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Unknown Pleasures

Peter Hook brings New Order’s deep cuts into the light.


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“I’ve never seen a group bicker as plainly and as openly as me and twat-face,” Peter Hook says over the phone from his room at a Toronto Holiday Inn. The founding bassist of Joy Division a   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Mirel Wagner at Bunk Bar—November 21

Scary folk songs to sing in the dark.


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Mirel Wagner raises a lot of questions on her new album, the first being “What’s underneath the floor?” That comes in the chorus of “1 2 3 4,” which opens When the Cellar Children See    More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 SHANNON GORMLEY

Show Preview: Sturgill Simpson, Lucette


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[BIG BRITCHES] Jesus gets name-checked in the first few lines of Sturgill Simpson's Metamodern Sounds in Country Music, the Kentucky native's second album. That dead guy's name, though, is qu   More
 
Wednesday, November 19, 2014 DAVE CANTOR

Stockholm Syndrome

Why metal fans should love First Aid Kit.


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I hate to break it to you, but country music failed us. Once the genre of choice for outlaws and simple folks with big dreams, it’s become a streamlined industry of tepid tunes and Nashville   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 NATHAN CARSON

Show Preview: Flying Lotus, Thundercat


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[FUTURE JAZZ] Steven Ellison won’t settle down. The producer, better known to the world as Flying Lotus, isn’t just one of the most innovative musicians putting out material these days. He’s   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Death From Above 1979


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[NO-WAVE FUNK] Looking back on the flash-in-the-pan success of Death From Above 1979’s debut record, You’re a Woman, I’m a Machine, it’s hard to pin down what sort of precedent led to the To   More
 
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 PETE COTTELL

What’s Your Pleasure?

Forty years ago, Portland’s best band was a funky soul orchestra from the streets of the Northeast.


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In 1974, Portland was a much funkier place. Though still primarily a rock town, one of the most popular and successful groups to emerge in that era was Pleasure, a nine-piece, jazz-tinged disco-so   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Primer: A Millennial’s Guide to Slowdive


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WTF is “Slowdive”?  Slowdive is a pioneering shoegaze band from Reading, England. They formed in 1989 and split after just six years and three records, including landmark 1993 album Souv   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

United Nations: Friday, Nov. 7

Geoff Rickly slaughters punk’s sacred cows—including himself.


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United Nations’ Geoff Rickly is not to blame for emo’s crimes against humanity. Historians might use his old band, Thursday, as a punching bag for the punk subgenre’s unseemly shift from h   More
 
Wednesday, November 5, 2014 PETE COTTELL
 

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