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Post-Punk: The Cerebral Genre

The punk spirit would likely have died but for the theoretical questions post-punk forced bands into answering.

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Pile: You're Better Than This

Pile finally return to the studio, foaming at the mouth, after last year's excellent "Special Snowflakes" single.

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Grooms: Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair

Although Comb the Feelings Through Your Hair has a fairly distinct color scheme, it deviates enough to resist the pastel end of the indie rock rainbow.

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Elephant Micah: Where in Our Woods

Another inward-looking, yet inviting collection from Joseph O'Connell’s idiosyncratic DIY project Elephant Micah. Fans of introspective, late-night lo-fi should seek this out.

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Support DIY Venues With Air Balloon Tapes: Compilation 2

With DIY venues falling like dominoes across Brooklyn, showing support for off the beaten path gig spaces has become a worthier act than ever.

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Priests: Bodies and Control and Money and Power EP

The newest EP from these DC punks is heavy on rage and passion, but the notes they hit are all too familiar.

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PAWS: Cokefloat!

A lifeless collection of amateurish punk/pop that doesn't offer a single worthwhile moment.

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Jason Clackley: To the Few and Far Between

Jason Clackley's leanings as a singer and songwriter are equal part Blake Schwarzenbach, Bob Mould, and Ronnie Spector, and that's probably the only time I'll say that about anyone, ever. His vision is few and far between.

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'Nebraska': Bruce Springsteen's 'Heart of Darkness'

In 1982, with the charts ruled by “Physical”, “Don’t You Want Me” and “Eye of the Tiger”, along came a low-tech record about killers, small-time thieves and other forgotten souls -- and it's still one of the best albums in American music.

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Enemies List: Home-Recording and Having a Nice Life

Enemies List record label founder Dan Barrett speaks with PopMatters on his band, Have a Nice Life, and his experience with home-recording, the resurgence vinyl records, and all-out war on the recording industry.

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Reconsidering the Revival of Cassette Tape Culture

At best, the cassette revival is merely a vacuous fad of no genuine value; but at worst, it's a confused, regressive cultural misstep more dangerous than most would care to admit.

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Slanted and Enchanted: The Evolution of Indie Culture by Kaya Oakes

"What does it mean to be indie?" Is it an ongoing artistic aesthetic, a lifestyle choice or a fashion statement? Indie publisher, poet and journalist, Kaya Oakes, explores these questions.

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Battlehooch: Piecechow

Whatever talent and polish San Francisco's Battlehooch obviously lack, they almost make up for with an anything-goes '60s garage rock attitude and a spunky dose of DIY absurdity.


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