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Archive for January, 2017
 
 
 
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Muy Cansado!

Yo La Tengo had the grace and ability to demonstrate that even a band from central New Jersey founded by a bunch of white guys could pull off a Spanish name. Though it certainly helped that their name (“I have it”) ...
 
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Black Mountain Reaches a New Peak

Remember the days before Napster, Kazaa, and BitTorrent? I hardly do either, but many of us can nostalgically look back upon the days where the decision-making process involving music purchases was an intelligible affair. Most ...

 
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Ports of Call Act Like Thieves

There is no need for me to stress the importance of atmosphere within music. Anyone who has heard any quality music, from classical works to punk or shoegaze, understands that it is a vital component in building up a dedicated ...
 
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Kathy Zimmer Uses a Spare Key

The transition from serene rurality to urban skyscrapers can be quite traumatic, especially in regard to first-time visitors of New York City. Public transportation, swelling streets with numbered names, the ceaseless commute&#...

 
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Ride the Bran Van 3000

It would be appropriate to say that Bran Van 3000 have been one of the most subtly successful groups of the past few years. Their songs have been displayed in a countless number of movies, television shows, and assorted adverts...
 
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Private Has a Secret Lover

I try to spread the genres out a bit with my day-to-day articles. A little bit of pop one day, a touch of rock the other, and full-fledged electronica the next; diversity certainly makes our lives a lot less tiring. It also kee...

 
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Gary Reynolds and the Brides of Obscurity

I admit, I have not heard many successful bands with an unabbreviated name as long as this five-piece from Seattle. In fact, I was surprised to find that they fit their name on their album cover. Boasting a whole 12 syllables, ...
 
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Central Standard Takes Center Stage

Urgency is a petty thing. People often assume that there is a vital need for it, even if it can often result in quality of a lesser standard due to the increased level of production. However, for Frankie Ostello’s vocal s...