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Lady Gaga: BORN THIS WAY

Lady Gaga’s claims of classic rock and art school roots have been criticized as “all talk.” Many still see her as another pop star who has lost her marbles. In response, her sophomore LP has traded double entendres and bubble gum club beats for Madonna-inspired anthems and a venture into
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The Antlers: BURST APART

The soft, crooning melodies present in the Antlers’ sophomore work Burst Apart may at first evoke lullabies and ballads, but Brooklyn-based band has produced an album that is far from tranquil. Both ethereal and haunting, Burst Apart is distinct and just as enjoyable as their debut concept album Hospice. Deceptively
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Ben Harper: GIVE TILL IT’S GONE

As the open-ended summer adventures begin – the kind involving late-night road-trips and crackling campfires – Ben Harper’s Give Till It’s Gone provides a crisp soundtrack for those sunset shenanigans. His first solo album in five years, Give Till It’s Gone continues Harper’s harmonious blend of  funk lines, flowing jam-rock
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Tinie Tempah: DISC-OVERY

British rapper Tinie Tempah (real name: Patrick Okogwu) definitely looks the part of a hip-hop superstar. He rocks the dark-shade swagger of a Jay-Z, has the innovative lyrical flow of a Kanye West, but also exudes the nerd chic of a Lupe Fiasco. He’s all these things rolled into one
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Fleet foxes concert at Fox theater, with the cave singers as opener

Fleet Foxes bring a flawless intimacy to the Fox Theater

Nature has never sounded so exciting as when Fleet Foxes delighted fans at the Fox Theater with their elegant, aural depictions of blue-ridged mountains and nostalgic rivers. Frenzied but at-ease, the Seattle-based sextet was the perfect picture of harmonious dichotomy, filling the air with a complex arrangement of instruments while
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After outstanding year, Stone Foxes look to Outside Lands

One of the best parts of attending San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music and Arts Festival is discovering up-and-coming bands. This summer, the Stone Foxes will exchange confined clubs for the open fields of the festival, as they entice crowds with twangy riffs and ’60s and ’70s crunch. The promising Bay
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