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30 Mar 2016 // 10:50 AM

Travis - “Magnificent Time” (Singles Going Steady)

"Magnificent Time" is an apt title for this bouncy, infectious slice of British indie pop.

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Renewed Lust for Life: Iggy Pop Breaks Free, Aided by Joshua Homme, on ‘Post Pop Depression’

Iggy Pop's voice can be both snarling and debonair, set against layers of sound and texture from Josh Homme.

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‘Real Love No Drama’ Is Longer on Praise for Mary J. Blige Than Context

One hopes Real Love No Drama will not be the last word on one of the most culturally significant black stars to emerge since hip-hop went pop in the late ‘80s.

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Teddy Thompson and Kelly Jones: Little Windows

Teddy Thompson returns with a collection predictably superior songs. And he's got a new singing partner who proves that she can keep him on his toes.

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‘Small Town Talk’ Both Celebrates and Interrogates Woodstock’s Past

If you're looking for a true-to-life portrait of the way cultural memory evolves and is shaped within the context of a small town, this is a profound case study.

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Boston Underground Film Festival 2016: ‘Kill Your Friends’

American Psycho heads across the pond in a fun, albeit derivative, dark comedy about a sociopathic music label A&R man in the midst of the Britpop craze.

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Lincoln Durham - ‘Revelations of a Mind Unraveling’ (album stream) (premiere)

One-man Americana band Lincoln Durham sings and plays a mixed up gumbo of Southern roots music genres that crackle and pop with passion and intensity.

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24 Mar 2016 // 8:30 AM

Glitterbust - “The Highline” (Singles Going Steady)

Kim Gordon's latest project is pretty much what you'd expect from a Sonic Youth alum.

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24 Mar 2016 // 2:30 AM

Night Moves: Pennied Days

Night Moves' Pennied Days is a small town rock record with big studio ambition.

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Lincoln Durham: Revelations of a Mind Unraveling

Touched by the Southern gothic as well as the big city idea of it, Lincoln Durham proves himself ready for wider attention on this latest and greatest.

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The Cars: The Elektra Years 1978-1987

The Cars made six albums for Elektra in just under a decade. Five of those are far above average. Another shows why the group stopped at exactly the right time.

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22 Mar 2016 // 11:30 AM

DMA’s - “In the Moment” (Singles Going Steady)

DMA's have the musical thumbprint of '80s and '90s indie rock groups, but they don't let that fact hinder their personality.

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Mark Mallman - ‘The End Is Not The End’ (album stream) (premiere)

For those who declare rock 'n' roll dead, Mallman convinces that rock can still give us something to believe in.

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Ace Frehley Rocks Time and Space in Beverly Hills

Frehley delivered the goods song after song, ripping off the hot licks that inspired the next generation of guitar heroes while also delivering almost all of his most beloved classics with his typically affable wit and charm.

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18 Mar 2016 // 2:10 AM

Bonnie Raitt: Dig in Deep

One of the most dependable artists of her generation, the road and the music are linked indelibly to Bonnie Raitt’s identity. And we’re all the better for it.

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Waiting for Buddy Guy: Chicago Blues at the Crossroads

In the late '70s and early '80s, British blues fan Alan Harper became a transatlantic pilgrim to Chicago. He came to listen to the blues. This rich memoir captures not only the music, but the memories of many of Chicago's great blues legends and others who lived during this important era.

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‘Small Town Talk’ and the Rise and Fall of Woodstock

Small Town Talk offers an in-depth look at the rise and fall of not only the town of Woodstock, but also those who made an icon of '60s idealism.

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Pere Ubu: Architecture of Language 1979 -1982

The second Pere Ubu box set from Fire Records collects their three most nightmarishly cheerful records, songs of innocence and experience that seek to invent their own language.

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10 Mar 2016 // 5:00 PM

Black Mountain - “Florian Saucer Attack” (Singles Going Steady)

"Florian Saucer Attack" shows Black Mountain pressing their instruments, and thereby the song itself, toward some limit-point where eschatological destruction looms precipitously near.

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8 Mar 2016 // 3:15 PM

Cate Le Bon - “Wonderful” (Singles Going Steady)

Being nuts offers an opportunity for Cate LeBon and the band to be creative. It’s wonderful.

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Culture Belongs to the Alien in 'Spirits of Xanadu'

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"The symbols that the artifact in Spirits of Xanadu uses are esoteric -- at least for the average Western gamer. It is Chinese culture reflected back at us through the lens of alien understanding.

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