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First Listen: Chelsea Wolfe, ‘Abyss’

A serene figure is suspended in what seems like nothingness, and evaporates into a dream world that creeps far too close to reality. The black space looks worn and decayed, as if clawed by nails....
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First Listen: La Luz, ‘Weirdo Shrine’

The surf rock of La Luz is marked by more than just the reverb on Shana Cleveland’s guitar. For, just as the art of surfing is harder than it looks, guided as it is by a deep understanding of...
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First Listen: Night Beds, ‘Ivywild’

In the fallout of a breakup, it’s natural to spiral into self-analysis, pore over the past for evidence of where it all started to go wrong, and then try to recreate the story from selectively...
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Shamir: Tiny Desk Concert

When I first saw Shamir at NPR Music’s SXSW showcase, the 20-year-old singer popped on stage with a Yo Gabba Gabba T-shirt and proceeded to light up the night with his disco-infused funk and joyful...
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5 Musical Mobs Recalled By The Cesena, Italy, Video Of The Foo Fighters’ ‘Learn To Fly’

The sights and sounds of 1,000 people in Cesena, Italy, playing “Learn To Fly” by The Foo Fighters might be instantly likeable, but if you’re a crusty music consumer, you might find it a bit too...
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First Listen: Pavement, ‘The Secret History, Vol. 1′

Pavement‘s minor MTV hit, “Cut Your Hair,” came out in 1994, and the song’s offbeat, ramshackle charm introduced the cult indie band to a broader audience. It also marked the end of an era....
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SOAK: Tiny Desk Concert

The opening line of SOAK‘s debut album — “A teenage heart is an unguided dart” — contains the first words I heard from 19-year-old singer-songwriter Bridie Monds-Watson. Now, she’s bringing that...
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For D.C.’s LilBigBrother, Rapping Is About Love And ‘That Bounce’

Warning: This post contains some adult imagery....
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Premiere: ‘Drag + Blur,’ A Slacker-Rock Gem From Princess Reason

If you know ‘90s rock, you’ll know where the latest song from Princess Reason comes from....
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Three Inscrutable Moments In This New Video From Old Indian

The storyline of this new video for “Just A Bum” — a surf-rock ripper from Frederick, Maryland, rock ensemble Old Indian — seems basic: Guy goes to office, makes gross mess with junk food purchased...

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