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Santigold remains just out of pop's reach

We, as music listeners, tend to think of the business of music creation as one of inspiration, perspiration, meditation, and perhaps inebriation.
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  June 08, 2012
Ladybug Transistor in Boston with Hallelujah The Hills

The Ladybug Transistor create a new pop shade

Brooklyn might not be the first place that comes to mind when thinking about overgrown blooms and country air. But for the past 16 years, Gary Olson of the Ladybug Transistor has made the city parks and street-lined canopies of Flatbush his own private g
Growth spurts
By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  July 01, 2011
Battles, Gloss Drop

Battles | Gloss Drop

In an twist of musical irony, the New York nutsos in Battles lose their most prominent member — vocalist/guitarist/sound manipulator Tyondai Braxton — and end up sounding more like an actual band.
Warp (2011)
By RYAN REED  |  June 03, 2011
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Art Brut | Brilliant! Tragic!

On Art Brut's third album, Eddie Argos can't decide if he wants to be Jarvis Cocker or Sid Vicious.  
Cooking Vinyl/The End Records (2011)
By MIRIAM LAMEY  |  May 27, 2011
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Eddie Vedder | Ukulele Songs

Unless your name is Tiny Tim or you perform with Michael J. Epstein, you shouldn't be putting out an entire album of ukulele songs; something just feels weird about it.
Monkeywrench (2011)
The Strokes World Premiere Weekend: NOW

The Strokes World Premiere Weekend: NOW

Listen to WFNX all weekend long as we play chops from the choice-cut new album from THE STROKES, Angles.  It's seasoned to perfection. Street Date: ...
By FNXWeekenders  |  March 18, 2011

Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers | Go-Go Boots

I've argued that Drive-By Truckers — the definitive post-Southern-rock Southern-rock band — haven't been the same since parting ways with Jason Isbell, and their previous two releases serve as spotty Exhibits A and B.
ATO (2011)
By ZETH LUNDY  |  March 04, 2011