The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys

The Beach Boys: Becoming the Beach Boys

By John Paul

Becoming the Beach Boys offers a comprehensive glimpse into the embryonic stages of one of America’s finest pop groups. 26 Aug 2016 // 2:30 AM

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Mark Pickerel and His Praying Hands: Snake in the Radio

On his solo debut, Pickerel proves there is life after grunge -- and it's Americana!

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Stella Chiweshe: Double Check

Since the early '90s, Piranha has worked to establish Chiweshe's reputation as the world's premier player of the mbira ... Double Check thoroughly cements that reputation, and even augments it.

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Grandaddy: Just Like the Fambly Cat

What happened to the family cat? I guess that, after a frequently brilliant 14-year career, she realized she was running out of ideas and decided to slink away on her own terms. Cats are like that.

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Army of Shadows (1969)

In Jean-Pierre Melville's 1969 film, shadows conceal men whose only moral principle and greatest crime is the desire for freedom.

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10 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Gorillaz

One demonic day and another in clear color...

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10 May 2006 // 1:00 AM

Black Hole by Charles Burns

It's Dazed and Confused meets X-Men by way of whatever schlock horror film is at the multiplex this week -- only, you know, without any of the subtext you would usually find in a Richard Linklater film, an X-Men comic book, or your average horror movie.

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Various Artists: Compost Black Label Series Vol. 1

LCD Soundsystem, Tiga, Q-Burns Abstract Message, and Ian Pooley all have the right idea: Thumbs up for this groovily eclectic comp from the previously vinyl-only collection.

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10 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

AFX: Chosen Lords

Aphex Twin proves that music can be memorable without hooks or readily identifiable melodies.

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10 May 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Stills: Without Feathers

The "Canadian Interpol" significantly changes their sound. Reinventions rarely come as uninspiring as this.

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Michael Coleman and the Delmark All-Stars: Blues Brunch at the Mart

I'm glad I didn't miss this seriously interesting CD. Don't underestimate it.

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The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

// Moving Pixels

"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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