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Spins: Stephen Malkmus • “Traditional Techniques”

Spins: Stephen Malkmus • “Traditional Techniques”

| April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Stephen Malkmus Traditional Techniques (Matador Records) When Pavement first entered the rock scene nearly 30 years ago, they stood out like a sore thumb. While they were lo-fi, they weren’t punk, and while they had pop melodies, those were buried under tape hiss and inside jokes. Frontman Stephen Malkmus never went for a stylistic makeover, […]

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Spins: Greg Dulli • “Random Desire”

Spins: Greg Dulli • “Random Desire”

| April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Greg Dulli Random Desire (Royal Cream/BMG) Calling this “the first solo album” by The Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli isn’t technically truthful – unless it’s a deliberate attempt to erase 2005’s Amber Headlights altogether. Whether first or second, it was time for another musical road less traveled for Dulli. Surviving way longer than most rock […]

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Spins: Pearl Jam • “Gigaton”

Spins: Pearl Jam • “Gigaton”

| April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pearl Jam Gigaton (Monkeywrench/Republic) Pearl Jam’s timing for the end of the world record is impeccable. The Seattle-based quartet’s recorded output has been stalled for nearly seven years, and apparently, they have some shit they want to get off their chests. The band’s eleventh record, Gigaton, also finds its members looking for new ways to […]

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Spins: The Beatles “Abbey Road” 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set Reviewed

Spins: The Beatles “Abbey Road” 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe Box Set Reviewed

| October 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Beatles Abbey Road 50th Anniversary Super Deluxe box set (Apple/Universal) As with the 50th anniversary editions of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and The Beatles (aka The White Album), any fan could argue that this new mix of Abbey Road is unnecessary. Some may go as far as saying that tinkering with the […]

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Spins: The Mekons, Signal The Launch, Foreigner, Journey

Spins: The Mekons, Signal The Launch, Foreigner, Journey

| June 11, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Mekons Deserted (Bloodshot) This isn’t the Joshua Tree that U2 wrote about 30 years ago. But peering into their crystal ball, you would think they’d approve (and be disturbed) by the Mekons version of southern California’s treasured landmark inspiration on Deserted. Climate change, industrial expansion, government shutdowns, and neglect threaten Joshua Tree National Forest, […]

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Spins: The Beatles – The White Album at 50

Spins: The Beatles – The White Album at 50

| November 9, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Beatles The Beatles (aka The White Album) anniversary editions (Apple/Universal) Following 2017’s 50th anniversary retooling of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, producer George Martin’s son Giles Martin takes a deep dive into the original White Album reels for a revelatory remix. Pepper’s remix incited heated debate. On one side were fans (and even […]

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Spins: Rush, Frank Zappa Reissues

Spins: Rush, Frank Zappa Reissues

| January 6, 2017 | 1 Comment

Rush 2112 – 40th Anniversary Edition (Universal Music Enterprises) Bassist Geddy Lee has described Rush as “the world’s biggest cult band.” Among the trio’s most devoted followers, you’ll find fans claiming any one of the Canadian prog-rock powerhouse’s twenty albums as their favorite. To the world at large, however, it all comes down to 1976’s […]

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Spins: Reviewed – The Rolling Stones – “Blue and Lonesome”

Spins: Reviewed – The Rolling Stones – “Blue and Lonesome”

| December 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Britain’s oldest hitmakers” return to their blues roots. Instead of revisiting tired cliches, Jeff Elbel says they sound inspired and re-energized, in Spins.

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Photo Gallery: Bob Mould @ Metro

Photo Gallery: Bob Mould @ Metro

| May 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

Husker Du’s legendary co-founder impresses ’em again at Metro…

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Spins: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

Spins: Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings

| December 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s A Holiday Soul Party

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Spins: Built To Spill

Spins: Built To Spill

| May 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Recalling their salad days…

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Stage Buzz – Album Review & Photo Gallery: Billy Idol

Stage Buzz – Album Review & Photo Gallery: Billy Idol

| February 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Billy Idol has survived the music wars and has come out the other end virtually unscathed…

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Spins: Lana Del Rey

Spins: Lana Del Rey

| June 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

The pre-fab tabular rasa of “Born To Die” is a real human being after all…

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Spins: June 2014

Spins: June 2014

| June 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

AM Stereo

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Spins: The Pixies

Spins: The Pixies

| February 3, 2014 | 0 Comments

Album better than its title…

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