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Walter Sickert leads a band of musical misfits

When Walter Sickert and his Army of Broken Toys played an official First Night show at the Hynes Auditorium on New Year's Eve, they ran overtime and the soundman pulled the plug — which isn't quite the smartest way of shutting down an acoustic band.
A Broken Toy story
By BRETT MILANO  |  February 04, 2011
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Robyn reclaims her identity en route to pop stardom

There are some pop stars for whom every record requires a reinvention of their persona. But what if your persona is just yourself, and you've spent your career rejecting the urge to create controversy to make people pay attention to you? For pop chante
Dancing on her own
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  January 28, 2011
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The Big Hurt: A Swift descent into Cake, Broadcasting death, and Steven Tyler's Idol

It was a minor tragedy when blameless young TAYLOR SWIFT scored the worst-selling #1 album in recorded chart history. But the humiliation didn't end there: the poor kid's record was shattered only a week later by quasi-novelty dorks CAKE , who manage
Music News in Brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 28, 2011
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The Big Hurt: De Jeugd Van Tegenwoordig's Faberyayo tells all

In the year-end issue of the Phoenix , I listed my five favorite Dutch rap tracks of 2010. Number two was "Sterrenstof," by a group called De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig (loose translation: Kids These Days).
Dutch spit
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 21, 2011
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The education of Grace Kelly

Legendary 79-year-old alto-saxophonist Phil Woods laughs indignantly when I ask him how he knew 18-year-old alto-saxophonist Grace Kelly was special. "Come on, when you hear it, you know what it is! I've been doing this for 65 years!" Pressed for partic
Hat tricks
By JON GARELICK  |  January 21, 2011