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The Pogues' 'The BBC Sessions 1984-1986' Honors Working-Class Heroes

The Pogues' BBC Sessions 1984-1986 is a welcome chapter in the musical story of these working-class heroes, who reminded listeners of the beauty and dignity of the strong, sooty backs upon which our industrialized world was built.

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Son Rompe Pera's 'Batuco' Challenges Notions of Punk and Cumbia

Marimba-driven cumbia punk sounds celebrate the old and new on Son Rompe Pera's debut album Batuco.

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Brett Newski Asks "What'd Ya Got to Lose?" (premiere)

Geek rock/diet grunge master Brett Newski teases his fourth album and a quick run of American dates via "What'd Ya Got to Lose?" Hypnotic vibes and hints of optimism abound. For fans of the Thermals, Pavement, and Built to Spill.

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Frank Turner Visits 'No Man's Land'

On No Man's Land, Frank Turner celebrates everyone from his mother, a spy, a serial killer, a CPR dummy, to more saintly beings on his tribute to women using only female accompanists.

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Young and Miserable and Right: Pat the Bunny, a Retrospective for the Apocalypse

Anarcho-punk Patrick Schneeweis (aka Pat the Bunny) wanted to make it abundantly clear that he had no answers for anyone, least of all himself.

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Ceschi's "The Gospel" Is a Vibrantly Abstract Trip Into His Wide-Ranging Hip-Hop World (premiere)

Ceschi's "The Gospel" expresses arresting personal and universal experiences that only scratches the surface of what his upcoming LP Sat, Fat Luck will convey.

Jordan Blum
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Girlpool Expand Their Sound on 'What Chaos Is Imaginary'

Girlpool's What Chaos Is Imaginary reckons with internal struggles that demand, but don't often get external confirmation. More often than not, it's successful in its quest to make sense out of transition and disarray.

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Austin Lucas Explores Life's Small Steps Via Soulful "Immortal Americans" (premiere)

Austin Lucas reclaims his rightful place in the Americana pantheon with "Immortal Americans".

Jedd Beaudoin
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Frank Turner Asks Us to 'Be More Kind'

For Frank Turner on his new album Be More Kind, the self-evident truth is to "make racists ashamed again" and "make compassion in fashion again".

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What Neutral Milk Hotel's 'In the Aeroplane Over the Sea' Is Really About

At the core of Neutral Milk Hotel's highly acclaimed 1998 album is an exploration of love and the process of unity and separation.

PJ Sauerteig

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