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Manic Street Preachers: 23 April 2015 - New York (Photos)

The Manics' 1994 masterpiece, The Holy Bible, rides again.

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Ava Luna: Infinite House

Ava Luna's latest is as multilayered and pleasantly bewildering as the "infinite house" where it was recorded.

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Sufjan Stevens: Carrie & Lowell

Nearly five years after his last studio effort, Sufjan Stevens brings us a quiet meditation on grief.

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White Suns: Totem

Totem is a bleak, terrifying set, even (or especially) when it’s ominously quiet.

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Sleater-Kinney - "The Fox" (From My Playlist)

Here are some reasons why Sleater-Kinney's "The Fox" is the greatest opening to a rock record ever.

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Fugazi: First Demo

First Demo proves what fans have long known, that Fugazi was brashly confident and fully formed from day one.

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Ben Seretan - "The Windmill Sings" (Premiere)

New York guitarist Ben Seretan offers up bonus drone from his new new self-titled album, a track that captures "the swirling pool of humanity you hear now".

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Walter Martin: We're All Young Together

Sure, We’re All Young Together’s coy naïveté is a put-on, but it’s not too cloying a put-on for this 36-minute, 10-track set.

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Family Jukebox

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Finding Some Shrink Dust in a Hedge with Chad VanGaalen

It starts with a dream about his own severed hands running away, and it only gets stranger from there. Welcome to Chad VanGaalen's world.

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Wet Leather - "Secret Preference" (audio) (Premiere)

"Secret Preference" is all big boom-clap drums, silky falsetto, and funk bass.

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'Over Ten Tons of Internet': An Interview with Kenneth Goldsmith, the Poet Who Tried to Print the Entire Internet

The average professor spends the summer revising syllabi and maybe teaching a class or two. Kenneth Goldsmith spent his printing out the Internet.

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Pixies' 'Doolittle' Turns 25

Here they are -- my ten favorite individual moments of music on Doolittle.

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Meridiem: A Scattering Time

A Scattering Time plays like an emblem of a different era because it is an emblem of no era, a haunting and formless musical work full of pitch-dark textural turns, proggy rhythmic tremors, and a wailing vocal thrust.

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Nirvana - "Rape Me"

“Rape Me” was intended as a razor-sharp anti-rape anthem, an emblem of the feminist messages Kurt began channeling during the last two years of his life. That's not how it was taken.

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Soundscape Productions

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The Year of the Overnight Release: How Much Time Should a Critic Get?

Given the anticipation level and lack of pre-release availability, Yeezus offered a perfect test case for the nagging question: How has the model of digital media changed the amount of time music critics spend with the records they’re assessing?

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The Best Noise Rock of 2013

From unforeseen comebacks to heretofore unknown new acts, much of 2013's best noise-rock often came out of nowhere.

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Godmode

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Oneohtrix Point Never: R Plus Seven

In brief, R Plus Seven deemphasizes Replica’s sense of walled-off claustrophobia, letting thick puddles of light filter into Lopatin’s lair of sound.

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MGMT: MGMT

MGMT's latest balancing act is a bit of a mess. But it’s a thrillingly inventive and uncompromisingly colorful mess. And isn’t that the best kind of mess?


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