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  • 7 years ago

    As a general rule, folk music isn't the sort of thing that lends itself to adjectives like aggressive and riotous, but San Francisco's The Dodos have put their own distinctive stamp on the genre. Though they're only a duo, singer-guitarist Meric L...

  • 7 years ago

    Aside from paving the way for truly awful band names in the new millennium, '90s act Archers of Loaf also blazed a trail for a great deal of the indie rock we take for granted today. Eric Bachmann and his Chapel Hill, North Carolina-based crew too...

  • 7 years ago

    With his deep-voiced delivery, rough-hewn honesty and laid-back swagger, rapper Freddie Gibbs offers the perfect amalgam of his Midwest roots and latter-day L.A. residence. As Gibbs' single "The Ghetto" declares, he was raised in "the ghetto, the ...

  • 8 years ago

    Before 2004, the best-known export of Selkirk, Scotland, was a dry fruitcake called "bannock," which, according to Wikipedia, is "made from wheat flour and containing a very large quantity of raisins." It's for this reason, among myriad others, th...

  • 8 years ago

    There's a great deal that's confusing about Miike Snow, not the least of which is the fact that the Stockholm-based band uses that enduring symbol of redneck superstition, the jackalope, as its logo. Furthermore, there's no one named Mike (or Miik...

  • 9 years ago

    Abe Vigoda's lower-profile triumph last year affirmed what most Southern Californians already knew: Los Angeles is in no danger of running out of good ideas—and they're all still wafting out of a dirty old alley. Technically, Abe Vigoda's yo...


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