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Crystal Fighters

Culture-devouring folk-pop

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Jun 6,2013 - Should you ever forget what’s hot in contemporary pop music, crank up Crystal Fighters’ “I Love London.” The track, which appears on Fighters’ 2010 full-length debut, Star of Love,

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Pro Wrestler Damien Sandow

WWE's Intellectual Savior of the Masses

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // May 20,2013 - Ordinarily, hearing a pompous, condescending, presumably overeducated man bloviate and self-promote doesn’t provide for engaging entertainment. Being able to experience Damien Sandow doing said bloviating

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FaltyDL

History with electronic music goes way back

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Apr 25,2013 - To get technical about it, Drew Lustman’s encounters with electronic music predate him having an age.

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Suicidal Tendencies

Back after a 13-year hiatus

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Apr 11,2013 - Dean Pleasants and Mike Muir’s relationship didn’t exactly have the most auspicious of beginnings. Sometime around the late 1980s, guitarist Pleasants and his pal/current Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo

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Tjutjuna

Psych-rockers keep feet on the ground

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Apr 4,2013 - Tjutjuna’s Twitter page contains a description of the band’s music that’s as succinct as it is accurate. “Loud space rock” reads one line, followed by a second that says “the future”

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Menomena

Portland indie-pop band bring back the fun

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Feb 28,2013 - Danny Seim, Justin Harris and Brent Knopf have shared a bathtub. They have also donned Boy Scout uniforms, fed a pug at the dinner table, happily staged intra-band murder via go-kart, and donned antlers and flannel

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Japandroids

Garage-punk band celebrates new album

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Nov 13,2012 - In late 2011, the Japandroids’ Brian King and David Prowse commemorated the completion of their latest full-length with dozens of firecrackers.

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Flying Lotus

Enigmatic electronica wanderer goes higher

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Oct 18,2012 - Steven Ellison hates Superman. “He has too many powers,” Ellison reasons, and it’s “fucked up” that the only thing that can actually kill the hero is a rock found on a foreign planet.

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Ariel Pink

Adding one more to Haunted Graffiti fold

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Sep 20,2012 - Ryeland Allison and Ariel Pink (born Rosenberg) first met around 2002, making each other’s acquaintance through mutual friends and sharing a stage at the now-defunct Los Angeles venue Spaceland.

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Lightning Bolt

They just can't, just won't stop

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Sep 6,2012 - Since then, Lightning Bolt's reputation as a preeminent live outfit has been their most attractive trait.
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