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The Men | New Moon

They're just a band, they insist; they didn't realize that a name as authoritative as the Men makes a band look, well, definitive and self-important.
Sacred Bones (2013)
By DAN WEISS  |  March 08, 2013
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The Virgins | Strike Gently

After a half-decade of semi-obscurity, frontman Donald Cumming is redefining his band as the hipster sultans of swing.
Cult Records (2013)
By RYAN REED  |  March 08, 2013
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Wild Belle push magical buttons

Wild Belle's multi-ethnic allegiances — Afropop, reggae, and rocksteady — fuse into American indie-pop and classic rock. Results are, at varying times, tropical, tepid, and tempestuous.
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By REYAN ALI  |  February 15, 2013
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Cuss’s thunderous, visceral High Gravity

The majority of people who listen to Cuss will invariably remember one thing. Men are pigs.
Guitar takes a back seat
By NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  February 01, 2013
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A sneak peek at VulGarrity’s Funkeology

The Garritys are back, and this time Shawn and Tracy take the party from the graveyard directly to the dance floor like only VulGarrity can.
Serious fun
By CHRIS CONTI  |  December 14, 2012
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Gaslight Anthem still burns

Four records in and still suffering the endless comparison treatment, it's high time folks started to let the Gaslight Anthem exist on its own merits, without the looming specter of that iconic fellow Garden State native.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 23, 2012


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Deftones | Koi No Yokan

Deftones' brand of metal is artful and spacey, patient and textured: Stephen Carpenter's de-tuned distortion washes over like menacing storm clouds; Abe Cunningham's dextrous drumming takes cues from both hip-hop and prog; and, at his most melodic, Chin
Reprise Records (2012)
By RYAN REED  |  November 16, 2012
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Ash names the alphabet

Do you remember the time I knew a girl from Mars? Probably not, since that Ash hit was from eons ago. But Ash frontman Tim Wheeler does remember, checking in via phone from London.

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 16, 2012
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What's F'n Next? Metz

The joke's on you if you still think Canada is just our laid-back, friendly neighbor up north. Futher proof to the contrary: Toronto's METZ, who would lead you to believe that Canada is one big furious mosh pit.
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By PERRY EATON  |  November 16, 2012
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Interview: Sound bites from Bourdain

We asked WFNX executive producer (and chef-in-training) Kurt St. Thomas to grill Bourdain on the intersections between music and cuisine.

By KURT ST. THOMAS  |  November 16, 2012
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Soundgarden | King Animal

Soundgarden have long been the most-likely grunge outfit to reunite; the only surprise here is that it took this long for them to get their shit together.
Seven Four Entertainment/Republic (2012)
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  November 09, 2012


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Haunted by sound, Pile is rising

The five-year-old quartet Pile, among the brightest of Boston's bursting subterrane, makes waltz-time, feel-bad guitar music that is gothic in the non-eyeliner sense: angular songs express the sort of specific, primal anxieties that litter a liberal-arts

By JAY BREITLING  |  October 26, 2012
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How Atlas Shrugged links Canadian prog-rock and our terrifying veep hopeful

If, god forbid, Paul Ryan were to get elected vice president, we might have our first executive-branch hard-rock fan, which is somewhat in line with rock culture's slow shift from radical to conservative.
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By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 19, 2012
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What's F'n Next? Swearin'

Allison Crutchfield grew up in the punk-rock world of DIY. And with her newest band, Swearin', she's released one of the best records of the year.

By LIZ PELLY  |  October 19, 2012
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What's F'n Next? Divine Fits

When asked to name the best note for a one-note song, of course Britt Daniel is already sitting at a piano.
Los Angeles, California
By DAN WEISS  |  October 12, 2012
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Black Moth Super Rainbow | Cobra Juicy

Technology makes secrecy well-nigh impossible, so Black Moth Super Rainbow settle for employing it as a narrative device.
Rad Cult Records (2012)
By RYAN FOLEY  |  October 12, 2012


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Interview: God save John Lydon

When Sex Pistols impresario Malcolm McLaren coined the phrase "cash from chaos," he may have been describing his own filthy lucre, but for the members of rock's most explosive group, the fiduciary comeuppance was and has been eternally forthcoming.

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 12, 2012
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The recorded rebirth of Mean Creek

Outside their rehearsal space, Mean Creek are standing with their hands in their pockets, excited to dig into some discussion about their anticipated new record, Youth Companion .

By JONATHAN DONALDSON  |  October 12, 2012
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Frightened Rabbit ready to emerge

It's always annoying when a band is touted as "the next big thing," especially when they've been around pumping out great stuff for years and then suddenly everyone is talking about them like the stork dropped them off that morning — see Bon Iver winnin

By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 05, 2012
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Adam Ant tries to climb back on top

"Ridicule is nothing to be scared of," sang Stuart Leslie Goddard, a/k/a Adam Ant, on his seminal 1981 pop/post-punk smash "Prince Charming."

By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 05, 2012
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Tame Impala | Lonerism

Australia's Tame Impala make music as the Lester Bangs character describes it in Almost Famous : if and when their psychedelic rock and roll "chooses you," it begs for intimate consumption.
Modular Records (2012)
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  October 05, 2012


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Old 97's | Too Far To Care [15th Anniversary Edition]

What if the Beatles didn't have an audience? That's a crude way of putting the seminal talent of Old 97's vs. the size of their cult, a small swatch of rock fans not put off by Rhett Miller's extra-Texan twang and country fans who could stomach Philip Pe
Omnivore Records (2012)
By DAN WEISS  |  October 05, 2012
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The Corin Tucker Band let it rip

On a recent Sunday night at Cleveland's Grog Shop, a small but devoted crowd shimmied enthusiastically as the Corin Tucker Band ripped through most of their new album, Kill My Blues.

By ANNIE ZALESKI  |  September 28, 2012
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Sidecar Radio to pull the plug

It seemed like maybe they were rejuvenated by the addition of Walt Craven, but just a couple of shows into playing as a four-piece, one of Portland's longer-running rock acts announced this week they were calling it quits.
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By SAM PFEIFLE  |  September 21, 2012
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Photos: KISS and Mötley Crüe at the Comcast Center

KISS and Mötley Crüe perform live at the Comcast Center on September 16, 2012.
September 16, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  September 21, 2012
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Photos: Gene Dante and the Future Starlets at Jacques

Gene Dante and the Future Starlets perform live at Jacques on August 17, 2012.
August 17, 2012
By DEREK KOUYOUMJIAN  |  August 24, 2012


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XL

American Gothic was a subterranean shithole bar known for its existentially tortured clientele and extreme indifference to the minimum drinking age.
Excerpted from the novel by Michael  Atchison
By MICHAEL ATCHISON  |  August 17, 2012
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Between rock and a hard place with Das Muerte

The Facebook page for Boston outfit Das Muerte lists under genre "Rock/Funk/Avant Garde."  
Broken barriers
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  August 17, 2012
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Photos: Slash at the House of Blues

Slash performs live at the House of Blues on August 2, 2012.
August 2, 2012
By TIM BUGBEE  |  August 10, 2012
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Review: Searching for Sugar Man

An obscure, forgotten singer-songwriter, Sixto Rodriguez was first discovered in a Detroit bar by celebrated producers Dennis Coffey and Mike Theodore in the late '60s.
The freshman film from Malik Bendjelloul
By BRETT MICHEL  |  August 10, 2012