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Album review: Nilüfer Yanya

From a genre standpoint, Nilüfer Yanya has always been hard to pin down. She’s typically billed as an R&B singer-songwriter, but even that description fails to capture the many sounds that can make up the prototypical track from her—the smooth yet hesitant voice, the clockwork percussion, the synths that fade in and out without warning. […]

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Interview: John Hodgman

The last time readers heard from writer, humorist, actor, podcast host, and all-around funny and insightful guy John Hodgman, he was satirically peddling fake world knowledge in three surprisingly convincing tomes released between 2005 and 2011. In the meantime, among other pursuits, Hodgman’s podcast Judge John Hodgman polished his comic persona as an erudite know-it-all with warmth […]

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Album review: Close to the Glass by The Notwist

The Notwist’s new record sounds very much like the German quartet’s previous work—beats glitch, guitars strum, lyrical desperation chills. “We want to be you,” Markus Acher sings shakily on “Signals,” the album’s opener. When he then sings “We want to light your screen,” the primary theme of Close To The Glass sinks in: The Notwist […]

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Interview: Mike Mills of R.E.M.

The songs on R.E.M.’s new album, Accelerate, are the loudest and fastest the band has recorded since the mid-1980s, when their unique sound was ruling college campuses. The intervening years, of course, were full of chart-toppers and canonic music videos, but the band’s reputation was somewhat sullied with 2004’s dull and lifeless Around the Sun. […]

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Record review: Mouthful of Bees

Minneapolis-based Mouthful of Bees, with its barbed guitar lines and swarms of distortion, is a rare musical species: a band whose name perfectly fits its music. [Click here for more]

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