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Pranks, Lies and Videotape

The Dandy Warhols and Dig!, a decade later.


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Of all the damning moments for the Dandy Warhols in the 2004 documentary Dig!, the worst occurs the morning after a wild party at the shared house of their friends, fellow psych-rockers the Bria   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing: Elton Cray


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Sounds like: Andre 3000 as a motivational speaker.  For fans of: Outkast, Kendrick Lamar, College Dropout-era Kanye.  Why you care: Elton Cray has never cared whether hip-hop excluded hi   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 SHANNON GORMLEY

Merchandise: Friday, Oct. 3

Take your punk rock and shove it.


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Merchandise is not a punk band. The orchestral swells and chiming acoustic guitars that welcome listeners to new album After the End should make that obvious. But the Internet hype machine continu   More
 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014 PETE COTTELL

Slight Return

The Constantines are back, but it’s best not to get too attached.


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When the members of Canadian punk band the Constantines ended their four-year hiatus earlier this year in honor of the reissue of their landmark 2003 album, Shine a Light, they had a few probl   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Introducing: Muscle and Marrow


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Who: Kira Clark (vocals, guitar), Keith McGraw (drums, samples). Sounds like: A funeral procession through ice and mud that long ago lost the path to the burial site but continues to trudge on ad   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 WW Culture Staff

Puddles Pity Party at the Alberta Rose, Sept. 28

What makes the sad clown sing?


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Interviewing a 6-foot-8 singing clown named Puddles poses some interesting problems.  For starters, the man behind the makeup, performance artist Mike Geier, prefers to keep himself distan   More
 
Wednesday, September 24, 2014 SHANNON GORMLEY

Elvis Has Left the Building

Perpetual sideman Steve Nieve steps uneasily into the spotlight.


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“What’s a groupie?”  That question, innocently posed by young, classically trained, rock-crazed keyboardist Steve Nason in the presence of famously profane pub-rocker Ian Dury in    More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 JEFF ROSENBERG

Introducing Seance Crasher


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Who: Kevin Rafn, Daniel Rafn. Sounds like: If Ween’s 2000 record, White Pepper, delved deeper into the ’80s synth-pop territory explored on the Magnetic Fields’ The Charm of the Highway Strip   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 PETE COTTELL

NAAFI Team: Thursday, Sept. 18 at Holocene

A crew of Mexico City producers unite dance-culture cliques.


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Servers have cleared all the dirty dishes and tables from a large wooden warehouse in Mexico City. The comida corrida, a cheap lunchtime cafeteria, has closed. Night arrives in the city, but i   More
 
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Near Dark

Tim Hecker isn’t a tortured soul. He just plays one on record.


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Sound artist Tim Hecker spends a lot of interviews correcting misconceptions about himself, chief among them that he is not a 19th-century European vampire. It’s an understandable mistake, rea   More
 
Wednesday, September 10, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER
 

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