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Mumford's the word

At this point, after their stunning leap to success, Mumford & Sons' greatest accomplishment has been a wholesome ability to stay grounded.
Organic growth comes quickly for Mumford & Sons
By CINDAL HEART  |  November 05, 2010
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The games people play

Who’s afraid of Edward Albee?
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?; The Caretaker; Little Black Dress
By CAROLYN CLAY  |  October 09, 2009
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The great American (office) novel

They are coming regularly now, like buses, like bulletins — the great office novels of the 21st century.
Thirteen fictional perspectives on your 9-5
By JAMES PARKER  |  June 04, 2008
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London falling

Damon Albarn — Blur frontman, Gorillaz supremo, and now millennial minstrel to the drowning city of London — is that eerie modern specimen, the pop star who talks like a critic. The Good, The Bad, and the Queen, "Kingdom of Doom" (streaming video)
Damon Albarn’s The Good, the Bad & the Queen
By JAMES PARKER  |  February 21, 2007
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Poor Nick

His miraculous guitar technique was a protective force field shielding him from the sadness in his own songs.
A folk legend’s brief life’s journey
By JAMES PARKER  |  January 09, 2007
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Apocalypse now

Jaz Coleman — magus, timelord, leader of the tribe of Killing Joke — is theatrically drunk on the end of a phone in the Czech Republic.
Killing Joke resume their urgent war dance
By JAMES PARKER  |  May 28, 2006


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Combat pop

The new British sound is marked by riot vans, rage-engorged faces in taxi queues, the mute vigilance of the cameras, and everywhere the sense of some remote flogging going on.
Hard-Fi fight for the right to, uh, party
By JAMES PARKER  |  April 12, 2006
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Audio Bullys

Following in the wake of the Streets’ Original Pirate Material , this amiable West London duo emerged in 2003, riding the wave of interest in English pop that purported to describe the daily life of twentysomething British slackers.
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By MIKAEL WOOD  |  January 23, 2006