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  • 5 years ago | Commentary

    Bob Dylan said of Leonard Cohen, who passed away yesterday, November 10, 2016, at the age of 82, is "very much a descendant of Irving Berlin," in that both are "incredibly crafty. Leonard particularly uses chord progressions that seem classical in...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    Sometimes the simplest music is the most affecting. And so it goes with PJ Harvey's new studio album, White Chalk. Absent are the scorched-earth guitars and feral vocals of previous releases; Chalk finds solace and strength in ascetic arrangements...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    Interpol's major-label debut isn't as monochromatic as its two predecessors. "Pioneer to the Falls," which channels the stormy textures of the Cure's Pornography, is possibly the richest song the act has ever recorded, with death-march piano and a...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    While her flamboyant outfits might never be polite, Björk's last few albums certainly were. The ice-crystal percussion and melodies on Vespertine were stunning but mannered, like an immaculately decorated parlor, while the nearly a cappella M...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    Those who think that pop-music junkies represent music fandom's lowest common denominator should read the comments left on iTunes about "Girlfriend," Avril Lavigne's cheerleader chant from hell. "The avril i looked up to was her own person, and pr...

  • 14 years ago | Music News

    Leave it to Trent Reznor -- a musician who probably doesn't even need to hype his art at this point -- to trump every other viral marketer with the Internet-heavy promotional campaign for Year Zero. (It's a concept record; think the Big Brother me...

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