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Spotlight: The Uncluded

Having already collaborated on three separate projects, including an appearance on each other’s respective solo albums, Aesop Rock and Kimya Dawson - together known as The Uncluded - make collaborations between bombastic rappers and soft spoken singer-songwriters […]

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Spotlight: Chance the Rapper

Heralded as an emerging force within Chicago’s new school, 20-year-old Chancelor Bennett (a.k.a. Chance the Rapper) represents a seldom seen, criminally slept on, faction of Windy City lyricists – a collective of writers that are […]

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Spotlight: The Shouting Matches

Justin Vernon is no stranger to mystique. While his breakthrough debut album as Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago, tugged everyone’s heartstrings with Vernon’s oddly-masculine falsetto, the music was overshadowed by its romantic, backwoodsy legend. […]

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Spotlight: California X

“Lush and loud, but down to earth.” This is how Lemmy Gurtowsky describes his band, California X – the sludge-boppers who have spent the best part of 2013 tearing down “guitar music is dead” naysayers, […]

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Spotlight: Shakey Graves

Watching Austinite Shakey Graves (a.k.a. Alejandro Rose-Garcia) saunter up to a mic thumbing his suspenders and proceed to set up his makeshift suitcase-kickdrum rig, the 25-years-young singer-songwriter clearly has crafted a Bert-hobo folk schtick he […]

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Spotlight: Postmadonna

I once had a conversation with an acquaintance about my favorite sub-genre, “math-rock,” knowing full well I’d have to explain its definition. He’d heard it meant “emotionless, show-off music.” I was both pissed at whoever […]

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Spotlight: How To Destroy Angels

Disrupting forte for alt-industrial pioneer Trent Reznor, How to Destroy Angels marries, the marriage, of his new love Mariqueen Maandig, and Oscar-Grammy golden collaborations with producer Atticus Ross (The Social Network, The Girl with the […]

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Spotlight: Bosnian Rainbows

What’s the next step after your band finally gains commercial success with one of the most influential albums of the decade? If you’re At The Drive-In, so goes the process: break up and start a […]

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Spotlight: Parquet Courts

Parquet Courts are unapologetically New York. Or so they like to think. “New York felt like my home before I moved there,” claimed front man, Andrew Savage, in a recent interview with the ailing music […]

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Spotlight: Angel Olsen

Plucked by Will Oldham to be part of the iconic folkie’s backing band, The Cairo Gang, Chicago singer-songwriter darling Angel Olsen‘s tales of wombs, tiny seeds and the universe got a whole lot more existential […]

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