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Jon M. Gilbertson

Four years after its debut long-player, ‘Don’t Dwell,’ the ensemble follows up with meaningfully pretty grandiosity, spinning pastel webs around the shards of a broken heart. Read more

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Lead vocalist/guitarist has described his Beach Slang efforts as “fawning over the Replacements,” and that’s as evident on 'The Deadbeat Bang of Heartbreak City.' Read more

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On Perpetual Optimist, Luke Lalonde, lead singer and guitarist Born Ruffians, pins many influences onto his chest in 31 minutes displays impressive variety. Read more

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Mark Lanegan’s hands aren’t clean; nor is his voice, yet Somebody’s Knocking has something pure in spirit. Read more

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In Wilco's new album, the bandmates huddle together, not necessarily to shut out the rest of the world; they just want to tune into each other’s thoughts as softly as they can. Read more

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Redd Kross return with an album of noisemaking pop and quirky twists. Read more

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Singer Zac Brown has brought new meaning to country music and will headline the day’s Amphitheater show. If your tastes run toward alternative rock, the Miller Lite Oasis is the place to be for Guided by Voices and The National. Read more

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Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West’s band Oh Wonder has released a new album, Ultralife. The music shows their knack for wrapping electronic pop in the allure of fragile humanity. Read more

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Although Marquis Hill is a trumpeter, his artistic temperament puts him closer to a saxophonist like John Coltrane than to Miles Davis. The Way We Play is basically Hill’s attempt to experiment and to play standards at the same time. Read more

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The fourth album from the Most Serene Republic, Mediac, is a disappointment mainly because the grunts of close calls and the sighs of resignation, are so audible. Once, with “The Feels,” Mediac resembles that reawakening of first-time wo... Read more

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On their sixth album, For All My Sisters, The Cribs maintain their interest in 1990s alternative rock. Read more

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Sir Richard Bishop’s Tangier Sessions, the artist crossed from one continent to another, buying a guitar of mysterious provenance in Geneva and taking it with him to Tangier. He recorded during the relatively quiet Moroccan evenings. The li... Read more

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Whether presiding over the politicized lounge of Stereolab or singing on her own, Laetitia Sadier has been tagged as a “chanteuse.” Primarily because she and the word share French heritage. Still, the je ne sais quoi Read more

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Among actorly forays into music, The Shoe is closer in spirit to She & Him than to Dogstar, and not just because Jena Malone is much less famous than Keanu Reeves Read more

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Although Fragmented World is just over half an hour long, Split Single bandleader Jason Narducy enriches it with two kinds of experience: the kind he’s picked up working for Bob Mould, Robert Pollard and Superchunk, and the kind he’s picked... Read more

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Remote in geography and from the concerns of the outside world, the Maldives is an Islamic republic spread out over 200 islands in the Indian Ocean. The inhabitants developed their own rhythms and poetry over the centuries, yet Western rock... Read more

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During the 1990s, Cibo Matto became part of the New York City indie-rock scene, yet also—because members Yuka C. Honda and Miho Hatori sounded like the Japanese expatriates they were—stood apart from it. Read more

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