Music

Regina Spektor

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While half-dozing on the couch recently, I faintly overheard Jay Leno introduce his night’s musical guest. Never heard of her.


Dirty Diversion

The Red Herrings do right by raw, loud punk-blues.
JIMMY FOWLER
The label “garage band” may have fallen out of fashion years ago, but that doesn’t mean rockers no longer practice the art.



Urizen

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Urizen is a local metal quartet, though “metal” may be too limited a word to describe exactly the kind of racket Urizen makes. Their music also has touches of jazz, Threepenny Opera, and pianistic lounge, among other stuff....


Jason Boland & the Stragglers

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Jason Boland & the Stragglers promote themselves as country outlaws, but if their new c.d. is any indication, they might be in a transition period.



The Burden Brothers

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No reason to describe this one in faux-poetic terms or edu-ma-cational journalism. The Burden Brothers’ new album Mercy rocks your backside about 75 percent of the time. As for that remaining 25 percent, you’ll be wondering...


The Damnwells

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The Damnwells have come a long way since recording their debut c.d., the stripped-down Bastards of the Beat, in a mini-storage unit in Manhattan. They produced their new album, Air Stereo, in a real studio, and it’s so clutte...



It’s Hip to Be Square

Hearsay
I love hipsters, I really do. I know I make fun of ‘em a lot, saying they’re too cool for school, that they’re way too predictable, and that they’re really just grown-up mama’s boys.


Red Scare

Local post-punk rockers deliver a master class in controlled chaos on their new, eponymous album.
CAROLINE COLLIER
The five guys in Red Monroe think of themselves primarily as a live act — they say that onstage is where their bombastic post-punk has room to breathe. But their studio work sure hasn’t suffered.



Nina Simone

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The very concept is a bit jarring: Take one of the most socially conscious, independent, folk-jazz, whatever-style-she-wanted-to-sing artists from the 1960s. Ask some of today’s top DJ’s, producers, and new voices to remix ...


Bonnie “Prince” Billy

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Multitalented artist Will Oldham has kept busy over the past couple of years.