Fiery Furnaces: I’m Going Away

Like their namesake, the Fiery Furnaces exhibit a flame-like propensity for shifting and moving rapidly. This is evident both in their music, which is spontaneous and unpredictable, and in their career —each of their seven albums almost sounds like the work of a different band. But in a world of …

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Japandroids: Post Nothing

From its first yelped chorus, Japandroids ooze joyful and carefree innocence. It’s not that their music is particularly happy or gentle—quite the opposite. It’s that this simple drum-and-guitar combo sounds strangely grand. They adapt some of the crooning and whining of hardcore, but it’s combined here with a raw earnestness …

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The Dead Weather: Horehound

The Dead Weather debuted to much hype and fanfare, mostly (only?) due to the presence of Jack White, the mysterious impresario behind The White Stripes and The Raconteurs. While it’s certainly not going to satisfy anyone who’s expecting indie rock’s Derek and the Dominos, Horehound is an enjoyable album in …

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Brooklyn Refugee

Rebecca Fanya, an acclaimed musician and backup vocalist, follows in the noble footsteps of music’s greatest sidekicks. After doing time in the trenches alongside contemporaries like Peter Gabriel, Youssou N’Dour, and Norah Jones, she’s finally releasing her eponymous debut, with a party at Joe’s Pub in Brooklyn on July

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Doing The Unthinkable

Metalcore isn’t exactly the most mainstream of genres, but Darkest Hour have managed to do the unthinkable—make hardcore sell. They’re one of metalcore’s most commercially and critically successful bands, and now, DC’s own Darkest Hour return to New York to celebrate the release of The Eternal Return, their sixth and …

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Speck Mountain Provides Sweet Relief

For a delicious mid-summer treat, indulge in Speck Mountain’s new album, Some Sweet Relief. Then, check them out at Bruar Falls on July 15. Their intoxicating blend of disco and ambient psychedelia is a perfect complement to singer Marie-Claire Balabanian’s booming soul voice. At the very least, it’s …

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Priestly Sins

British Steel, Judas Priest’s 1980 classic, was the soundtrack to the lives of millions of angry white teenagers. Now that the Reagan years are over, Priest is celebrating the album’s 30th birthday in style, at the PNC Bank Arts Center on July 11. The band will perform the …

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Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros: Up From Below

Edward Sharpe and his Magnetic Zeros are equal parts Lou Reed and Hank Williams. With sarcastic lyrics and a spacious, airy sound, their first album, Up From Below, is a glorious mess of sounds that follow perfectly in the footsteps of bands like Arcade Fire and the Decemberists, who …

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Major Lazer: Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do

The album artwork for Major Lazer’s latest release, Guns Don’t Kill People… Lazers Do, is a hilarious and instantly appealing tribute to the golden age of comic books, with a decidedly black flavor. Similarly, Major Lazer has created an amusing study in combining white stereotypes with Caribbean dancehall rhythms …

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Def Leppard Won’t Die

Throughout the ranks of underpaid, overworked interns in music magazine offices everywhere, a single cry rings out-why won’t Def Leppard die? After all, they’ve been through trials and tribulations that would bring the average band to its knees, and yet, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, they are reborn …

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