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Neil Young & Promise of the Real – ‘The Visitor’

Listening to a new Neil Young album is kind of like having your old, eccentric uncle over for dinner. Some things about him, you love. Other things may wear a little thin, but you’ve learned […]

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Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds – ‘Who Built the Moon?’

Not unlike Morrissey, Noel Gallagher has given people plenty of reasons to dislike him over the years. It’d take far too long to cite them all, so we’ll just mention his recent snipes at Jeremy […]

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Morrissey – ‘Low in High School’

Sometimes, it seems like there are two types of people in the world: Those who revere Morrissey and those who want to punch him in the face (or worse). How you react to his latest […]

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Billy Ray Cyrus – ‘Set the Record Straight’

Whatever you think of Billy Ray Cyrus, you gotta give the man one thing: He has a good sense of humor. His CMT show Still the King offers ample proof of this. Cyrus plays “Burnin’” […]

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Converge – ‘The Dusk in Us’

On their surfaces, hardcore and metalcore would seem to be genres for young men. After all, it takes a lot of stamina and aggression to shriek and bash your instruments for extended periods of time. […]

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Weezer – ‘Pacific Daydream’

Comedian Hari Kondabolu did a hilarious bit about Weezer back in 2012. He kicked it off by asking, “What the fuck happened to the greatest rock band in the world?” One could easily debate Rivers […]

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Bully – ‘Losing’

The Nashville-based, female-fronted rock group Bully has the rotten luck of making music two decades after the explosion of grunge and the riot grrl movement. If their sophomore album Losing had come out back in […]

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St. Vincent – ‘Masseduction’

You don’t need to know that Annie Clark (aka St. Vincent) broke up with actress-supermodel Cara Delevingne last year to dig her latest album, Masseduction. In fact, focusing on celebrity and relationship gossip can distract […]

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Wolf Parade – ‘Cry Cry Cry’

Wolf Parade’s new album, Cry Cry Cry, ends with the track “King of Piss and Paper.” It starts with these lines: In a way, Spencer Krug, Dan Boeckner and company ask these questions throughout the […]

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Protomartyr – ‘Relatives in Descent’

If you’re not completely enamored with Protomartyr, you might well wonder why they don’t lighten up a little. What with all the critical adulation and popularity (in hipster precincts, at least), you’d think that their […]

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