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  • 9 years ago | Music News

    Soundtrack might not be the right word for this CD from the film of the same name, since this hourlong romp is delivered as an overt "we aren't breaking up" response to rumors of the past few months. In the wake of the Speakerboxxx/Love Below spli...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    In the indie-rock canon, the Pacific Northwest gets its rep mostly from its Seattle and Olympia greats. But the best Pac-NW album of the year is just a ferry ride away from Seattle, and perhaps the short distance (and free Canadian health care) wa...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    Now that's what I'm talking about — an album title that gets to the point. Thing is, Cex (the perpetually transforming solo project/group/something helmed by Rjyan Kidwell) misleads: Actual Fucking's toned-down slew of breakbeats, synths, and...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    Hipsters looking for disagreeable, hard-to-digest music will presumably turn toward the new Liars record, Drum's Not Dead, for a hearty dose of parent-scaring noise. It's a reasonable assumption, as their last album, in spite of its weirdness and ...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    The biggest debates in rock music are about the great mimics. The Strokes outlasted comparisons to the Velvets, Coldplay somehow became bigger than Radiohead, and you can't even speak the word Nirvana without thinking the word Pixies. So it's unde...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    With Confessions on a Dance Floor, Madonna makes progress in returning to form after the preachy, pale American Life, but this seamless, beat-filled ode to dance clubs isn't enough to restore her pop relevance. These are the sounds of 1998, halfwa...