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  • The Pop Group We Are Time and Cabinet of Curiousities
    The Pop Group
    We Are Time and Cabinet of Curiousities

    Before Shazam, which has never worked for me, and Siri, people used to regularly serenade record store employees with off-key...

  • Annie Lennox Nostalgia
    Annie Lennox
    Nostalgia

    Nostalgia seems harmless, but Annie Lennox’s so-named new album is a real oddity. Ice Queen Annie, she of buzz cuts and Scottish alabaster, heady...

  • Unwound No Energy
    Unwound
    No Energy

    Chapter three, No Energy, in which Numero Group continues their quest to convince us of Unwound's undiminished greatness. Let me cut to the chase...

  • Zola Jesus Webster Hall, New York, October 19
    Zola Jesus
    Webster Hall, New York, October 19

    In the six years we’ve been publishing The Agit Reader, we’ve watched Nika Roza Danilova (a.k.a. Zola Jesus) develop from a dilettante...


Album Reviews

The Melvins
Hold It In
The Melvins Hold It In

After 31 years in the music game, The Melvins have reached a point where they have a blank check to do whatever their hearts desire. To be fair, the groundwork...

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What’s the Rumpus?

Dancing with Myself
by Billy Idol
Dancing with Myself by Billy Idol

Billy Idol’s name conjures the sneer, the shock of blonde hair, the leather, and, of course, his trademark rebel yell. Dancing with Myself, his...

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Past Perfect

Smashing Pumpkins
Adore: Super Deluxe Edition
Smashing Pumpkins Adore: Super Deluxe Edition

As the massive Smashing Pumpkins reissue campaign begins to draw to a close, it’s time to look at one of the more polarizing records in the band’s catalog, Adore...

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Primitive Futures

Introducing…
Motel Beds
Introducing… Motel Beds

Between the closing of Walnut Hills, the exodus of the Deal sisters, and the death of Timmy Taylor, the most fruitful and creative period in Dayton music...

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Singled Out

Lumpy and the Dumpers
“Gnats in the Pissa”
Lumpy and the Dumpers “Gnats in the Pissa”

I imagine Belleville, Illinois is a shithole. It's probably the type of place where dreams go to die and scatological cretins like Lumpy and the Dumpers thrive...

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