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This writer’s recent favorite music-related book is “Lexicon of Musical Invective”, a collection of hilariously scathing (and sometimes misguided) contemporaneous reviews of 19th and 20th century classical music. It was compiled by Nicolas ... Read more

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Those who experienced the local Jamaican restaurant Mrs. B’s Reggae Cafe—run by the husband/wife team of Neville and Marilyn Forsythe and named after Marilyn’s late mother Frances Brown—knew it as an oasis of Caribbean escapism, offering ... Read more

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The new perennial chestnut “Guys, guys, listen, Die Hard is a Christmas movie!” awakes from its hibernation every December to appear on social media, seemingly heralded as a Nobel Prize-worthy revelation and discovery. Despite centering on Santa ... Read more

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The electronic methods used on Wobbly’s new album Monitress remind this critic of the “telephone” party game, where a person whispers a phrase to another person who repeats the phrase to another person until the last person says it aloud; usually ... Read more

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This writer doesn’t envy those on symphony boards with the challenging task and eternal struggle of attracting new generations of listeners in the realm of classical music. One would hope enjoyment and appreciation come from a persuasive stoking ... Read more

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The new album from COIMS, released on cassette on the Public Eyesore imprint Eh?, is the sound of getting lost in time and space and not feeling particularly concerned. The Bristol, U.K. duo has used the words “eco” and “primitive” to describe ... Read more

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After decades, bassist Mike Watt—best known as a member of the legendary '80s punk group Minutemen—seems to be busier than ever in 2019. In this year, he toured Europe over the summer as the bassist for Flipper, had a fall tour with his ... Read more

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About her 1974 electronic piece “Adnos”, musician and composer Éliane Radigue wrote, “Moving stones around in the river bed does not affect the stream, but alters the fluid shape.” To this writer, two things stand out about that sentence: 1) That ... Read more

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“I can always work out the very worst concept and make it worser.” So said Fred Lane, the notorious “stripmine crooner”, via email, when asked if he ever thought of a song idea that went too far. Depicted sporting a suit jacket, boxer shorts ... Read more

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The Swedish quartet Tonbruket has apparently won four Swedish Grammy awards in the jazz category for previous albums, but this writer believes that’s because they probably don’t have a “none of the above” category. Read more

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This writer remembers first trying to describe Andreas Dorau, and the best he could come up with at the time was if an adult version of the annoyingly voiced egghead Urkel, from the '90s TV show “Family Matters”, was a German dance-pop star. It ... Read more

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The Oxford Dictionary appropriately named “post-truth” the “Word of the Year” in 2016; while personal beliefs and emotions have interfered with facts and rationality for the entirety of human history, this phenomenon has become more magnified in ... Read more

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There are several different levels on which to appreciate the Chattanooga quartet Lacing’s second album, Without, and as the listener becomes more familiar with it, they may find ways to connect with it that may be entirely unexpected. It’s a ... Read more

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One phrase that reverberates throughout the debut album Ancient Warnings and accompanying zine from the Chattanooga punk band Listening Skulls is “Ancient voices sing warnings we don’t understand,” reminiscent of the quote “Those who don’t know ... Read more

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Many rock albums feature an opening salvo—a burst of figurative gun shots, in the form of several high-energy songs, often the album’s best songs, to start things off and grab the listener’s attention. When it comes to Lightning Bolt’s new album ... Read more

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Disco Demolition Night, 40 years ago, was the symbolic peak of the “Disco sucks!” sentiment, where attendees at a baseball doubleheader received discounted admission for bringing in a disco record, to be exploded during a between-game ceremony. Read more

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Do you think you might be a stick in the mud? Do you hate fun? Well, this writer has a litmus test for you—give a listen to Run Around the Sun, the second album from the Glasgow, Scotland duo Sacred Paws, which is also one of the most flat-out ... Read more

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After launching last fall with the release of Telemonster’s album Introspecter, Chattanooga’s Yellow Racket Records has maintained its creative momentum with two digital singles. First comes the lush strum-pop of “Half the Day” from El Rocko ... Read more

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Underground rock/punk/hardcore fans will recognize the rhythm section of the instrumental Washington, D.C. trio The Messthetics—drummer Brendan Canty and bassist Joe Lally—as that of the legendary D.I.Y. band Fugazi; however, out in front, in the ... Read more

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The career of the Colorado-based group Biota has many extraordinary moments that are compelling, dense, and strange, while bearing a certain sonic lush elegance, even when things get muddled and complicated. Using acoustic source material and ... Read more

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Ben Frost warps genres, The Soundcarriers are minty fresh Read more

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