Alibi V.22 No.12 • March 21-27, 2013 
Kool Keith

Music to Your Ears

Get your horrorcore/pornocore, classical violin, Zimbabwean spirituals and Girl Fight on with a little help from Music to Your Ears.
Billy Bragg

Aural Fixation

Bragging Rites

Tooth & Nail proves more personal than political

Performance artist, musician and zinester Marya Errin Jones meditates on Billy Bragg’s new album, Tooth & Nail.
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Sonic Reducer

David Bowie The Next Day · Kopecky Family Band Kids Raising Kids · Youth Lagoon Wondrous Bughouse

This week, we listened to new releases from Kopecky Family Band, David Bowie and Youth Lagoon.
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Their Kindness is Charade

Crystal Castles • electropunk, synth pop, witch house

Remember the thing called Witch House? How about darkwave? The constant bifurcation of artistic paths in the field of electronic music can be damnably confusing and irritating, as well as rewarding and helluva lot of fun too—as long as you pick the right band. When adherents of these sorts of genres aren't busy sorting their rainbow-colored toe socks and looking for tubes of Vick's Vaporub to snatch up at the local Walmart, then it's a pretty fair bet that they are listening to the likes of Crystal Castles, a duo of Canuck electro-arhats …
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Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

Here's a brief on a band with three names, but unlike Eliot's bunch, these dudes are not a coterie of cats. At home across the pond, they're known as the Beat. In the land down under, kindly refer to them as the British Beat. Here in 'Merica, we call them the English Beat. But no matter what you call them, this estimable ensemble that still includes founder and guitarist Dave Wakeling—but not vocalist Ranking Roger—was partially responsible for the upsurge in popularity that two-tone ska saw on both sides of the Atlantic during the '80s and '90s. …
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