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Sep 10, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Let’s get something out of the way at the start. Rose Elinor Dougall used to be in The Pipettes, dressing in polka-dotted outfits and singing ‘60s girl group-like pop songs with two similarly outfitted young ladies, bopping in choreographed splendor. Without Why sounds absolutely nothing like The Pipettes.

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Sep 09, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Music as intensely intimate and cathartic as Perfume Genius’ begs for close inspection, as quirks that stave off solipsism tend to reveal themselves over repeated spins. Unfortunately, on Learningthe bedroom-recorded debut from Mike Hadreasfurther listening amplifies a lack of songwriting prowess to support the emotional trauma that makes up the heart of the album.

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Sep 08, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

There’s something definitively ‘80s about Ra Ra Riot. Upon first listen, it seems as though it may be the singing of Wes Miles, with his airy, ecstatic squeals. Of course, there are the sudden flashes of keyboards to help the mood along.

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Sep 07, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

It has certainly been a prolific three years for Eels’ Mark Oliver Everett. His moving autobiography Things the Grandchildren Should Know was published in 2007, while the award-winning documentary Parallel Worlds, Parallel Lives saw Everett explore the life of his renowned quantum physicist father Hugh Everett III. Tomorrow Morning is his ninth studio album, the final part of a trilogy begun with Hombre Loco and End Times.

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Sep 03, 2010 Music Issue #32 - Summer 2010 - Wasted on the Youth

Who would have thought that the ‘60s pairing of Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra would have such an impact on like-minded male/female pop duos several decades later? Zooey Deschanel and M. Ward are doing a bang-up job with She & Him; Scarlett Johansson and Pete Yorn have thrown their hat into the ring with Break Up; and Mark Lanegan’s work with Isobel Campbell has already produced three full-lengths.

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Sep 02, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

You’re strolling through your local independent record store when you stumble upon the latest Telekinesis release. “Oh, cool,” you say to yourself, “a new EP.” The latest Telekinesis EP is a lot of things, but “new” isn’t one of them.

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The Books

The Way Out

Temporary Residence

Sep 01, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

The old saying goes that “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” When it comes to discarded audio, The Books might argue that there’s no such thing as trash.

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Aug 31, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

Laurie Anderson has a gift for creating evocative recordings. Her multi-media live performances may have the benefit of added visuals but the storytelling aspect of Anderson’s albums can just as easily draw a listener out of a purely aural experience.

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Janelle Monáe

The ArchAndroid

Bad Boy/Wondaland Arts Society/Atlantic

Aug 30, 2010 Music Web Exclusive

With overlong, filler-stuffed CDs hitting the market regularly by all manner of artists, the fact that Janelle Monáe presents a double-length disc that’s engaging and memorable from start to finish is creditable in itself. Considering how, on this debut long-player, Monáe audaciously skates freely across genres and sounds great wearing every hat she tries on, she’s practically in a class of her own at only age 24.

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