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2013 Stories by RAYMOND CUMMINGS

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  • Black Taxi

    published December 18, 2013

    Brooklyn's Black Taxi are a conundrum, mostly because they very successfully mush various strains of ‘00s rock insularity into a single... More >>

  • Andrea Bocelli

    published December 4, 2013

    Whenever you see Andrea Bocelli on an album cover or in a promotional photo, the blind Italian tenor looks so happy and carefree, just chilling.... More >>

  • Smash Mouth

    published November 13, 2013

    At times, San Jose's Smash Mouth can seem like a parodic cross between self-help guru pap and a commercial-jingle machine. "All Star" is their... More >>

  • Rick Ross

    published November 6, 2013

    Even though the foundation of Rick Ross's rap persona is a lie, and that lie echoes through most media accounts of his career, Ross has somehow... More >>

  • And So I Watch You From Afar

    published November 6, 2013

    Ireland's And So I Watch You From Afar takes its mostly instrumental brand of coke-prog way, way seriously, lashing together dozens of... More >>

  • Roomful of Teeth

    published October 23, 2013

    A show of teeth can be either welcoming or terrifying, and Massachusetts vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth embodies and celebrates that notion. Its... More >>

  • Fuck Buttons

    published October 16, 2013

    The career of Bristol electronic duo Fuck Buttons has been an odd one. Out of the gate, they swung with a haphazard, noisy approach that was... More >>

  • Nine Inch Nails

    published September 25, 2013

    Back in gear after a several year absence, the visceral nature of early Nine Inch Nails has given way to something more rewardingly cerebral.... More >>

  • Audra McDonald

    published September 25, 2013

    Anyone sore at Audra MacDonald for bailing on the now-embalmed Private Practice to focus on her singing career really should experience the... More >>

  • Gate

    published September 25, 2013

    Gate is where Dead C guitarist Michael Morley gets to indulge his less convoluted impulses. While Dead C releases are unified by a decomposing... More >>

  • Lionel Richie

    published September 11, 2013

    Forever young, and redolent of a dreamy, low-risk idea of pop maturity, the decades between his prime stardom and the present have been kind to... More >>

  • Deerhunter

    published September 11, 2013

    With the release of Monomania, it's now clear that Atlanta's Deerhunter has an interest in remaking the Great American Songbook in its own... More >>

  • Yoko Ono

    published September 4, 2013

    Like the Little Engine That Could, Yoko Ono just keeps on chugging, drifting further and further afield of the avant-garde her late husband... More >>

  • Depeche Mode

    published August 28, 2013

    The unlikeliness of Depeche Mode's continuous existence colors their every move. Arguments about how the new gloom moods hold up against the... More >>

  • Zero Boys

    published August 28, 2013

    Indianapolis' Zero Boys were among the have-nots of American second-wave punk, its catalogue a subsistence diet of urgent, upended blasts of... More >>

  • John Mayer

    published August 28, 2013

    John Mayer will not relax or settle, bouncing from hard rock to jazz to pop to blues on the backs of fluid guitar figures that are less lyrical or... More >>

  • The Underachievers

    published August 7, 2013

    The handle this New York rap duo go by is the ultimate oxymoron: Hyper-animated and high on youth, AK and Dash pack more verve and color into... More >>

  • High Pop

    published August 7, 2013

    Connecticut's High Pop worship at the altar of lightweight pogo-punk boomeranged through cellars of effects pedals. There's the throwaway melodic... More >>

  • Wild Cub

    published August 7, 2013

    As long as there are after-hours lounges, there will be a venue for the spare, sparkly pop Nashville's Wild Cub ply. A restless nocturnal energy... More >>

  • Beck

    published July 24, 2013

    It's been amusing to watch Beck Hansen sidle out of the public eye, then grift back in, sideways, as though he wasn't even trying anymore:... More >>

  • Odd Future

    published July 17, 2013

    California's Odd Future might be the closest thing modern hip-hop has to a collective in semi-continual ascendence. All cratered vulgarity and... More >>

  • Hair Police

    published July 10, 2013

    Reconstituted after a five-year absence, the pathogen-infested noise of Kentucky's Hair Police (hear: new album Mercurial Rites, on Type)... More >>

  • '4Knots Afterparty' w/ Lil B

    published June 19, 2013

    One might think of Lil B as an ocean of free-associative emo rap: Andrew W.K.–aspirational, endlessly voluble, characteristically manic. The... More >>

  • Body/Head

    published June 5, 2013

    "Free spectral echo-drone, with ululations" is the name of Body/Head's no-leashes-on-floors game. Together, guitarist Bill Nace (Vampire Belt,... More >>

  • Bilal

    published June 5, 2013

    As anyone who's watched his videos can attest, Bilal Sayeed Oliver is not destined for motion-picture stardom: telegenic, he ain't. But put this... More >>

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