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Film At 11: Saint Etienne

Last month, British trio Saint Etienne shared ninth studio album Home Countries. Now, the band has revealed its video for “Magpie Eyes,” which centers on a group of teenagers as they set out on their day in suburban England. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Evacuate The Earth

Evacuate The Earth bring its steampunk appearance to a rumbling avant-garde head with “Evacuation Suite,” which comes from the band’s recently released self-titled album. The song develops an interesting abstract narrative, suspense boiling over to clamoring horns and a literal blast-off of a rocket to cap it all off. Check it out below. “Evacuation Suite” […]

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A Conversation With Thurston Moore

Thurston Moore has been the eternal New Yorker for so long that talking to this citizen of Stoke Newington, England—a pleasant London hamlet where he’s lived since 2013—still feels odd. Maybe it’s also due to his beginnings as a dedicated follower of the late ’70s no wave movement and its reinvigoration via Sonic Youth and […]

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From The Desk Of Finn’s Motel: A Walk In The Garden Part 4 (Ajvarski Sweet Peppers)

Finn’s Motel mastermind/auteur Joe Thebeau gifted us in late 2006 with the amazing, out-of-nowhere Escape Velocity debut, a concept album about leaving behind the drudgery of cubicle life and suburban malaise for some greater, unknown existence. Even with the help (cough) of a January 2007 MAGNET profile, it took Thebeau nearly 11 years to finally […]

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Essential New Music: GospelbeacH’s “Another Summer Of Love”

Tucked snugly in that happy place between cosmic country and neo-hippie bliss is Brent Rademaker and GospelbeacH. Fans of Beachwood Sparks will wallow in happiness for more swingin’ psychedelia. This effort is drenched in California love, the allure of deserts over cities and breezy, poppy classic-rock smatterings. Another Summer Of Love is a sure-fire soundtrack […]

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In The News: Cults, David Bowie, Loney dear, Black Grape, METZ, Marc Almond, Van Morrison, Eagles Of Death Metal, Amadou & Mariam And More

On October 6, Cults will release Offering (Sinderlyn), the follow-up to 2013’s Static … Part three of a career-spanning series of David Bowie boxed sets that already includes Five Years (1969-1973) and Who Can I Be Now? (1974-1976), the 11-CD or 13-LP A New Career In A New Town (1977-1982) is out September 29 via […]

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Essential New Music: Royal Trux’s “Platinum Tips + Ice Cream”

Royal Trux is back, playing shows with a new album supposedly in the works. While we wait to see if that promise holds, Platinum Tips + Ice Cream offers a documentation of the band’s initial reunion shows last year. For better or for worse—we’re guessing Matador has given up on getting its advance back?—the reconvening […]

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Normal History Vol. 435: The Art Of David Lester

Every Saturday, we’ll be posting a new illustration by David Lester. The Mecca Normal guitarist is visually documenting people, places and events from his band’s 33-year run, with text by vocalist Jean Smith. Excerpt from my YA novel-in-progress from 17-year-old drummer Curt Frost’s perspective. Chapter 24 Some guys want to own a hot car. Me? […]

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Essential New Music: Sam Amidon’s “The Following Mountain”

After five rewarding albums of artful, evocative (re)interpretations of primarily traditional material (and the odd contemporary pop cover), this Vermont troubadour and multi-instrumentalist makes a seemingly sharp pivot with his first offering of entirely original compositions. That the results rarely register as a major departure indicates Sam Amidon’s deep understanding of folk traditions—his groaning lamentations […]

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Chastity Brown: Magic And Loss

Chastity Brown does dark on her new album The songs on Silhouette Of Sirens (Red House), Chastity Brown’s latest album, are delivered with a quiet force that makes the emotions she’s singing about come to vibrant life. She deals honestly with many aspects of lost love, looking at them with a poet’s sympathetic eye. “I […]

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