Articles tagged rock, paper, scissors

Jerry Garcia and Merl Saunders: Garcia Live Volume Six: July 5, 1973

Their partnership lasted about four years and 250 shows but a new archival record suggests that it was some of the best music either Merl Saunders or Jerry Garcia made at the time. And just who is that mystery trumpeter?

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28 Jun 2016 // 2:15 AM

The Shelters: The Shelters

The Shelters exist somewhere indeterminately between Tom Petty's "American Girl" and the Strokes' "Last Nite", crafting a high-energy blend of garage rock and old-fashioned Americana.

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24 Jun 2016 // 9:36 AM

Paul McCartney: Pure McCartney (take 2)

Pure McCartney really is a compilation for those wanted to dip their toes in wading pool instead of jumping waterfalls.

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Steve Vai: Passion and Warfare (25th Anniversary Edition) / Modern Primitive

The 25th anniversary edition of Passion and Warfare does something that anniversary reissues rarely do: provide a re-framing of a classic album.

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Adam Clark - “Your Own Way” (audio) (premiere)

In a sub-genre often riddled with a myriad of exploits to bring as many one hit wonders to the top of the charts as possible as pop/rock is, Adam Clark comes across as one of the few genuine articles in his lane that could readily find success in a crowded playing field.

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Various Artists: Venezuela 70: Cosmic Visions of a Latin American Earth

Venezuela thrived culturally and economically in the '70s, and this compilation reveals the fresh and exciting experimental rock scene at a time when rock music in that country was finding its own sound.

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Automagik - “The Road” (video) (premiere)

It’s tough to merge typically self-serious dusty garage rock with a loose, carefree attitude, but Automagik treads that line quite well.

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‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’ Avoids the Usual Rock Doc Clichés

Janis Joplin's life and career get the American Masters treatment in a doc that provides useful reminders about her titanic spirit and talent.

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The Wans - ‘Run Baby Run’ (EP stream) (premiere)

The Wans' brand of rock aims straight for the groin, rollicking and raunchy.

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Little Brother Eli - “Who Do You” (video) (premiere)

If you dive into a Little Brother Eli record, expect bone-crunching blues rock that’ll flatten you against a wall with the force of its distortion.

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Travis: Everything at Once

Travis may never be able to cut loose from their folk rock trappings. But Everything At Once has enough injections of passion and departures from the regular formula to merit attention.

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Paul McCartney: Pure McCartney

Pure McCartney is a collection rich with terrific songwriting and performances, a monumental testament to Paul McCartney’s legacy that extends far beyond the Beatles.

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13 Jun 2016 // 3:00 AM

Destruction and Space: An Interview with Heron Oblivion

The heavy psych supergroup (that's half of Comets on Fire, Espers' Meg Baird and guitar wizard Charlie Saufley) makes a beautiful noise, with plenty of space for reflection and experiment.

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Garbage: Strange Little Birds

Strange Little Birds is far better than it has any right to be, as few bands ever deliver such a steady and satisfying record this far into their career.

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10 Jun 2016 // 11:30 AM

Band of Horses - “Whatever, Wherever” (Singles Going Steady)

"Whatever, Wherever" is a stripped-down acoustic paean to the selflessness of love.

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9 Jun 2016 // 9:30 AM

Garbage - “Empty” (Singles Going Steady)

"Empty" may not be reinventing the wheel, but at least Garbage are making quality alt-rock that stands on its own two feet instead of drowning in its influences.

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WOMPS: Our Fertile Forever

WOMPS pay homage to the stylings of some modern legends on their debut album.

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An Anxious Eroticism: The Flesh and Machinery Grooves of Elyas Khan

Elyas Khan's sensuously-disquieting music, in his own words, is a hallucinatory event: it embodies the kind of fear, alarm and agoraphobia we sometimes feel when we've read too many headlines for the day.

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Architects: All Our Gods Have Abandoned Us

Architects' seventh album is an ambitious, unforgiving wake-up call from a band that's staring into the abyss.

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Sweet Crude - “Mon Esprit” (audio) (premiere)

Sweet Crude is an extremely exciting new group with haunting and mesmerizing vocals sung in Louisiana French and English.

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'Overwatch' and Anger Issues

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"I get angry in Overwatch not because I hate to lose, but because most of the time when I do lose, I can see so clearly how the loss could have been avoided.

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