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Critics rank their favorite albums of 2013

Is it really December already? But weren’t music critics just tweeting out links to their favorite albums of the half-year a few blinks ago? It seems that way, but, alas, here we are. With every December comes the avalanche of … Continue reading

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Paste’s 10 Wisconsin bands to hear

As part of Paste.com’s 50 states project, they’ve released their list of “10 Wisconsin Bands You Should Listen To Now.” A few of the selections are noteworthy, including Appleton-raised singer-songwriter Cory Chisel coming in at No. 2. At No. 10 … Continue reading

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Hear it: New song from Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails waved goodbye in 2009. Four years later, they’ve emerged from the great beyond (Academy Award in tow) with a new album, a run of festival and arena dates and, arriving today, the first new … Continue reading

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SPIN ranks its favorite albums of 2013 so far

Just by the time you’ve finished YouTubing all those songs by Frank Ocean, Japandroids and Tame Impala that critics were raving about at the end of 2012, the half-year lists for 2013 are dropping in front of your face. SPIN … Continue reading

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YouTube it: Coachella begins Friday

It still seems strange to say, but the first of two weekends of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival begins Friday in Indio, Calif. What for years was a one-weekend event will again be duplicated for two consecutive weekends, … Continue reading

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Favorite songs of 2012 (Part 2)

Last week I threw together a list of 10 of my favorite songs from the great music year that was 2012. Since there was so much good music released, I found it hard to settle on just those 10. Here’s … Continue reading

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Favorite songs of 2012 (Part 1)

I’m kind of a relic in that I’m much more of an album person than a song person. If I hear a song I like, I always do my best to check out the entire album from which it comes … Continue reading

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Rolling Stone, Spin release year-end albums lists

A year ago, pretty much only the avid followers of the hip-hop collective Odd Future knew who Frank Ocean was. Suddenly, one critically-adored “Channel Orange” later, the R&B crooner is gathering Grammy Award nominations left and right and topping (or … Continue reading

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Best of 2012 music lists start to arrive

With the arrival of December comes the onslaught of end-of-year lists. Whether it’s albums, songs, movies, TV shows, stories, athletes, moments or sports plays, people love to rank things. I can’t claim to be above it — I’ll be dishing … Continue reading

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Bon Iver drops iTunes Session album, Bjork cover

Sometime between playing main stage sets at some of the country’s biggest music festivals and curiously designing a shoe that features fish bone graphics, Bon Iver took the time to record an iTunes Sessions that is available today. The seven-song set includes six “Bon … Continue reading

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