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Essential New Music: Scott H. Biram’s “The Bad Testament”

Scott H. Biram has got kind of a corny shtick on paper: the old one-man band, all grizzly and gruff, just him and a guitar singing into a collection of battered vintage microphones duct-taped together. But he more than makes up for these limitations by dint of his hard-ass love for American folk roots. This […]

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In The News: Saint Etienne, Thurston Moore, Feist, Swans, !!!, Alison Moyet, Danzig, Ride, Black Lips, Nite Jewel, Royal Trux, Jason Isbell And More

Saint Etienne has announced the June 2 release of Home Counties on Heavenly … Rock N Roll Consciousness, the new album from Thurston Moore, will be released by Caroline on April 28. Several North American tour dates will follow … Interscope will issue Feist’s first new album in six years, Pleasure, on April 28 … An […]

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From The Desk Of The Feelies: James Brown’s “I Cant Stand Myself” 45

“Stay the course. Keep on trying.” So sings Glenn Mercer on the Feelies’ In Between, their sixth album and second since rebooting in 2008. Last year, the Haledon, N.J., band founded by guitarists Mercer and Bill Million celebrated its 40th anniversary. Crazy Rhythms, their frenetic, classic debut, arrived in 1980, but they waited six years […]

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Essential New Music: Brokeback’s “Illinois River Valley Blues”

Though some things change, others stay the same. Across 22 years and multiple incarnations, Douglas McCombs (also of Tortoise, Eleventh Dream Day and Pullman) has remained the sole consistent member of Brokeback. Early on, the sound was focused on melodies he composed for six-string electric bass. Accompanists, recording and rhythmic approaches, and instruments have come […]

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Normal History Vol. 418: 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. In 1989, on the return leg of a West Coast tour, we drove the 640 miles from San Francisco to Olympia, Wash., […]

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From The Desk Of The Feelies: Elvis’ “Trying To Get To You” 45

“Stay the course. Keep on trying.” So sings Glenn Mercer on the Feelies’ In Between, their sixth album and second since rebooting in 2008. Last year, the Haledon, N.J., band founded by guitarists Mercer and Bill Million celebrated its 40th anniversary. Crazy Rhythms, their frenetic, classic debut, arrived in 1980, but they waited six years […]

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Aquilo: Killing Them Softly

The members of Aquilo leave the heavy-metal/grunge parking lot to explore their quieter side In this era of urgent, accelerated technology, the gorgeous, piano-based ballads on Silhouettes—the debut disc from subtly soulful duo Aquilo—work almost like a nerve-soothing, pulse-calming panacea, the perfect antidote to instant gratification. You have to wait for flowery cuts like “Sorry,” […]

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From The Desk Of The Feelies: Bo Diddley’s “Cracking Up” 45

“Stay the course. Keep on trying.” So sings Glenn Mercer on the Feelies’ In Between, their sixth album and second since rebooting in 2008. Last year, the Haledon, N.J., band founded by guitarists Mercer and Bill Million celebrated its 40th anniversary. Crazy Rhythms, their frenetic, classic debut, arrived in 1980, but they waited six years […]

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Film At 11: Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen released one of the best albums of 2016 with My Woman, and now we’re making sure you’ve seen her latest video. The clip for “Pops” is as foggy and melancholy as Olsen’s heavyhearted track, proving that the song is the perfect track for staring aimlessly out the window. Check it out below.

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MP3 At 3PM: Atlas Road Crew

Atlas Road Crew is following up 2015’s Halfway To Hopkins with a new single, “My Own Way,” a true tour-de-force of open-road rock ‘n’ roll. This track is huge and undeniably fun, perfect for fantasizing about all the things you’re going to do when the snow finally stops falling. Check it out below, and keep an […]

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