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The Great Beast Resurrected

The long, strange trip of seminal metal band Celtic Frost is unexpectedly outfitted with a new plot twist: a new record that redefines a career over 20 years after it began.

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17 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Practice Makes Imperfect

Yet another reissue of Wire's early albums presents a chance to reappraise the band's vaunted reputation -- were they punk-inspired innovators or canny and cynical manipulators of their audience's pretensions?

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15 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Dada Swing

How does an Italian band overcome an indifferent scene at home and the insular, unexposed audiences overseas? Why, by conquering America first, of course... one show at a time.

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A World of Limestone: Grant McLennan 1958-2006

With the passing of Grant McLennan, the world loses one of the best songwriters it never knew it had.

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It’s Different for Girls

Rounder Records' new tween collective, a manufactured group of girls with inflexibly 'distinct personalities', is little more than harmless fun for a very specific target market. But what potential effects will Girl Authority have on the developing identity of its audience?

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Lonnie Donegan and the Birth of British Rock

As skiffle's working-class trailblazer, Lonnie Donegan infused '50s British rock 'n' roll with a regional accent and music-hall comedy style missing from the popular American exports.

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9 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

From Classy to Ashy

Though they are said to celebrate 'urban luxury', why are hip-hop CD covers so dull and unappealing?

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8 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

Running a Different Race

The Walkmen faced down a writer's block crisis and the constant pressure to tour in order to craft their latest album, A Hundred Miles Off.

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Dancing in the Face of Adversity: The New Orleans JazzFest After Katrina

Our reporter covers the first week of JazzFest and partying to those great NOLA tunes within a national disaster zone.

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Amel Larrieux

After reaching the heights of mainstream success, neo-soul vocalist Amel Larrieux had to start over when it came to crafting her own vision. Three albums into a sometimes turbulent solo career, she's finally found her independence, and is preparing a musical explosion of creative output.

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Folk Goes Interplanetary with Espers

The Philadelphia folk collective's Greg Weeks and Meg Baird talk about their new larger band, the tantalizing possibility of an all-planetarium tour, and their delicate balance of space-age drone and pristine folk.

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The Busy Boy Buys Box Sets: Billy Bragg Revisited

Billy Bragg has been described elsewhere as a one-man Clash, but that's the sort of arrant nonsense that gets music journalists a bad name. No, what Bragg is, is an English Bob Dylan. Cross-bred with a cockney Morrissey who learned how to box.

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27 Apr 2006 // 9:00 PM

Death and Music

As my eyes locked on that stark casket, my mind tripped out. The cognitive dissonance of it all shut me down until they played Aunt Shirley's 'Here's to Life'.

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Silversun Pickups

Something special is happening in Los Angeles, but a band with a sound this big can't be kept secret for long. Silversun Pickups are ascending artists of raucous splendor and inspiring vitality.

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Sounds Better in a Song: An Interview with Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers guitarist Mike Cooley talks with us about the blood and guts inside the Southern rock band's rollicking new album.

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The Creeping Nobodies

Doing it all for the love of the music, Toronto-based band the Creeping Nobodies keeps the romantic dream alive while diligently slogging through the dirty work, finding themselves on the cusp of expanding both their territory and their audience's horizons.

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Lost in the Last Attack: Recovering the Comsat Angels

The retro-postpunk wave seems to have crested, but the Comsat Angels at their best transcended trends and flew the genre coop, traveling on their heavenly wings straight for greatness.

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On the Necessity of Listening As Confrontation

How can you possibly know why you 'like' something you assume you like unless you confront that which you have dismissed? Jenkins discusses the importance of spending time with the music that immediately displeases us.

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16 Apr 2006 // 9:00 PM

The Time to Kill Is Now!

The least poetic of metal bands, Cannibal Corpse has gone to disturbing lengths to make gruesomeness its cold, calculated calling card.

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Granola Funk Express

Few would think to look for hip-hop explorers in the hills of North Carolina, but this collective has been mining beats and crafting thoughtful rhymes for almost a decade. Meet Granola Funk Express, the new children of a revolution.

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FKA twigs Outdoes Herself with 'Congregata' (Photos)

// Notes from the Road

"A regular FKA twigs performance is exciting. But her 'Congregata' event amps up the fervor ten fold, with more wild dancers, powerful lights and costumes.

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