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Ballad of Marianne Dissard

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By Kimberly Chun

Champs Elysees cool cuddles up with dustbowl derring-do: it's an unlikely union but it works beautifully on M Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: Vivian Girls, Ghost, Spinal Tap, How to Destroy the Universe, and more

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Take the wheel: Vivian Girls' "Tell the World."

How to destroy a weekend - or, for that matter, a weeknight? Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: Silversun Pickups, Bloc Party, Atmosphere, Kylesa, free shows, and so much more

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Handsome Furs find a chilled passion amid airports, hotel rooms in 'Face Control'

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HANDSOME FURS
Face Control
(Sub Pop)

By Kimberly Chun

Suicide-al synths haunt Handsome FursFace Control like a spectral presence, humming almost inaudibly in the background of empty airport lounges, digital fingerprints barely visible in the tour snaps of cigarette burn holes and morning-afters. Read more »

Leonard Cohen skips, sings, outlasts his audience at the Paramount

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02, you too: A still from Live in London.

By Kimberly Chun

O to be as spry and energetic at 74: Leonard Cohen launched his three-performance stand at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland last night, April 13, with an approximately three-hour concert that had the audience chuckling with amazement when the singer-songwriter came back for a fourth encore. Read more »

Happy Easter, 'jaded hipster owls' - and cute-backlash blog Fuck You Penguin

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Crankies, start revving up your book deals. I have a new love (oh, I know, it's been around since 2008 but I was busy working back then): the cute animal-loathing, curmudgeonly Fuck You, Penguin blog.

I'm especially happy about the fact that the FUP has moved on from simply adorable critters and misbehaving pets to mythical creatures and figments of our imagination like unicorns and Bigfoot. Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: Brit, Devendra, Japanther, Fleet Foxes, and more

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Brooklyn cheer: Japanther's "Challenge."

"Rising above the smoke and debris" - yes, we can. More to do, see, and hear... Read more »

Talk Normal unearths the secret world of 'Cog'

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TALK NORMAL
Secret Cog
(self-released)

Call it no wave, noise, avant-skrock, or simply the harsh, grinding sound of the daughters of Mars and DNA writhing on their guitar necks and drum sticks beneath the light of a fiercely perturbed Venus. Read more »

Watch it: Peeping at 'Alien Trespass,' chatting up filmmaker R.W. Goodwin

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A blast from a kinder, gentler past - complete with a whopping penile-shaped alien monster with a unnervingly large eyeball. Read more »