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Getting on With It in ’56 Up’

In the eighth installment of Michael Apted’s epochal documentary series, his aging participants (one of cinema’s greatest assemblage of living characters) provide not just a telescope into the past but also a kind of primer for how to live, even as the specter of mortality starts to cast its shadow.

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The Crookes: Hold Fast

First off, the Crookes are very good at what they do — crafting tight, catchy pop songs. Unfortunately, what they’re just as adept at doing is sounding very much like a variety of bands that came before them.

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New Cassettes: Winterhead

On its sophomore album, New Cassettes outfits its slick emo pop and Britpop with post-punk affectations. It's almost enough to make you overlook some lyrical incoherence.

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