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Vampire Weekend, ‘Vampire Weekend ‘ (XL)

At 1:32 a.m. last Valentine's Day, a demo titled "Oxford Comma" by a band of Columbia University buds was posted on the blog Music for…
Will Hermes / June 15, 2008

Gnarls Barkley, ‘The Odd Couple’ (Downtown/Atlantic)

In 2006, two avantgarde hip-hoppers -- a producer known for DJ'ing in a mouse costume and a Dirty South MC who abandoned a legendary crew…
Will Hermes / March 25, 2008

PJ Harvey, ‘White Chalk’ (Island)

In 1973 Michael Lesy published Wisconsin Death Trip, an intoxicating collection of images shot by Charles Van Schaick -- the town photographer of Black River…
Will Hermes / October 15, 2007

Punk Reunion: New York

Like a mushroom on a pile of shit, punk came up in one of New York City's foulest periods. Probably no other era could have…
Will Hermes / September 21, 2007

Wilco, ‘Sky Blue Sky’ (Nonesuch)

The pastorale LP is a rock'n'roll tradition. It's what happens when a band -- motivated by tinnitus, bankruptcy, drug-crazed meltdowns, or merely an aesthetic conversion…
Will Hermes / June 27, 2007

Palomar, ‘All Things, Forests’ (Misra)

Like the Bangles with a death wish, this indie-rock girl gang (and a token guy) begin their fourth CD with Shangri-Las harmonies on a song…
Will Hermes / April 1, 2007

Isobel Campbell, ‘Milkwhite Sheets’ (V2)

As Belle and Sebastian's original belle, singer/cellist Isobel Campbell helped transform the pedestrian lives of her bandmates -- and, by extension, fans -- into something…
Will Hermes / January 3, 2007

Lady Sovereign, ‘Public Warning’ (Def Jam)

Lady Sov is a brilliant example of how hip-hop adapts to any lowlife's expressive needs. She's white, British, female, and at five-foot-one, a self-proclaimed "midget."
Will Hermes / October 26, 2006

Basement Jaxx, ‘Crazy Itch Radio’ (XL)

Still the savviest dance act on the planet, the Jaxx are beat connoisseurs whose fetishes have grown increasingly exotic. Here, the duo hallucinate an urban…
Will Hermes / October 12, 2006

Sleepy Brown, ‘Mr. Brown’ (Purple Ribbon/Virgin)

With his Marvin Gaye tenor, Curtis Mayfield falsetto, and Isaac Hayes dome, the hook-singing OutKast cohort and producer (as a member of Organized Noize) comes…
Will Hermes / October 7, 2006

Prince, ‘3121’ (Universal)

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Will Hermes / May 2, 2006

The Flaming Lips, ‘At War With the Mystics’ (Warner Bros.)

At 45, Lips frontman Wayne Coyne has seen as much ugliness as anybody of his generation. Yet alt rock's Captain Kangaroo keeps it cheerily surreal,…
Will Hermes / March 28, 2006

Neko Case, ‘Fox Confessor Brings the Flood’ (Anti-)

Besides having the sexiest snaggletooth in indie rock, Neko Case may be the scene's hardest-working gal. She records and tours with Canuck ultrapoppers the New…
Will Hermes / February 28, 2006

Cat Power, ‘The Greatest’ (Matador)

In the performance film Speaking for Trees, Chan Marshall walks barefoot into a sun-spangled field, jacks in her electric guitar, and for the next two…
Will Hermes / January 24, 2006

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