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Tuesday, July 3, 2007 12:16 am

How Battles utterly beguiled the indiescenti

Untitled Document In his essay-cum-manifesto “The Fullness of Time,” the composer Carl Nielsen cautioned against the pursuit of novelty for its own sake: “. . ....
Wednesday, June 27, 2007 09:52 am

Lavender Diamond, despite itself, is an amazing band

Untitled Document Once you get past the stupid name, the simplistic songwriting, and the almost uniformly abysmal lyrics, Lavender Diamond is a really great band — but isn&...
Wednesday, June 20, 2007 10:47 pm

Paul McCartney proves it’s hard work, being happy

Untitled Document Starbucks references have become an indie cliché, a form of slackerist shorthand whereby privileged whites rag on the economic class that spawned them. T...
Wednesday, June 13, 2007 12:45 pm

Joni Mitchell gets a long-overdue tribute album

Untitled Document It seems unimaginable that Joni Mitchell, one of the most influential singer/songwriters of the latter part of the previous century, hasn’t received the t...
Wednesday, June 6, 2007 01:02 am

Ian Hunter’s back, at age 67, with another fine album

Untitled Document At 67, perennial cult hero Ian Hunter isn’t likely to snag the mainstream fame that has eluded him for 40 years. The former Mott the Hoople frontman has a...
Wednesday, May 30, 2007 10:20 am

The French are different, Charlotte Gainsbourg even more so.

Untitled Document The French, to paraphrase F. Scott Fitzgerald, are different from you and me. They take their dogs to cafés and leave their kids at home with filles au p...
Wednesday, May 23, 2007 03:16 am

Wilco stops being squirrelly, and gets even better

Untitled Document The backlash has landed: Wilco, the little indie band that could, isn’t getting a free pass from the press anymore. Sky Blue Sky, the Chicago outfit&#8217...
Wednesday, May 16, 2007 02:35 am

Patti Smith finally gets around to covering her favs

Untitled Document Whether it’s to allay the anxiety of influence, honor important forebears, or simply work through a case of writer’s block, most musicians consider ...
Wednesday, May 9, 2007 01:40 am

Detroit Cobras make a career of playing other people’s music well

Untitled Document To call the Detroit Cobras a cover band is not inaccurate, but it misses the point. Although it’s true that the Cobras’ repertoire consists almost e...
Wednesday, May 2, 2007 03:55 pm

CocoRosie runs the gamut from awful to awesome

Untitled Document Are Bianca and Sierra Casady the geniuses that their admirers (John Darnielle, David Byrne, countless blognerds) say they are, or are they simply the newest nak...


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