ArtNikels

Local indie rock band Art Nikels releases new EP

Swirling clouds of mystery surround the fuzzy, unearthly sounds of Berkeley band Art Nikels’ brand new EP, Primitives. This local psychedelic indie-rock band is notable not only for its dreamy, eerie style but also for its mysterious benefactor and musical contributor, whom the band has never met — a man
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pink

Pink Floyd goes out with a soft whisper

The end of the reign of Pink Floyd has come upon us, and it’s arrived in the form of The Endless River. Assembled from 20 hours of material recorded during the band’s 1993 session for The Division Bell, The Endless River samples short instrumentals from the likes of Richard Wright
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SBTRKT

SBTRKT’s latest strays too far from previous style

Rewind to 2011. SBTRKT dropped his self-named debut album and scaled to success with distinctive singles “Wildfire,” featuring Little Dragon’s Yukimi Nagano, and “Hold On,” featuring soulful vocalist Sampha. The album boomed with its tasteful balance of nimble rhythms and avant-garde vocalists, pushing Aaron Jerome into the mainstream spotlight for
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you'redead

FlyLo’s latest a matter of life and death

When an artist such as Flying Lotus warns Rolling Stone that his new album might “mess up the game a little bit,” fans are wise to take notice. In the eight years since his debut, FlyLo has progressed from a jagged, minimalistic blend of trip-hop to something more layered and
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julian

Julian Casablancas transforms sound with the Voidz

“This is not for everybody, this is for nobody,” warbles Julian Casablancas on “Take Me in Your Army,” the opening track of Tyranny, which is the debut album from Strokes’ frontman Casablancas’ side project, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz. This honest warning — or rather, declaration — seems to hold
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gaga

Sparks fly with Gaga and Bennett’s ‘Cheek to Cheek’

More often than not, a similar response is elicited when a big name in music releases a crossover or cover album: “Why?!” There’s always the notion of self-indulgence, like when an artist’s fanboy admiration for another’s work simply cannot be contained within their own back catalogue — see The Flaming
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