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OMD
The Punishment of Luxury
Oct 9, 2017 | by | No Comments | Read →

Of all the many reunions in recent years, perhaps the most pleasantly successful has been that of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (a.k.a. OMD). Successful...


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  • Ariel Pink El Club, Detroit, October 29
    Ariel Pink
    El Club, Detroit, October 29

    I keep coming back to a concert video of Frank Zappa in Barcelona on his last tour in 1988. Wearing harem pants and a frumpy, white, suburban-dad Baja...

  • Squeeze The Knowledge
    Squeeze
    The Knowledge

    Throughout rock’s history, there have been many great songwriting duos: Lennon and McCartney, Strummer and Jones, Morrissey and Marr, etc. Up there with...

  • Goth and Metal: More in Common Than a Love for Leather
    Goth and Metal: More in Common Than a Love for Leather

    Gang of Four’s Andy Gill famously slagged off In the Flat Field in the NME by calling Bauhaus “a hip Black Sabbath,” but like many snarky British tabloid...

  • Various Artists C88
    Various Artists
    C88

    That more than 30 years later it’s still possible to describe a band’s sound aesthetically as “C86” is a tribute to the lasting cultural impact of the humble...


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OMD
The Punishment of Luxury
OMD The Punishment of Luxury

Of all the many reunions in recent years, perhaps the most pleasantly successful has been that of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (a.k.a. OMD). Successful...

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