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Four Up

Six degrees of nü-folk, mercury rising, all that jazz and rocking the cat’s cradle

By Samantha Anne Carrillo
Whatever your sonic pleasure—nü-folk, jazz fusion, psychedelic gospel-funk, bhangra-funk, bluegrass, gypsy jazz, traditional New Orleans brass band, witch house or booty bass noise—scope Four Up to make a date with live music.
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Get Lit

By Samantha Anne Carrillo
Get Lit takes on Louder Than Hell: The Definitive Oral History of Metal, Moondog: The Viking of 6th Avenue and Facing the Other Way: The Story of 4AD.

Sonic Reducer

Soltero Best Hits · Anna von Hausswolff Ceremony · Soft Metals Lenses

This week, we listened to new and forthcoming releases from Soltero, Anna von Hausswolff and Soft Metals.
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Special Beat Service

The English Beat • ska

By August March
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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