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Counterbalance 25: Television - 'Marquee Moon'

Television’s 1977 masterpiece Marquee Moon is the 25th Greatest Album of All Time, but is it too “too too” to put a finger on? Counterbalance sees it all backward.

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Pere Ubu 'Comes Alive' on Their New, Live Album

David Thomas guides another version of Pere Ubu through a selection of material from their early years, dusting off the "hits" and throwing new light on some forgotten gems.

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The Boomtown Rats' 'Citizens of Boomtown' Is a Failed Stab at Relevance

After listening to the Boomtown Rats' Citizens of Boomtown, you can't help but wonder if another vanity project is the kind of activism we need to combat the injustices of the world.

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Parachute For Gordo's New Post-Rock LP Is Driven By Percussion, Not Guitars

Parachute For Gordo's new LP, Best Understood By Children and Animals, diverges from the band's art-punk past. The result is an enthralling, throbbing, and incredibly percussion-driven document.

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Berlin's Electronic, Post-Punkers Hope Find Their Rhythm on "Shame" (premiere)

Berlin four-piece Hope join the dots between the unsettling art-punk of Suicide and the late-night, reflective electronica of Portishead on new single, "Shame".

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Wire's 'Mind Hive' Shows the Post-Punk Band at Their Inimitable Best

Post-punk pioneers Wire continue their late period renaissance with a new synthesis of all of their most endearing qualities on Mind Hive.

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Patti Smith's 'Wave' Turns 40: Why the Punk Poet's Pop Album Is Also Her Greatest

Wave's status as Patti Smith's most unapologetically pop album reveals the most authentically "punk" gesture of her career: rejecting the idea that her genre capabilities begin and end with that four-letter word.

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Avant Punk Rockers Cinema Cinema Return With CCXMD (album stream + interview)

Experimental art-punk outfit, Cinema Cinema team with Matt Darriau (The Klezmatics) for a record that combines punk, avant-garde, and a touch of the old world. Cinema Cinema's Ev Gold says, "Matt is like a human gauze over the animal that is Cinema Cinema."

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Pere Ubu Issue Their 'Long Goodbye'

Pere Ubu's The Long Goodbye is an amazing achievement that accomplishes its mission of encapsulating a 45-year career with wit and aplomb.

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Titus Andronicus Excel With a Stripped-Down Approach on 'An Obelisk'

On their sixth studio album, New Jersey punk rockers Titus Andronicus, normally associated with big, ambitious gestures, get back to basics.

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Liars Continue to Experiment with Solitude and Broken Relationships on 'Titles with the Word Fountain'

Liars quickly follow-up 2017's TFCF with TWTWF, a sparse, ambient set of tracks that continues Angus Andrew's experimentation as the sole remaining founding member of the band.

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Pere Ubu Gets About As Radio-Friendly As They Ever Would on 'Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés: 1987-1991'

Pere Ubu's latest reissue shows a band known for abrasive rock music, with a vocalist more likely to screech than harmonize, taking a left turn towards late '80s radio pop-rock.

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Preoccupations Show Their Human Side on 'New Material'

Post-punk revivalists Preoccupations are as good as ever, but their third album smooths down their rougher edges and turns their nervy gaze inward.

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Titus Andronicus Channels Classic Springsteen and Dylan on 'A Productive Cough'

A Productive Cough is remarkably authentic and engrossing, and there's no questioning the level of dedication and skill behind its many bursts of dense boisterousness.

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Is XTC too Competent to Be Cool?

Showtime's XTC: This Is Pop draws worthy attention to this underrated band. But does their music still hold up?

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Ought Smoothes Out Their Sound on 'Room Inside the World'

On their most polished album to date, Montreal art-rockers Ought strike a balance between the old and the new.

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Half Japanese Asks "Why Not?" on New Album

Why not shoot for whatever lofty goal you have in mind? It's an old cliché worn to a thread, but if there is a musician that really means it, it's Jad Fair.

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Wild Night with Yeah Yeah Yeahs at New York Homecoming

Yeah Yeah Yeahs played a few US shows to support the expanded reissue of their debut Fever to Tell.

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The Enemy Is Everywhere: The Top 10 Titus Andronicus Songs

The definitive ranking of the 10 best songs from the first decade of New Jersey's own Post-Modern Lovers, Titus Andronicus.

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TV on the Radio: Seeds

The painful loss of their friend and collaborator haunts TV on the Radio's newest album. However, the tortured and torturous love of Seeds are all products of a grieving band refusing to recede into themselves, brazenly choosing to affirm life.

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1, 2, 3, Go: The 10 Best Fugazi Songs

Washington, DC, punk heroes Fugazi called it quits 10 years ago, but the band's legacy as the finest of its generation remains untouched. A Herculean task, sure, but here we go: narrowing down Fugazi's catalog to its finest 10 moments.

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Titus Andronicus: The Monitor

The Monitor finds Titus Andronicus following the lead that some of their more fearlessly ambitious peers took in crafting their sophomore albums: making The Great American Rock Album.

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