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Okkervil River to Play as Roky Erickson’s Backing Band on New Album, True Love Cast Out All Evil; I Struggle to Make Meaningful Connection With Roky Erickson Outside of the First Four Minutes of High Fidelity; I Question My Own Dedication to “The Pop Canon” [Pitchfork]

Mysterious Drawing of a [...]

Premiere: CAVES: “Face the Wall”

There are a few bands from the 90s that haven’t maintained their “promise of influence” all that well (I use scare quotes here, because I realize that this concept, a promise of influence, is a load of bullshit. A band’s lasting success is mostly reliant on the bands that “promise influence” immediately after them. [...]

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Stream Joy Orbison’s New EP, The Shrew Would Have Cushioned the Blow, Which Mostly Consists of the Same Drum Beat Playing For Eight to Twelve Minutes, Before Your Neurological System Completely Shuts Down, Rendering the Rest of the EP to a Indeterminable Quality [Gorilla vs. Bear]

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Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings Announce Fourth Full-Length, I Learned the Hard Way, Released May 4th (And From the Look of the Cover, There are Far More “Dap-Kings” Than I’ve Ever Seen Before…I’m Not So Sure Those Men are Actually Kings at All) [Brooklyn Vegan]

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Midwestern Literary-Alcoholic Emo Band Cursive to Tour With Midwestern Macabre-Alcoholic Emo Band Alkaline Trio, Which Heavily Appeals to the 15-Year Old Bukowski Reader in All of Us; Hit New York on March 12 [Brooklyn Vegan]

Stream Dreamy, Slightly Tribal Track “Icarus” From Portland’s White Hinterland, Which Features a Healthy Amount [...]

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Stream “Four Score and Seven,” the First Track Available off Titus Andronicus’s Sophomore Effort The Monitor, Which, as You May Already Know, is Entirely Based on the Civil War, and Therefore is Too Intrinsically Awesome to Warrant a Joke [Myspace]

Stream “Back to the Sun” and “Girlfriend Swap” From Fucked [...]

Hidden Gems

HIDDEN GEMS Piglet | Lavaland Honest question: how many people outside of Chicago have heard this band? Among my Chicago friends, who still take math-rock seriously (obligatory reference to Noumenon, who will finally release their debut EP in two months, and coined the term “party-math”), Lavaland has maintained something of a revelatory status, indisputable for [...]

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News is as slow as the circulation in our extremities in this weather. Instead of scouring blogs for news, sit down by the fire, and read the New Yorker’s profile on Vampire Weekend, the Ivy League’s finest output in the last 15 years (take that Mark Zuckerberg. You may own [...]