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Various Artists | Pop Ambient

Kompakt (2010)
It'd be easy to understand a resistance to "ambient" music — beyond all of its unfortunate Enya and dusty Eno connotations.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 27, 2010

Julianna Barwick | Florine

Emusic (2009)
When someone describes an album as “hmmm, I dunno, sort of like Enya if she were from Brooklyn” — that person is not setting you up for success with said album.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 02, 2009

The Big Hurt: Season's beatings

The Big Hurt holiday shopper
Taking advantage of your seasonal obligation to buy stuff for people, the music industry unleashes its annual torrent of giftable crap: holiday albums, greatest-hits packages, high-profile releases, deluxe reissues.
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 04, 2009

Sollilaquists of Sound | No More Heroes

Anti- (2009)
I've heard that the occasional rose is known to grow from concrete, but from tourist-trap strip malls like Orlando?
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  July 07, 2009

Crossword: ''Out with the old''

You know the rest
You know the rest
By MATT JONES  |  May 28, 2008

Subliminal cruelty

DJ Spooky at the Institute of Contemporary Art, January 26, 2008
In any experiment, failure isn’t the greatest risk — cruelty is.
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  January 29, 2008

And it Stones me

Everybody get UltraViolent at the Deering Grange
Hey, someone’s got to keep the flame alive.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  July 02, 2007

Low notes

Absurdly low guitar tunings are typically employed only by the heaviest of heavy-metal bands looking to punish eardrums with evil cannonballs of six-string sludge.
By PHOENIX STAFF  |  February 23, 2010

Dinosaur rock

Hooray for Earth’s smashing debut
Hooray for Earth singer/guitarist Noel Heroux spends so much time at his band’s Allston rehearsal space, you could imagine he practically lives there. And in fact he does, sleeping on an air mattress among broken guitar parts and empty beer cans. Hooray for Earth, "Simple Plan" (mp3)
By WILL SPITZ  |  September 15, 2006

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