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Listening Booth: Nine Inch Nails, “Ghosts I-IV”

Whether or not you’re a fan of his music, it’s hard to argue that Trent Reznor, the creative mastermind of Nine Inch Nails, is...

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Listening Booth: Dengue Fever, “Venus on Earth”

Many seem eager to send bands like Vampire Weekend to the firing line for their afro-pop-lite brand of indie rock. For those on the often...

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Listening Booth: Mono in VCF, “Mono in VCF”

There’s so much to like about the self-titled debut from Tacoma, Washington’s Mono in VCF, it’s hard to know where to...

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Listening Booth: The Mars Volta, “The Bedlam in Goliath”

For five years now, the Mars Volta has colored the alternative rock scene with their hardcore-prog-jazz hybrid. They’ve represented...

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Listening Booth: Vampire Weekend, “Vampire Weekend”

Coming into their first full-length, Vampire Weekend are in the precarious position of having a reputation that precedes them. Before their...

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Listening Booth: Cat Power, “Jukebox”

Cat Power (aka Chan Marshall) makes two ballsy moves with her new album, Jukebox, largely considered her second covers album, though it...

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Listening Booth: Chris Walla, “Field Manual”

Dear Chris Walla, As a longtime Death Cab for Cutie fan, I was pretty excited to hear about your solo album. By “longtime fan,”...

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Listening Booth: Kate Nash, “Made of Bricks”

Quirk is a risky thing to play with. If it’s not done in the right way or if it’s taken too far, it can seem insincere,...

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Listening Booth: CoCo B’s, “CoCo B’s”

Throughout the CoCo B’s self-titled debut album, frontman Kevin Castillo’s casual, somewhat sleepy vocals, similar to those of...

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Listening Booth: Thao Nguyen & the Get Down Stay Down, “We Brave Bee Stings and All”

Not since the Riot Grrl movement has there likely been a better time for alternative female singer-songwriters. With the likes of Feist,...

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Listening Booth: Black Mountain, “In the Future”

The two biggest criticisms that Black Mountain’s In the Future is likely to receive are the following: 1. STONERS 2. They’re...

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Listening Booth: Finian McKean, “Monsters of the Deep Woods”

At first, Finian McKean’s Monsters of the Deep Woods seems deceptively simple, with its sparse acoustics and oblique lyrics. Each...

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Listening Booth: Lupe Fiasco, “The Cool”

Like a wolf in sheep’s clothing, rapper Lupe Fiasco mixes sentimentality with harsh attacks on the hand that feeds him in his...