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Bland in an Interesting Way

by Lucas Fagen on October 19, 2014

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If the War on Drugs’s Lost in the Dream is a brilliant soft-pop masterpiece, a theory I am perfectly willing to entertain, it is brilliant in a way more suited to a platinum bestseller than to a critics’ record.

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Magnum Opus Cycnorum

by Lucas Fagen on September 28, 2014

The Swans,

Swans, led by one Michael Gira, are the only band around right now to combine the abrasive militancy of classic American noise rock with mind-boggling avant-garde imagination.

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Keep Brooklyn Weird

by Lucas Fagen on September 20, 2014

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Parquet Courts have been compared to Wire, Television, the Velvet Underground, the Modern Lovers, Sonic Youth, the Feelies, the Fall, Minor Threat, Flipper, Guided by Voices, Archers of Loaf, Silkworm, of course Pavement, and I could go on.

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As for iSweat Fitness Music, ah, blame it if you will on my own schlocky taste.

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It has come to my attention that the radio edit of Future’s “Move That Dope” has been christened “Move That Doh” in a classic censorship joke.

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In part 2 of this month, reviews of Lana Del Rey, Sam Smith, Indian Ocean, and Kitten.

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In part 1 of this month, reviews of Celtic Woman, The Fault in Our Stars, The Rough Guide to Indian Classical Music, and Deadmau5.

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In part 2 of this month, reviews of First Aid Kit, EMA, How to Dress Well, and Jack White.

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In part 1 of this month, reviews of Jason Derulo, Skrillex, Linkin Park, and Young Thug & Bloody Jay.

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As the Village Voice’s 41st Pazz & Jop Critics Poll makes clear, Kanye West is the most gifted popular musician of our time. This may sound like empty, generalized hyperbole, and it is. But nothing else would do justice to a man whose renown dwarfs your average celebrity, because West has reached an utterly unprecedented level of acclaim.

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