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Monday, March 12, 2012

March 10, 2012

Until recently, Young Money's most successful rappers have been outsized personalities, ceaseless showmen who flood every verse with their eccentricities and individualism. The camp's latest star, by comparison, is something of a non-presen...
Monday, Nov. 14, 2011

Nov. 11, 2011

Isn't it enough that Paul Simon, after nearly 50 years of writing some of contemporary music's most compelling songs, is considered a spokesman for his generation? At age 70, does he have to put on one of the best concerts as well? Friday's packed Ri...
Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011

Sept. 21, 2011

It was bound to happen eventually: After a decade as one of indie-rock's most consistent—and sometimes most transcendent—bands, Okkervil River has released a bad record. This year's I Am Very Far...
Monday, July 25, 2011

July 22, 2011

Bon Iver launched its latest tour Friday night, playing the first of two sold-out shows at the Riverside Theater, but not before a representative of the city read a statement from Mayor Tom Barrett proclaiming July 22 Bon Iver Day. That singer-songwr...
Friday, April 22, 2011

April 21, 2011

Though swagger and outsized charisma never go out of style, lyrical prowess seems to have a shifting value in the rap world. It's strange, of course, considering that the MC has always been the focus
Monday, March 29, 2010

March 25, 2010

After a dozen years touring together, twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin’s stage banter has taken on the air of a Smothers Brothers routine, with each sister dryly playing the straight man during the other’s turn to talk. At their perform...
Tuesday, April 6, 2010

April 5, 2010

Wye Oak’s 2009 album The Knot is caked with textural detail, a homespun tapestry patterned piecemeal around strings, horns, melodicas and keyboards. Wye Oak’s live show isn't. The Baltimore indie-rock duo recognizes the impossibility of b...
Wednesday, March 24, 2010

March 23, 2010

It’s an oddly confrontational image, the vintage portrait of a Polo-clad, pretty young woman with an ambiguous, perhaps vacant stare and lavishly coiffed hair that adorns the cover of Vampire Weekend’s latest album, Contra. “It&rs...
08.10.2009 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Were the seeds of a potential Animal Collective backlash sewn at the band's ambient Saturday evening Lollapalooza set? I like the band well enough, but I found the half hour I caught fairly insufferable. Other critics concur, even ones unabashed about their Animal Collective fandom. The Chicago Tribune called their set "heavy on repetitive beats and monotonous keyboard noodling. Wh...

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