese Breakfast is the umbrella alias for Philadelphia-based...
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Single Review: Primal Scream and Sky Ferreira’s ‘Where The Light Gets In’

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February 17, 2016
Single Review: Primal Scream and Sky Ferreira’s ‘Where The Light Gets In’

A new Primal Scream release is always an intriguing proposition; one never has any idea what to expect. Bobby Gillespie and his band of merry men have tried out so many sounds over the course of their career, taken on so many collaborators, dabbled in so many disciplines and messed with so many styles,...
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“Never Bored, So I’ll Never Get Old”: Farewell to David Bowie.

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January 16, 2016
“Never Bored, So I’ll Never Get Old”: Farewell to David Bowie.

David Bowie was a master of storytelling, of theatricality, of stagecraft, of audience misdirection. He may have been a musician first and foremost, but he was constantly playing with imagery and appearance, presenting himself and his work in new and different ways. He could walk onstage with an acoustic guitar and command the attention...
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Starwarsploitation Sounds: Star Wars On Record, 1977-1979 [Revised And Expanded]

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December 17, 2015
Starwarsploitation Sounds: Star Wars On Record, 1977-1979 [Revised And Expanded]

After Star Wars became a blockbuster success in 1977, it came as very little surprise that lots of cash-in attempts ensued. Every major movie studio suddenly seemed to have a big-budget sci-fi film...
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Op-Ed: Nirvana’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Feminism.

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April 12, 2014
Op-Ed: Nirvana’s Rock And Roll Hall Of Feminism.

As you may have heard, Nirvana was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame this past Thursday.  And to close out the evening’s awards ceremony, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, and Krist Novoselic did something pretty phenomenal – rather than finding some faux-Cobanian guy or run-of-the-mill rock god to handle the lead vocals,...
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Christmas Music Guidebook: A Hawaiian Holiday Hullabaloo!

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December 23, 2013
Christmas Music Guidebook: A Hawaiian Holiday Hullabaloo!

There are few things in popular culture as divisive as Christmas music.  The mere mention of the topic tends to create two factions in an otherwise amenable group; one party feels as though they must come up with progressively more exaggerated metaphors to express their loathing for anything resembling a sleigh bell, the other...
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Christmas Music Guidebook: A Totally Tijuana Christmas!

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December 14, 2013
Christmas Music Guidebook: A Totally Tijuana Christmas!

There are few things in popular culture as divisive as Christmas music.  The mere mention of the topic tends to create two factions in an otherwise amenable group; one party feels as though they must come up with progressively more exaggerated metaphors to express their loathing for anything resembling a sleigh bell, the other...
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Album Reviews: Luscious Jackson, The Shondes, Mike Doughty

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December 4, 2013
Album Reviews: Luscious Jackson, The Shondes, Mike Doughty

Luscious Jackson – Magic Hour (City Song Records, 2013) It’s been fourteen years since the last Luscious Jackson album.  In their late-90s heyday, their infectious tunes spanned the divide between the underground and overground, breaking into modern rock radio playlists and appearing in regular rotation on MTV.  They featured on the Good Will Hunting...
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Interview: Creators Vivek J. Tiwary And Andrew Robinson Discuss “The Fifth Beatle”

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December 1, 2013
Interview: Creators Vivek J. Tiwary And Andrew Robinson Discuss “The Fifth Beatle”

Vivek Tiwary and Andrew Robinson’s The Fifth Beatle is a new graphic novel that tells the story of Brian Epstein, a man who discovered and managed The Beatles, and built them from a modestly popular local band into the most acclaimed and successful musical act of all time – but who remains shrouded largely...
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