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  • 3 years ago | Alternative

    In some ways, the Friday before last looked like business as usual at Colony Records, the venerable Theater District music-and-sheet-music retailer that recently announced its impending closing after 64 years of operation. At the counter, Warren T...

  • 7 years ago

    The backstory is easy and almost pointless to recount: If their members' former bands—bookish Kansan horndogs the Embarrassment, post–Mission of Burma power trio Volcano Suns—mean anything to you, then it's likely Big Dipper will...

  • 7 years ago

    Pretty rich title for a band assumed to have peaked with 1995's Mercury, its ambitious major-label debut. The following year's too-many-cooks Francisco led to American Music Club's demise, triggering a decade of sometimes rudderless solo work from...

  • 9 years ago

    Despite their evident awareness of current dance music and r&b, Junior Boys' brand of synthpop can't help sounding rooted in the '80s, and with Scritti Politti and thePet Shop Boys recently resurfacing to scratch the same itch, there may be no bur...

  • 9 years ago

    As the only female-fronted band of significance to fit, even uncomfortably, under the emo umbrella, Brooklyn-via-Madison's Rainer Maria have never quite caught the media-driven jet stream ridden by former touring partners Rilo Kiley, even though a...

  • 10 years ago

    Rod Stewart in reverse? Close, but not quite: Paul Anka was never a standards cat, but the singer-songwriterliest of late-'50s teen idols, gradually turned Vegas fixture. Even now, he's no purist. The liner notes to Rock Swings credit a Pro Tools ...