Los Campesinos!: Hello Sadness

Despite a penchant for ironic melancholy, British indie-pop group Los Campesinos! are typically bright and buoyant, their sprightly sound belying dejected lyrics about romantic insecurity. But in their fourth LP, Hello Sadness, the band greet sadness full on, and their music suffers for it. The record retains their dreadful lyrics,
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Childish Gambino: Camp

Childish Gambino has traded in the Jesus piece for short-shorts and Top-Siders, and he’s ruthlessly unapologetic about it. Many know Donald Glover, the writer-actor-comedian and once-upon-a-time front-runner to play Spider-Man. Others know him as Troy from NBC’s “Community,” but some may still be in the dark on his other-other name,
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Kurt Vile: So Outta Reach

It’s easy to stereotype Kurt Vile as just another psych-rock dude who loves reverb, smokes weed and has a propensity for using the word “yeah.” Accented by backing band The Violators, whose members’ long brown locks evoke an Addams Family vibe, Vile certainly looks the part of the shiftless, folk-influenced
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Atlas Sound: Parallax

In an age of endless touring and interviewing and Tweeting, Bradford Cox — the indie wonder-boy behind solo project Atlas Sound — has developed an enigmatic persona that’s both distant and within reach; he gives few interviews, but will drop demos, thoughts and entire albums on his blog. He allows
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David Lynch: Crazy Clown Time

Regardless of the medium he works in, David Lynch has a penchant for twisting kitsch into the weirdest shit you’ve ever seen. In his celebrated surrealist films, such as “Mulholland Drive” and “Blue Velvet,” tired storylines and familiar characters go through the fractured filter of the director’s mind. Cliches reemerge
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Piano Man

If the worlds of classical music and sports stardom were to collide, one can say that Lang Lang is the pianist version of Tiger Woods or Roger Federer. Renowned for imbuing classical piano with gymnastic dynamism, Lang Lang’s dazzling virtuosity has earned him the spotlight (including The TIME 100 Most
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Moon Duo: Horror Tour

Moon Duo didn’t have to make a Halloween EP for them to sound like Halloween. Formed in San Francisco in 2008 by Wooden Shjips guitarist Ripley Johnson and keyboardist Sanae Yamada, Moon Duo has consistently created catchy keyboard patterns, drum beats and fuzzy guitar riffs that drag listeners through their
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She & Him: A Very She & Him Christmas

It’s never too early for Christmas music. At least, it certainly isn’t for She & Him, who released their new album, AA Very She & Him Christmas, on October 25th. And though the Yuletide is still two months away, this record is sure to put listeners in the mood. Soft,
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Jedi Mind Tricks: Violence Begets Violence

While the spoken-word opener could suggest that Jedi Mind Tricks’s latest album might continue the group’s previous style, Violence Begets Violence is a far cry from the former JMT that spoke of figures like Gandhi. Perhaps it’s the lack of founding producer/D.J. Stoupe, or maybe M.C.s Vinnie Paz and Jus
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Tom Waits Album Review

Tom Waits: Bad As Me

For those who have not heard Tom Waits’s voice, it’s basically audibly analogous to a wailing ghoul eating gravel topped off with some hot fudge syrup. That’s to say: It’s unique, intriguing and wholly entertaining. Back with Bad As Me, his first album of entirely new material in seven years,
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