Articles tagged rock, paper, scissors

21 Sep 2016 // 1:05 AM

Vulture Whale: Aluminium

Better than steroids were for baseball and OJ was for Ford Broncos, beautifully exotic yet weaving the basket between perfect indie pop and obtuse punk funk.

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Daniel Lanois: Goodbye to Language

Veteran producer Daniel Lanois frees his music completely on the appropriately-named Goodbye to Language.

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12 Sep 2016 // 1:10 AM

Butch Walker: Stay Gold

Butch Walker gives his greatest performance to date on heart-filled album.

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Terra Lightfoot: Every Time My Mind Runs Wild

Catchy, soulful, and genuine, Lightfoot’s latest efforts soar just as much as her soulful vocals.

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At Last, a Sober and Punk Rendering of Bruce Springsteen’s Life and Work

Boss is a solid book because the firm, understated power of Gillian Gaar’s gutter feminist voice cuts through all that glitters around Springsteen.

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Out of the Ashes and Making Smashes: Welcoming Whitney

Born from the ashes of Chicago's beloved rock stalwarts Smith Westerns comes Whitney: a sly pop duo whose sharp changes in direction and sound may very well change your life.

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Eric Clapton and Guests: Crossroads Revisited: Selections from the Crossroads Guitar Festivals

Careful selection and sequencing have made this compilation particularly strong.

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The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys

Becoming the Beach Boys offers a comprehensive glimpse into the embryonic stages of one of America’s finest pop groups.

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Terra Lightfoot - ‘Every Time My Mind Runs Wild’ (album stream) (premiere)

Terra Lightfoot could be your new rock 'n' roll hero.

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25 Aug 2016 // 1:00 AM

In the Dark: An Interview With Carl Broemel

It took him six years to make, but My Morning Jacket's Carl Broemel drew from surprising personal places to craft his latest solo effort.

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Hope Against Hope: The Soul Politics of Obama’s Summer Playlists

Words may speak the promise of transcending divisions and borders, but it’s music that delivers.

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Guns N’ Roses Knock It Out of the Park in San Francisco

The success of this tour is testament to the timeless power of these classic songs and the unique musical chemistry that coalesces when Axl, Slash and Duff share the stage.

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‘Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ All-Time Greatest Hits’ Is a Fun, But at Times Frustrating Read

Binelli has his finger on the pulse of pop culture in this era, but Jay himself, as presented here, lacks a pulse.

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Picture Atlantic - “Billy Banker” (audio) (premiere)

"Billy Banker" is a loud cry against sucking out artistic vision and extracting pure profit, and its frenetic instrumental banking gives that cry nice heft.

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17 Aug 2016 // 1:05 AM

Eagulls: Ullages

Indie quintet follows up surprise success of debut album with the ambitious Ullages, but still struggle to find much to be positive about.

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Phil Collins: No Jacket Required / ...But Seriously / Testify / Going Back

Featuring No Jacket Required, ...But Seriously, Testify, and Going Back, this set doesn't hold up nearly as strongly as one would expect (yes, even counting Jacket).

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Starover Blue - ‘Spacegeist’ (album stream) (premiere)

Beat the summer heat by putting on this album — the temperature’s guaranteed to drop ten degrees while it’s pulsing from your speakers.

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Josh Farrow - “Who’s Gonna Love You When I’m Gone” (audio) (premiere)

“Who’s Gonna Love You When I’m Gone” carries itself with an aura of impermeable coolness, suave organ and killer bassline as smooth as silk.

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Faith No More: We Care a Lot (Deluxe Band Edition)

Can a classic recording be imperfect? Can a work of art's reputation be bigger, better than the work itself? The newly-reissued Faith No More debut suggests that the answer is maybe.

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Van Morrison: It’s Too Late to Stop Now… Vols. II, III, IV and DVD

One of rock music's greatest live albums gets a sequel and shows a legendary singer/songwriter at the peak of his powers.

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Moving Pixels Podcast: The Best Games of 2016

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"The Moving Pixels Podcast counts down our top five games of 2016.

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