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Willed into existence when the commercial needs of the mid-20th-century record industry required something in the intermediate price point between a single and a then-pricy album, the lowly EP has developed into the musical equivalent of the novella.
Pompeii/Revolver (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  February 18, 2009

Black Affair

Mason’s off-kilter lyrics and psychedelic sense of melody overpower the thrift-store Gary Numan and Depeche pastiches and the trite S&M vibe.
Pleasure Pressure Point | V2
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  August 19, 2008

Crossword: ''Box set''

Prepare to be bowled over
By MATT JONES  |  March 26, 2008


The Beta Band never really made an album you could listen to from beginning to end.
The Aliens and Mystery Jets
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 19, 2007

Size matters

The Shins’ third album, Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop), is as good as any rational mortal should expect an indie-pop album to be in the winter of 2007. The Shins, "Phantom Limb" (mp3)
The Shins tend to a growing fan base
By FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 06, 2007

On the racks: June 13

Joan Jett, Futureheads, Hot Chip, Sonic Youth, Matthew Sweet, and more. Sonic Youth, "Incinerate" (mp3)
By MATT ASHARE  |  June 14, 2006


Hot Chip

Their next album will be produced by the DFA. Their debut, originally released in the UK in 2004, namechecks Stevie Wonder, Prince, Ween, and Yo La Tengo.
COMING ON STRONG | Astralwerks
By TONY WARE  |  February 22, 2006