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2014 Stories by RAYMOND CUMMINGS

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  • Split Single

    published May 21, 2014

    Split Single is Jason Narducy, a Chicago indie-rock journeyman whose debut, Fragmented World, is the stuff underground dreams are made of:... More >>

  • Lily Allen

    published May 14, 2014

    Sassy, sharp-tongued, and strident, Lily Allen hardly minces words. It's difficult to classify what, exactly, this British pop provocateur does -... More >>

  • Unicycle Loves You

    published May 14, 2014

    Unicycle Loves You songs are layer cakes of variegated distortion, intelligible pleading, and Oxycontin-strength hooks this Brooklyn indie-rock... More >>

  • Cam'ron

    published May 7, 2014

    If you've ever had trouble taking Cam'ron seriously, that's probably because Cam'ron doesn't take Cam'ron that seriously. Solo and with the... More >>

  • Coldplay

    published April 30, 2014

    Everything about Coldplay is patently ridiculous: the drippy lyricism, the wide-eyed songwriting, the album art, the dippy names of singer Chris... More >>

  • Sol Cat

    published April 23, 2014

    A fluid, insistent guitar style that's disco at moments and flanged at others, plus a magnetic, over-enunciating frontman? Yes, that's Nashville's... More >>

  • Sol Cat

    published April 23, 2014

    A fluid, insistent guitar style that's disco at moments and flanged at others, plus a magnetic, over-enunciating frontman? Yes, that's Nashville's... More >>

  • Actress

    published April 9, 2014

    In Darren J. Cunningham's hands, beats splinter, frequencies seethe, melodies are rendered resolutely disconsolate. And while the energy level... More >>

  • Danny Brown

    published March 26, 2014

    You can't confuse Danny Brown with any other rapper. His voice leaps from stereo speakers like a garish jack-in-the-box, half-mad and... More >>

  • Coke Weed

    published March 5, 2014

    It’s a mystery why Coke Weed hasn’t maintained a higher profile. The Ben Harbour quintet is three churning, hook-hemorrhaging... More >>

  • Angel Olsen

    published February 19, 2014

    That 100 proof voice grabs you by the throat at jump, strokes your cheek tenderly, leads you through rollicking barroom arrangements that are... More >>

  • Total Slacker+Perfect Pussy

    published February 5, 2014

    The hype doesn’t come from the allegedly risque name but rather the raw, no-bullshit velocity. Every Perfect Pussy song is a blast-bomb of... More >>

  • Cibo Matto

    published February 5, 2014

    Japanese food-rap duo Cibo Matto cut two excellent records in the 1990s, then disappeared into the solo-joint ghetto. Their sound — a... More >>

  • Outer Spaces

    published January 29, 2014

    At some point during the last few years, Cara Beth Satalino adopted "The Outer Spaces" as the name for the winsome folk-pop singles and EPs she... More >>

  • Mutual Benefit

    published January 29, 2014

    The music of Mutual Benefit always seems to emerge from an especially complicated loom, with heartbreaking, massed vocals, soaring strings,... More >>

  • Eagulls

    published January 22, 2014

    As high-octane debuts go, Eagulls's Eagulls is a doozy, an able re-invigoration of post-punk potency without minimalist baggage that isn't... More >>

  • Prurient

    published January 15, 2014

    Woe be to you, as-yet-unborn musicology grad student tasked with anthologizing each and every musical styling Dom Fernow commits to digital tape.... More >>

  • Homeboy Sandman

    published January 8, 2014

    The joy Homeboy Sandman brings to his work is infectious. Furiously rhymed verse are his finger paints, the ludicrously playful beats chosen... More >>

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