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  • 11 years ago

    Old Crow Medicine Show singer-fiddler-banjoist-guitarist-mouth harpist Ketch Secor is a star. At the Bowery Ballroom last Wednesday, Ketch was dressed like a boarding schooler on a first date—Oxford shirt neatly tucked, shaggy hair sinking in...

  • 11 years ago

    Shoegaze—a genre whose most marketable assets included fiduciary hedonism (Kevin Shields's ego hueing Creation Records' budget figures a rich crimson), stage fright, and rhythm-less swirls of cautious feedback—barely exceeded an e-bow's ...

  • 12 years ago

    Hella's seven-track Total Bugs Bunny on Wild Bass EP herky-jerks like a massive animation cellular breakdown—imagine Woody Woodpecker's electrocution lit by a strobe light. It's great cartoon-rock in the tradition of Kiss's Love Gun (or Spice...

  • 12 years ago

    Ironic, this same place I'm making figures at/That there's the same land they used to hang niggers at. —The Clipse, "Virginia" The South done rised again. Over the past decade, Southern-born-and-bred hip-hop has laid siege to the charts, and ...

  • 13 years ago

    "Ian Curtis Wishlist," the scary-good closer to Xiu Xiu's A Promise, re-creates the Joy Division singer's suicide as an Unsolved Mysteries segment—jumpy cuts from a noose to a Curtis look-alike, accompanied by spine-tingling tones. But when X...

  • 13 years ago

    Calla singer-guitarist Aurelio Valle's weapon of choice, a maple-finish, Gibson hollow body, was once owned by Sun Records' biggest recording artist. The six-foot-seven, droopy-eyed Sleepy LaBeef, a husky Razorback by birth, and Calla (Valle, bass...

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