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Serenity Never: Lydia Loveless Brings a Gritty, Witchy Arsonist’s Zeal to ‘Somewhere Else’

Lydia Loveless makes unreasonable demands, and she damn well knows it. This 23-year-old Ohioan country-punk singer does a line at a party and decides to…
Keith Harris / February 13, 2014

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks Both Mock and Slyly Embody Middle Age on ‘Wig Out at Jagbags’

You can maybe stay cool into your forties, but don't bet on it. The hippest in-jokes wither into the limpest dad jokes, and the culprit's…
Keith Harris / January 2, 2014

Sebadoh Reunite for More Candid, Wincing Mind Games on ‘Defend Your Self’

Fuck yeah, we still need indie-rock bands! As a nation of independent contractors, invoicing each work-for-hire project as if it were our last, we naturally…
Keith Harris / September 16, 2013

Robin Thicke’s ‘Blurred Lines’ Is the Album Justin Timberlake Was Too Famous to Make

This is the album that Justin Timberlake is too famous to make in 2013, its musical scope and track lengths modest, its sexual appetite and…
Keith Harris / July 29, 2013

George Jones, R.I.P.: The Legacy of Country’s Greatest Voice in 15 Tracks

Universally acknowledged as country music's greatest singer as well as its most enigmatic n'er-do-well, George Glenn Jones was born in Saratoga, Texas, in 1931, and…
Keith Harris / April 27, 2013

Snoop Lion, ‘Reincarnated’ (Berhane Sound System/Mad Decent/Vice/RCA)

A pimp can have a midlife crisis too, you know. And yet, while Calvin Broadus may be married happily with three kids, he's already led…
Keith Harris / April 24, 2013

Review: The Strokes, ‘Comedown Machine’

Nobody much asks what the Strokes will do next anymore. ("No search results found for 'What will the Strokes do next?'" Evidence!) So when "One…
Keith Harris / March 25, 2013

Review: Yo La Tengo, ‘Fade’

When Yo La Tengo release their next album three years or so from now, no reviewer will think to mention Sonic Youth. Despite a shared…
Keith Harris / January 15, 2013

The Mountain Goats, ‘Transcendental Youth’ (Merge)

Maybe you've heard that Transcendental Youth features horns on a few songs, and maybe you've wondered why you should care. After all, it's been 10…
Keith Harris / October 4, 2012

Owl City, The Midsummer Station (Universal Republic)

We should’ve heard the last of Adam Young, a.k.a., Owl City. Back in 2009, "Fireflies" simpered virally across America, and annoyed grown-ups wished 1,000 slugs…
Keith Harris / September 11, 2012

THE APPLES IN STEREO

The Apples in Stereo are among the least ridiculously named bands in the Elephant 6 collective, a loose aggregate of likeminded indie-poppers that formed in…
Keith Harris / September 7, 2012

CHET BAKER

Best known for his distinctive takes on "My Funny Valentine," which he first recorded as a member of the Gerry Mulligan Quartet, this white heartthrob…
Keith Harris / September 6, 2012

THE MAX REBO BAND

Though named for red ball organ virtuoso Max Rebo (born Siiruulian Phantele on the planet Orto), this legendary combo was actually controlled behind the scenes…
Keith Harris / September 6, 2012

HENK BADINGS

This Dutch avant-garde composer's fascination with non-traditional harmonies and scales led him to become a pioneer of electronic music. Badings' earliest work expanded the compositional…
Keith Harris / September 6, 2012

‘ONIBABA’

In this 1964 Japanese horror film, a stark black-and-white classic, a woman and her daughter-in-law make a living by murdering wayward samurai and selling their…
Keith Harris / September 6, 2012

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