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Gaslight Anthem -- Handwritten

The Gaslight Anthem | Handwritten

Handwritten finds the Gaslight Anthem firmly grounded — all grease, grit, and earnest emotion as visceral as the hometown soil caked beneath their fingernails.
Mercury (2012)
By ALEXANDRA CAVALLO  |  July 20, 2012
Short Takes: Neil Young Journeys

Review: Neil Young Journeys

Young is old now, and in Demme's film, looking like a stubbly coot in a battered Panama hat, he's having the time of his life.
Young having the time of his life
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 13, 2012
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Review: A Simple Life

The most sensitive and heartbreaking depiction of old age since Korean director Lee Chang-dong's Poetry, Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui's aptly titled account of the slow decline of a beloved housekeeper doesn't involve violent crime like Lee's film, but do
Ann Hui's aptly titled film
By PETER KEOUGH  |  April 14, 2012
Off the record: Mark Lanegan Band

Mark Lanegan Band | Blues Funeral

Unlike a few of his early '90s Seattle contemporaries who made tons of money, erstwhile Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan has not died, put out shitty records, or made a self-deprecating cameo on Portlandia.
4AD (2012)
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  February 03, 2012
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Interview: Jennifer Egan's anti-nostalgic look back

Forget Jonathan Franzen. For those counting, Jennifer Egan may be a better contender for the greatest American author of her generation.
Time traveler
By THOMAS PAGE MCBEE  |  October 14, 2011
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Good ol' dodgeball

Pick-up dodgeball among adults, now with all of adulthood's distractions.
Failure
By KARL STEVENS  |  June 17, 2011


Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark create a newer wave

A wise man once said that there's no future in nostalgia, and conspicuously missing from these pre-packaged retro tours have been Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark create a newer wave
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  March 04, 2011
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Rule #17 of survival in the DIY-ish indie-rock circuit: always stay busy.
Hardly Art (2011)
By REYAN ALI  |  February 11, 2011
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VHS is the new vinyl

I was a VHS addict. In the '80s and '90s, I practically lived at the video store, renting every movie I could get my hands on. As my obsession with movies grew, renting was not enough; they needed to be mine. I amassed a few hundred videocassettes, and
I thought video was a dead medium — until I discovered the analog underworld of VHS snobs
By MICHAEL NEEL  |  January 28, 2011
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Weezer: The Early Years

When Rivers Cuomo, Weezer wunderkind and Harvard-educated overachiever, sets his mind to something, he is nothing if not meticulous.
Rivers Cuomo reflects on the making of 'Blue' and Pinkerton
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  December 04, 2010
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Review: Glory Daze

In this era of ironic nostalgia, the '80s are an easy punch line. But the decade did have its moments beyond leg warmers and the Preppy Handbook .
An unfunny comedy about the '80s
By SEAN KERRIGAN  |  November 27, 2010


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Past perfection

Everybody please stop calling Alan Palomo "nostalgic." When I check in with him last Friday, the dude seems far more interested in whatever is on the horizon than whatever's in the past.
The radiant, repressed pop of Neon Indian
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  March 05, 2010