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  • 9 years ago

    Beyond its status as a discerning metric of the Bands That Matter in a given year, Pazz & Jop became one of the hottest potatoes in the field of music journalism in 2006, following the Voice's dismissal of its patriarch, Robert Christgau. Within t...

  • 9 years ago

    In April, New York magazine published an article by Adam Sternbergh called "Up With Grups," discussing the phenomenon of hipster parents. He touched on the sociological and economic nightmare we face if there is no longer a quantifiable generation...

  • 9 years ago

    Outside the Hammerstein Ballroom on a perfectly crisp November night, a towering black man dressed Wu-Tang circa 1995 is bellowing, "DECEMBERISTS TICKETS. DECEMBERISTS IS SOLD OUT." I have stared at him in a thousand different states of disbelief ...

  • 9 years ago

    Sunday, October 1, 2006, might be remembered as the Hold Steady's happiest day together. That night: embraced by a riotous crush of hometown fans at Irving Plaza, launching a sizable U.S. tour. That morning: The New York Times runs a deferential (...

  • 9 years ago

    The Roy Owens Jr. are a tough sell these days. How can you pitch a rock band that aren't obnoxious, that don't think they're clever, that don't pout, or preen, or sneer? Unfashionably, their music does not conjure harsh geometric shapes or snow-co...

  • 9 years ago

    Anyone who worries about Next Big Things has likely come across Brighton, England's Pipettes, a trio of fetching late-twenties ladies making the rock critic rounds in kitchen-sink frocks. I'll be accused of assassination by proxy, of burning a fla...

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