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The BSO opens its summer home without Levine, but with Mark Morris & Yo-Yo Ma

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It was especially sad that Levine, who cancelled his entire Tanglewood season and then resigned as BSO music director as of September (he just underwent another major surgery on his spine), couldn't lead this particular program.
By LLOYD SCHWARTZ  |  August 10, 2011
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Junior Boys | It's All True

Domino (2011)
With its disco-bass pulse, jet-engine synths, and seductive half-time chorus, "Itchy Fingers" kicks things off by demonstrating the Boys' finesse for tricked-out, ass-shaking programmed grooves.
By RYAN REED  |  June 22, 2011
'D' by White Denim

White Denim | D

Downtown Records (2011)
White Denim's D just won't be ignored. The Austin quartet's fourth studio LP is an album so dense, so unstoppably kinetic, that the flurry of movement makes background listening impossible.
By REYAN ALI  |  June 07, 2011
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Classified | Hand Shakes and Middle Fingers

Decon (2011)
Classified is to Canada what Jay-Z is to the States in that both are pre-eminent rappers in their respective countries.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 12, 2011
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Mindless Self Indulgence | Tighter

The End (2011)
If MSI's convulsive rave rendering of Method Man's "Bring the Pain" had been rap rock's definitive anthem, history would have changed trajectory.
By BARRY THOMPSON  |  May 17, 2011
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Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds | Expanded Collectors Editions | Let Love In | Murder Ballads | The Boatman's Call | No More Shall We Part

Mute/EMI (2011)
The four classic albums that Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds released between 1994 and 2001 served as a crucial transition.
By ZETH LUNDY  |  May 12, 2011
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The dark romantic transformation of Zola Jesus

Personal resurrection
I'm going to guess that Nika Roza Danilova's teenage years were not full of the frivolity that most of us associate with that pimpled life phase.  
By DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  April 19, 2011
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Chromatics | Night Drive

Italians Do It Better (2010)
Independent Italo-disco throwback record label Italians Do It Better is rooted as deeply in punk-rock DIY as it is in dance 12-inches from the '70s and drugged-out '80s club-night afterparties.
By ANDREW GRAHAM  |  November 16, 2010
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The Hundred in the Hands | The Hundred in the Hands

Warp Records (2010)
Eye-rolling hipsterdom may have reached new heights with Brooklyn boy/girl duo the Hundred in the Hands, who lifted their moniker from the Fetterman Massacre of 1866.
By MICHAEL MAROTTA  |  October 19, 2010
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Rick Berlin | Paper Airplane

Hi-N-Dry
Hi-N-Dry
By JON GARELICK  |  October 12, 2010
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Dar Williams | Many Great Companions

Razor & Tie (2010)
The companions of the title are Dar Williams's songs, which the singer-songwriter revisits here two different ways.
By JEFF TAMARKIN  |  October 05, 2010
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The Corin Tucker Band | 1,000 Years

Kill Rock Stars (2010)
Four years ago, it was guitarist and vocalist Corin Tucker's maternal pull that bore most of the blame for Sleater-Kinney's disbanding.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  October 05, 2010
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Clinic | Bubblegum

Domino (2010)
The name Clinic has always suited the music of these wired-up, post-punk Brits.
By LUKE O'NEIL  |  October 05, 2010
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Soundgarden | Telephantasm

A&M Records (2010)
Aside from an unfortunate crop of John Graham art making the cover look like one of those three-wolf-moon T-shirts, Telephantasm is a solid retrospective for a Seattle metal band who got wrapped up in flannel.
By MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER  |  October 05, 2010
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One night, one jazz trifecta

Taylor Eigsti, the October Trio, and the BC Quintet
True, there aren't enough paying gigs for musicians, but the live music is out there — and last Wednesday, I had to scramble to make three promising shows.
By JON GARELICK  |  June 29, 2010

As Fast As at the Empire, Grand Hotel's new album, and more

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AS FAST AS are playing a reunion show of sorts July 3 at the Empire.
By PORTLAND PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 24, 2010
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Light Pollution | Apparitions

Carpark (2010)
Light Pollution unabashedly endorse marijuana use: “How many glass pipes can you find in this picture?” the band ask under a press photo posted on their MySpace.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 24, 2010
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Coming soon, unfortunately

Music you don't want
Despite last month's record sales (the lowest since anyone's been keeping track), some artists still don't get the picture: nobody wants music anymore .
By DAVID THORPE  |  June 15, 2010
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Mission accomplished

Isis call it quits with a last-hurrah tour
After 13 years, singer/guitarist Aaron Turner and the band (all New England kids except Ohio native Meyer) have announced that they're packing it in.
By MATT PARISH  |  June 21, 2010
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Mary Chapin Carpenter | The Age of Miracles

Zoë/Rounder (2010)
Mary Chapin Carpenter made her best albums when she was breaking from Nashville and testing what country radio would let her get away with.
By BRETT MILANO  |  June 16, 2010
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Suckers | Wild Smile

Frenchkiss (2010)
Dissenting from the almighty forces of fuzz-pop and the subgenres that have defined its counterparts for the past year or so, the Brooklyn-based Suckers' debut full-length is both frustratingly and pleasantly difficult to place in today's indie-rock landscape.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  June 16, 2010

It's BiMPy time: Rhode Island Music Awards at Lupo's

Off the Couch
Start the weekend off proper.
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  June 02, 2010
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Welcome to Chateau Rex

A new day rising for Coma Coma
75orLess Records strikes again with another stoner-rock scorcher in Chateau Rex , courtesy of Coma Coma.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 26, 2010

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Off the Couch
Romen Rok celebrates at Firehouse 13
By PROVIDENCE PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  May 26, 2010

Eddie & the Louvers, Paraplegics and Gut Bucket at Club Hell

Off the Couch
Punk/hardcore heads will convene at Club Hell (401.709.3923) for an all-ages tilt featuring Rhythmafia, EDDIE & THE LOUVERS, THE PARAPLEGICS , and GUT BUCKET on FRIDAY (the 28th). Creeping around Aquidneck? Be sure to stop by Billy Goode’s for a freebie with BLIZZARD OF ‘78 and Boston’s JENNY DEE & THE DELINQUENTS , call 401.848.5013 for details.
By PROVIDENCE MUSIC STAFF  |  May 26, 2010
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Poetic chaos

A Troop of Echoes spend Days In Automation
The melodic noise collective known as A Troop of Echoes will unveil their full-length debut Days In Automation next weekend at AS220, hosting their album release party alongside an impressive gathering of local support.
By CHRIS CONTI  |  May 19, 2010
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CocoRosie | Grey Oceans

Sub Pop (2010)
Freak-folk fans disappointed by the relative accessibility of recent efforts by Devendra Banhart and Joanna Newsom should check out CocoRosie’s latest.
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  May 19, 2010
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Beach Fossils | Beach Fossils

Captured Tracks (2010)
There are currently no functioning synonyms (ask Thesaurus) for the term “lo-fi,” so I’ll spare us all the agony of trying to find a more nuanced way to pigeonhole this band.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  May 19, 2010
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Phosphorescent | Here’s To Taking It Easy

Dead Oceans (2010)
What was once an aching, drowsy fireside croon fest (2007’s Pride ) has taken a blatant leap into hoedown territory on singer/guitarist Matthew Houck’s latest effort.
By CARRIE BATTAN  |  May 11, 2010
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Multi-colored Greetings

Getting psychedelic with the Stereo Flys
You can’t accuse Jeff Beam of lacking ambition.
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 12, 2010

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