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Essential New Music: Ne-Hi’s “Offers”

If all the classic rock ’n’ roll roads have already been traveled, nobody bothered to tell Chicago upstart Ne-Hi. That’s not a slight in the faintest: The crew’s dynamic and rollicking Offers is informed by generations of proto-, post- and revivalisms. Initially conceived as a film-scoring project and forged in the basement show circuit, Ne-Hi’s […]

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From The Desk Of Jason Falkner And R. Stevie Moore: Spaghetti

Ever since his departure from Jellyfish at the peak of the band’s brief early-’90s run, Jason Falkner has relished his role as a self-made power-pop iconoclast. R. Stevie Moore’s championing of the DIY recording aesthetic stretches all the way back to the late ’60s, gaining underground momentum during the following decade’s punk explosion. Unlike Falkner, Moore […]

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Chicano Batman: Paradise Now

The political is personal and poetic for Chicano Batman As far as psychedelic alt-Latino bands with major dollops of soul go, Los Angeles’ Chicano Batman is the sleekest—not solely for its sound or for its sophisticated socio-political rhetoric, but also for its bespoke, sartorial dress sense. Nearly 10 years since its start, the raging, dynamic […]

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From The Desk Of Jason Falkner And R. Stevie Moore: My Vintage Hi-Fi Setup

Ever since his departure from Jellyfish at the peak of the band’s brief early-’90s run, Jason Falkner has relished his role as a self-made power-pop iconoclast. R. Stevie Moore’s championing of the DIY recording aesthetic stretches all the way back to the late ’60s, gaining underground momentum during the following decade’s punk explosion. Unlike Falkner, Moore […]

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Essential New Music: The Jigsaw Seen’s “For The Discriminating Completist”

Mom always said, “Honesty’s the best policy.” So, up front, I’ve known Dennis Davison and Jonathan Lea, impassioned vocalist and throbbing guitarist for L.A.’s Jigsaw Seen, for more than 25 years. But that changes nothing. When joined by bassist Tom Currier and drummer Teddy Freese, Jigsaw has assembled the most daring rock ’n’ roll seen […]

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Record Store Day 10

A highly selective look at what yesterday’s 10th anniversary Record Store Day had to offer Like drunks recalling their teen frat antics or Asbury Park-ers remembering every Bruce sighting, everybody in the label and the vinyl record biz has a Record Store Day start story: the decisions as to what studio and/or live rarities to […]

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From The Desk Of Jesca Hoop: Hummus

The first thing you notice about singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop’s seventh full-length is how spare it sounds, each song assembled only from two or three instrumental elements and Hoop’s warm-yet-adaptive, shape-shifting voice. Then you stop hearing that sparseness, so rich does the album sound. Somewhere near a half-hour into its 40-minute running time, it hits you […]

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Essential New Music: Horse Thief’s “Trials And Truths”

In the ’70s, a crafty pair of neuro-linguistic programmers borrowed the idea of “stacking realities” from hypnotherapist Milton Erickson. That concept is where the therapist layers multiple suggestions on top of one another when telling a single story; by linking together so many disparate ideas, the subjects’ defenses are disarmed by confusion, ultimately sending them […]

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Normal History Vol. 422: 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. Every now and then, an unmistakable arc positions itself from the song in question to a more recent song. In this case, […]

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From The Desk Of Jesca Hoop: BMW 02

The first thing you notice about singer/songwriter Jesca Hoop’s seventh full-length is how spare it sounds, each song assembled only from two or three instrumental elements and Hoop’s warm-yet-adaptive, shape-shifting voice. Then you stop hearing that sparseness, so rich does the album sound. Somewhere near a half-hour into its 40-minute running time, it hits you […]

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