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Midlake: Friday, Dec. 13

Texas folk rockers find there is life after losing your lead singer.

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Eric Pulido hardly hesitates when asked the obvious question. “No, we never thought about quitting,” says Midlake’s founding guitarist and new frontman. “We had a record to finish.” In 2   More
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 MARK STOCK

Party Rock

The Dismemberment Plan is back. Because why not?

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It only takes a few minutes for Travis Morrison to start messing with me. “When you finish a record, there’s this period where some of the songs quickly join the party,” he says, describin   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Lorde

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[PROTO-GOTH] The latest enfant terrible climbing the charts and roiling the blogs, Lorde recorded her debut album, Pure Heroine, at the tender age of 16 and became the youngest artist to top the B   More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 JAY HORTON

Q&A: Dylan Magierek, Badman Recording Co.

How running a small label is like buying a new house—every year.

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Dylan Magierek wanted out of the independent record business. By 2004, he was five years into running his label, Badman Recording Co., in San Francisco. He’d had some successes—a few records from    More
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

The Soft Index

Graphing the unbearable lightweightness of Drake.

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Drake contains multitudes. He is, after all, a half-black, half-Jewish Canadian child actor turned ginormously famous rapper. In hip-hop terms, he’s quite the unique snowflake. It isn’t just h   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Flashback: Norfolk & Western

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Portland indie-folk institution Norfolk & Western is playing its first show in four years this week. Here, frontman Adam Selzer recalls the band’s 2002 European tour with Sparklehorse.&nbs   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 WW MUSIC STAFF

Letter To My 13-Year-Old Self

RE: Pearl Jam

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Dear 13-year-old Marty, You figure you’re going to be a lawyer, huh? People have been telling you that since you were, oh, 8 or so. You probably wouldn’t believe me if I told you Pearl Jam    More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MARTIN CIZMAR

Radkey: Sunday, Dec. 1

Radkey is a lot like your teenage punk band—except way better.

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Starting a band in a town like St. Joseph, Mo., is hard enough without being black and underage. The city isn’t exactly a music mecca, nor is it the kind of place inclined to embrace three Afr   More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Soft Metals: Saturday, Nov. 30

An alloy of love, synths and urban planning.

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Soft Metals didn’t move to L.A. for the weather, or to get closer to the music industry. Ian Hicks and Patricia Hall, the couple who formed the moody synth duo in Portland in 2009, relocated to    More
Wednesday, November 27, 2013 MITCH LILLIE

Cover Your Hair In Your Eyes

An oral history of the Meat Puppets on Nirvana’s Unplugged in New York.

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When Nirvana agreed to film an episode of MTV’s Unplugged in November 1993, the network execs were giddy over the possibilities. Who would the biggest band in the world bring as a guest? Eddie V   More
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

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