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Jul 09, 2010 Music Nada Surf

On If I Had a Hi-Fi, Nada Surf accomplishes the rare feat of producing a covers album that won’t just waste space on your CD shelf. In fact, the album wants for, rather demands, repeated listening.

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Jul 08, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

An early-‘80s Athens, GA band that never got the level of attention bestowed upon even the scene’s second-tier commercial contemporaries (Pylon, The Love Tractors), The Method Actors were a flat-out terrific post-punk band, with a stentorian push-pull sound as equally indebted to Television as Gang of Four. Their records have aged remarkably well, as evidenced on this terrific compilation that culls pretty much everything the band did during their 1980-81 prolific peak.

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The Wolfman Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Universal

Jul 02, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

Benicio del Toro is Lawrence Talbot, an English thespian of some aristocratic lineage, and The Wolfman of the film’s title. Lawrence returns to his father’s home after his brother Ben goes missing.

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The Drums

The Drums

Downtown

Jul 02, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Summertime and escapism were the themes that pervaded The Drums’ debut EP Summertime! The sweet rush of “Saddest Summer” and their U.K. hit “Let’s Go Surfing” were evocative of innocent summers long gone, rife with lithe melodies and blithe handclaps.

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Jul 01, 2010 Music Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti

A notoriously rudimentary, inchoate home recorder, Ariel Pink has crafted some great pop songs over the course of a litany of obscure album releases. Sadly, they’ve largely been gems obfuscated in grime, their lo-fidelity a disservice to the brilliant melodic instincts at their core.

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Jun 30, 2010 Music Issue #31 - Spring 2010 - Joanna Newsom

Recorded live in the empty Georgia Theatre on only two microphones over the course of four days in May of 2008, and with no editing or post production magic, Sand & Lines: The Georgia Theatre Sessions gives listeners the feeling of their own private concert from the totally underrated Venice is Sinking.

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Jun 29, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

When The Roots signed on to be the house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, it promised to be the first domino to fall in the famously accomplished band’s evolution from hyper-competent musical innovators to near-ubiquitous NPR-friendly hip-hop stars.

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Jun 28, 2010 Live Goldfrapp

The annual KCRW World Festival had its second 2010 event at the Hollywood Bowl last night and it was an eclectic mix music from around the world. Without any sort of introduction, Oakland’s Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs) walked onto the stage and suddenly started yodeling and playing a ukulele. She then looped her voice using a digital voice recorder, added drums to the mix and became a one-woman music machine.

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Shutter Island Blu-ray/DVD

Studio: Paramount

Jun 28, 2010 DVDs Web Exclusive

A lot of the backlash against Shutter Island isn’t so much targeted at the direction, the performances, the cinematography or even the source material, it just had the bad luck of being Martin Scorsese’s first narrative feature after winning the Oscar for directing The Departed (even though he should have won for Goodfellas).

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