Michael D. Ayers

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  • 8 years ago | Music News

    It's easy to dismiss Cat Power's covers CD Jukebox as a lazy way for a label to deal with its artist's latest bout of writer's block. But Chan Marshall is known for stuffing her live shows with other people's songs and already has one Covers Recor...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    The New Pornographers have a leg up on most groups, in that two of their members are accomplished solo artists: Neko Case has her alt-country thing, and Dan Bejar has Destroyer, his retro-weirdo Bowie thing. Together with New Porns principal A.C. ...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    Like a Beyoncé album, Queens of the Stone Age records typically have two awesome tracks and are otherwise filled out by mediocre ones. The act's latest effort, Era Vulgaris, is no different. Lead single "Sick, Sick, Sick" is a simple power-...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    A lot of posthumous albums seem like vain attempts to make a buck off the name of someone who died prematurely. To that end, Kill Rock Stars should be commended for its decision to wait four years to issue New Moon, a two-disc set of unreleased El...

  • 8 years ago | Music News

    At this point in her career, Björk probably isn't going to win over any new fans. Those who didn't like her before won't start with this release. Volta is challenging, confusing and likely to grate on the nerves, similar to the beatbox-driven...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    The DIY success of Clap Your Hands Say Yeah in 2005 instilled garage bands and dudes with nasally voices with a newfound faith in the can-do spirit. Clap's latest effort finds the band remaining label-less, and record labels breathing a sigh of re...

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