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‘A Town Called Malice’: What’s Happened to Working-Class Music?

Is it possible that the very idea of the working class doesn't exist in popular music today -- as if it's been erased?

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‘All Things Must Pass’ Chronicles the Rise and Fall of the Music Supermarket

In Colin Hanks’ admiring and tragic corporate biography, Tower Records wasn’t just a rock 'n' roll mecca, but a family operation that got high on its own supply.

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Skyler Cocco - “Some Nerve” (audio) (premiere)

The singer-songwriter blends classic grunge sounds with a strong pop sensibility on her new single.

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Chapter and Verse: New Order, Joy Division and Me

Bernard Sumner artfully describes where the music of Joy Division came from; distilled to a single cold, bleak, industrial Manchester night.

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‘Petty: The Biography’ Is the Weakest of Warren Zanes’ Work

Warren Zanes utilizes half his talent in this biography, and delivers weak Tom Petty tea to starving masses of fans.

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Dave Gahan and Soulsavers: Angels & Ghosts

The second collaboration between the cinematic production team and the Depeche Mode frontman loses the element of surprise.

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Black Mass Murder: Extreme Metal and the PMRC

A mainstream metal band like The Black Dahlia Murder is more explicit than anything the Parents Music Resource Center sought to regulate in 1985.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 5 - “Be True”

This week’s episode was full of the kinds of antics expected in the Empire universe; however, Lee Daniels and company showed with this week’s episode that there are any number of relationship dynamics still left to be explored.

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‘The Rap Year Book’ Reformats Hip-Hop History

Through colorful illustrations, irreverent humor, and informed writing, The Rap Year Book strikes a perfect balance between incisive commentary and goofy charm.

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Bruce Bauman’s Latest Is a Family Drama of Biblical Proportions

Broken Sleep is brimming with colorful characters, fascinating dialogue, and beautiful yet tragic relationships, making it easy to read and hard to forget.

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Satire and Satisfaction Roll off the Tongue in Goddard’s ‘Rollaresque’

Goddard reinvents the Rolling Stones’ tale of fame and infamy with the bawdy wit of an 18th century picaresque.

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Kaylee Johnston - “Try” (audio) (premiere)

A crazily good alt-rock hook and one hell of a voice make this new track a winner.

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Asleep at the Wheel’s Ray Benson Is ‘Comin’ Right at Ya’

A six-foot-seven-inch self-proclaimed Jewish hippie from Philly starts a Western swing band at a most inopportune time -- and lives to tell the tale.

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K’s Choice - “Perfect Scar” (video) (premiere)

The Belgian band share the new video from their first album in five years.

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City and Colour: If I Should Go Before You

City and Colour’s latest showcases the conflicting elements that, ahem, color Dallas Green’s music.

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Coheed and Cambria: The Color Before the Sun

The Color Before the Sun doesn’t come close to matching Coheed and Cambria’s greatest achievements, but it’s a worthwhile journey in its own right.

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Empire: Season 2, Episode 3 - “Fires of Heaven”

Empire, has always been chess match played in a flamboyant, Machiavellian style, but this episode’s moves were so clearly telegraphed that it’s hard to admire them.

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‘Northern Soul’: Rebellion at 45rpm

In the dance halls, we can see the transformation of lost individuals into a glorious tribe of dressed up, sweaty acolytes, flashing their baggy trousers and swirling their flared skirts.

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Don’t Believe the Hype: ‘Magic Mike XXL’ Is No Big Deal

Magic Mike XXL could have ratcheted up the expectations one has for the rom-com, but ultimately it does very little with the space that it ekes out for itself among the genre’s norms.

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October Sky - ‘Rise’ (EP stream) (premiere)

Brute force, progressive rock experimentation, and slick production highlight the latest EP by the Canadian duo.

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Cage the Elephant Ignite Central Park with Kickoff for Summerstage Season

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"Cage the Elephant rocked two sold-out nights at Summerstage and return to NYC for a free show May 29th. Info on that and a preview of the full Summerstage schedule is here.

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