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Are We There Yet?

Sharon Van Etten’s life is a highway. She wants to pull over.


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When Brooklyn singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten returned from a grueling yearlong stint touring behind her 2012 album, Tramp, she was physically and emotionally spent. She promised her boyfriend    More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Show Preview: Future


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[BACK TO THE…] Earlier this year, Auto-Tune aficionado and new father Future released “Move That Dope,” the first single on his then-highly anticipated second studio album, Honest—and it was   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 SAM CUSUMANO

Clipping: Saturday, July 5 at Doug Fir Lounge

Call it “noise,” call it “avant-garde”—just make sure you also call it “hip-hop.”


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Some records are considered “challenging.” Others issue challenges. CLPPNG, the almost self-titled new album by L.A. noise-rap crew Clipping, begins by practically daring the listener to conti   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Hotseat: Dave Allen

The former Gang of Four bassist talks Entertainment!, His new job at Beats Music and why he changed his mind about streaming.


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Dave Allen was the fourth and final member to join Gang of Four. Twice, he was the first to leave the pioneering English post-punk group. When he quit after 1981’s Solid Gold, it was due to dr   More
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Hear No Screamo

Our blind taste test of this year’s Warped Tour lineup.


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The Warped Tour is less like a fine wine than a gummy bear stuck in a car’s ashtray: The more it ages, the more unrecognizable it becomes. If you’re of a certain generation and grew up with a    More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Introducing...: Hook & Anchor


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Who: Kati Claborn (guitar, banjo, ukulele, vocals), Gabrielle Macrae (violin, vocals), Ryan Dobrowski (drums), Erik Clampitt (guitar, pedal steel, vocals), Luke Ydstie (bass, vocals). Sounds like   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 BRANDON WIDDER

Ambrose Akinmusire: Wednesday, June 25

The new face of jazz trumpet isn’t concerned with appeasing purists.


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Two years ago, Ambrose Akinmusire was New York’s next jazz hero. With a major-label contract under his belt, he was turning heads with his fiery, angular trumpet improvisations, appearing on tra   More
 
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 TREE PALMEDO

Braving the Beats

A What The Festival survival guide.


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You’ve been to Sasquatch every year since 2009. You’ve run around in a glow-in-the-dark loincloth for a week at Burning Man. You might even consider yourself a “festie.” But you’ll still   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MITCH LILLIE

Introducing…: Ripley Snell


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Sounds like: An acid-rap marketing seminar. For fans of: Chance the Rapper, Kendrick Lamar, Edan, Bilal. Why you care: Ripley Snell is not a businessman, he’s a small business, man. That’s how   More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Dawn Of Midi: Wednesday, June 18

Hypnotizing the world one post-jazz groove at a time.


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It’s not necessarily a reconstitution of New Orleans’ Congo Square—that trading spot where, back in the early 20th century, African, European and indigenous cultures got jumbled up and spat    More
 
Wednesday, June 18, 2014 DAVE CANTOR
 

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