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Le Butcherettes »

The Mexican band Le Butcherettes has followed the trajectory of many brilliant artists of that country: Initially unable to succeed in the impenetrable but influential Mexican music scene, its members…

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Conor Oberst »

  You probably haven’t been waiting around for some singer-songwriter to update Harry Chapin’s inescapable 1974 hit “Cat’s In the Cradle,” the slightly cloying tune about the changing dynamic between…

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Jolie Holland »

When she sings, Jolie Holland’s words come out warped and slurred, the notes bent sideways and raw at the edges. When she first emerged as a solo artist a decade…

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Haley Bonar »

Haley Bonar first reached a national audience as a teenager, when fellow Minnesotan Alan Sparhawk heard her perform and offered her a spot on tour, opening for his band Low.…

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This Is Sinead O’Connor? »

The new Sinead

Sinead, is that you?! The usually bald-headed Irish singer is looking very different on the cover art for her new…

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Courtney Love Strips “Pacific Coast Highway” »

2011 Joyful Heart Foundation Gala - Inside

In a moment of reflection, Courtney Love has stripped the song “Pacific Coast Highway” down to its bare essentials –…

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In The Studio With Brian Eno »


Brian Eno began his workday by drawing a small card from a box that sits on a desk in his…

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The Return of Michael Jackson? »

Michael Jackson's 30th Anniversary Celebration - Show

Michael Jackson’s lifelong dichotomy of releasing unheard music while simultaneously dealing with accusations of abhorrent behavior continues long after his…

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Dave Grohl Gets New HBO Show »


In an effort to presumably battle Questlove for Busiest Musician title, Dave Grohl will host and produce a documentary show…

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Jackson Browne Pays Tribute to Ned Doheny »


In Laurel Canyon musical lore, Seventies singer-songwriter Ned Doheny’s name registers as a blip compared to Joni Mitchell, David Crosby…

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New Releases

Michael Jackson, “Xscape” »


Michael Jackson has been more prolific in death than he usually was while alive. For his second posthumous studio LP, weighing in at an ungenerous eight songs, Timbaland and Jerome Harmon lead a team of producers who’ve added bulk and even dubstep eruptions to Jackson’s…

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Tune-Yards, “Nikki Nack” »


About a year-and-a-half after Merrill Garbus, who records under the moniker Tune-Yards, released her breakthrough 2011 sophomore record, “whokill,” a groove-inducing tour de force of looped vocals and African-inspired polyrhythms that made critics and crowds take notice, she couldn’t stand herself. “After hearing so much…

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Santana, “Corazon” »


The best instrumentalists don’t just play — they speak. Instruments can move freely without language or diction hampering them, but that also makes it more challenging to deliver a message or establish an identity. Yet the sound of Carlos Santana’s guitar is unmistakable: angular melodies…

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Black Keys, “Turn Blue” »


For lovers of pop music, advance word about the new Black Keys album was a bit alarming. Guitarist-vocalist Dan Auerbach, drummer Patrick Carney and returning co-conspirator/­co-producer Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton said in recent interviews that they were consciously steering themselves away from producing singles. Considering…

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