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  • Cinema Cinema A Night at the Fights
    Cinema Cinema
    A Night at the Fights

    Bless their hearts—sometimes that’s the only reaction you can have when you come across a record that doesn’t quite make the grade. Such is the case...

  • The Pharmacy Spells
    The Pharmacy
    Spells

    Timing is everything. So it’s with a touch of bittersweet head smacking that Seattle band The Pharmacy announced their break-up on the eve of the release...

  • The Gaslight Athem Get Hurt
    The Gaslight Athem
    Get Hurt

    At one point, The Gaslight Anthem had a propensity for writing heart-wrenching songs that went straight for the jugular. They were a New Jersey rock band with...

  • Dilated Peoples Directors of Photography
    Dilated Peoples
    Directors of Photography

    Dilated Peoples were born at a time when major labels were flush with money and were courting nearly every type of hip-hop. But unlike some of their...


Album Reviews

Sinead O’Connor
I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss
Sinead O’Connor I’m Not Bossy, I’m the Boss

Since tearing up a photo of Pope John Paul II on Saturday Night Live some 20 years ago, Sinead O’Connor has been known as much for her divisive...

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What’s the Rumpus?

Mac DeMarco
Skully’s Music Diner, Columbus, July 17
Mac DeMarco Skully’s Music Diner, Columbus, July 17

There's a particular sense of nagging dread when one's favorite musicians cross over. Not “sell out” mind you—though on this night...

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Past Perfect

The Gun Club
Fire of Love
The Gun Club Fire of Love

Between the mediocrity of the records he made while in decline and the overshadowing notoriety that comes from an early death, the music that...

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Primitive Futures

Introducing…
The Stevens
Introducing… The Stevens

The Stevens’ debut, The History of Hygiene, is a rare record in this day and age. It takes some digging to discover, and though the RIYL tags that have been...

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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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