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Spoon and Interpol
Kemba Live, Columbus, August 30

Despite sharing the same label (Matador Records), the pairing of Spoon and Interpol would seem to make for strange bedfellows, let alone a

The Cult
Rose Music Center, Huber Heights, July 15

Surveying the crowd gathered for The Cult’s stop on its We Own the Night Tour in Huber Heights, Ohio, it was clear that the band’s

The Chats, “6L GTR”

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Crows
Beware Believers

Having released a truly astonishing debut (one of our favorites of 2019), Crows might have easily fallen into a sophomore slump, especially with the

Richard Thompson
(guitar, vocal)

Over the course of his more than 50-year career, Richard Thompson has established himself as a virtuosic guitarist and a gifted songwriter. But in 1976

Riki

Riki

Although she had been a member of goth-leaning Bay area outfit Crimson Scarlet and some even more obscure anarcho-punk bands, Riki (a.k.a. Niff Nawor) appeared virtually out of nowhere in 2020 with her self-titled debut on the esteemed Dais label. One of our favorites that year, it mixed a bevy of synth pioneer influences with a touch of the ethereal and Riki’s equally enigmatic …


Sparks
Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, April 1

Although they have had intermittent bouts of mainstream success, particularly in the UK, where they relocated for several

Johnny Marr
Fever Dreams Pts. 1–4

It’s been more than 30 years since The Smiths broke up and yet the band’s music remains hallowed ground despite their obstreperous mouthpiece continuing

Spoon
Lucifer on the Sofa

It’s tempting to call Spoon’s latest, Lucifer on the Sofa (Matador Records), a return to form, but aside from a couple of mediocre albums midway through their

The Agit Reader Top 10 of 2021

A year ago, when looking back on 2020, it seemed like things could only get better. Hell, they couldn’t get any worse, right? And for a while, things did get better in 2021. Optimism spilled forth as COVID-19 vaccines become available. For a moment, it seemed like things might return to “normal.” Public gatherings — most importantly, shows — returned. But with Trumpian anti-vaxxers in …


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