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Essential New Music: The Shins’ “Heartworms”

James Mercer has always been something of an old soul. On the Shins’ immortal 2001 debut Oh, Inverted World, he already sounded world-weary and wan, hiding an existential dread and terror of intimacy beneath glistening melodies and vaguely vintage recording techniques a la R.E.M. circa Murmur, and never better than on “New Slang,” the national […]

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Essential New Music: Craig Finn’s “We All Want The Same Thing”

Craig Finn’s writing style is vivid, character-driven and aphoristic. It’s what’s made the Hold Steady so rewarding over the years: He’s created a community of on-the-fringe (and sometimes unhinged) bar-dwellers and sinners. With his talk/sing delivery, his open-hearted empathy and his evangelical belief in rock ’n’ roll catharsis, Finn has chosen to drill down into […]

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MAGNET Classics: The Making Of Interpol’s “Turn On The Bright Lights”

The making of Interpo’s Turn On The Bright Lights By Corey duBrowa It’s the most mesmerizing 3:57 in indie rock and maybe one of the greatest album openers of all time, a monster monogram of a track that announces, with full clarity of purpose and voice, a band you’ve never heard before playing from the […]

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Essential New Music: Paul Weller’s “Jawbone: Music From The Film”

He’s now well into his fourth decade as a recording artist, yet the Modfather shows no sign of resting upon his bespoke laurels. Following up 2014’s Saturn’s Pattern, Paul Weller has finished a new studio album (due for imminent release) and started writing material for a follow-up. Somehow, in the midst of all this fevered […]

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In The News: Radiohead, National, Cornelius, Rancid, Evan Dando, Can, Cars And More

On June 23, Radiohead will release OKNOTOK—featuring a remastered OK Computer, eight b-sides and three previously unreleased songs—via XL … Sleep Well Beast is the seventh studio album from the National, and it’s out September 8 on 4AD … Cornelius will release Mellow Waves, his first album in 11 years, on July 21 via Rostrum … Trouble […]

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Essential New Music: I Am The Polish Army’s “My Old Man”

For the last decade, singer/guitarist Emma DeCorsey has lived the rock ’n’ roll life, with all its giddy highs and depressing lows. She’s played to empty clubs, had affairs with famous musicians and struggled to find her artistic voice. After DeCorsey met bass player Turner Stough and drummer Eric Kuby, everything came together, and the […]

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Normal History Vol. 427: 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. 20 Years / No Escape I row my boat to shore I pull up on the sandy beach of spite I walk […]

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Sneaks: Skewed Punk Jazz

With It’s A Myth, Sneaks proves bass is the place Eva Moolchan, the woman who performs and records as Sneaks, is one of Washington, D.C.’s most unique artists. Her singular musical approach amalgamates the most propulsive elements of punk, rock, dance, hip hop, jazz and free improvisation into dense nuggets of rhythm and melody. Driven […]

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Film At 11: Sleaford Mods

It makes sense that the new video from Sleaford Mods features the band performing in a shaded kitchen and lit by plastic disco lights. “Moptop,” which comes from latest LP English Tapas, sounds sparing but is undeniably passionate, and seeing Jason Williamson perform an aggressive tune in one scene and hold an adorable pup in the next […]

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Essential New Music: British Sea Power’s “Let The Dancers Inherit The Party”

England’s British Sea Power has been cranking out anthemic alt-rock since the turn of the century with consistent if somewhat generic results. The band has become quite successful over time, making several solid albums and interesting film soundtracks as well as performing dynamic live shows along the way. The group enjoys a devoted following, one […]

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