Californium: Another Story of Adolescent Angst -- With Guitars

Californium: Another Story of Adolescent Angst -- With Guitars

By John Paul

Californium is a Frankenstein’s monster of coming-of-age stories, its many moving parts borrowed and reassembled from stock, clichéd characters and plot devices. 28 Sep 2016 // 2:05 AM

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"After a four year break since her last album, Rachael Yamagata reveals a love of spreadsheets, a love for Streisand, and why it's totally OK to suck at playing guitar.

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