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Wednesday, March 9th


We Will Rock You: Untitled / Unedited / Unmastered / Unfuckwithable


A collection of demos? Nah. Kendrick’s album might have had its roots in that, but has become something much rarer: a genuine masterpiece.




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Wednesday, February 24th


We Will Rock You: Every Month Is Black History Month feat. BJ The Chicago Kid, Lion Babe, Adrian Younge


Our local Black-History-Month-Celebratin’ radio station might not be playing ’em, but this trio of new releases by black artists proves that black current is just as awesome as black history, thank you very much.




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Wednesday, February 3rd


We Will Rock You: I Listen To The Top 20 So You Don’t Have to Vol. 12: The YouTubenning


Oh hey! It’s that time again — time for me to agonizingly churn through the iTunes Top 20 and see if there’s any gold. This week? Not really, but there sure are plenty of cute white YouTubers.




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Wednesday, January 20th


Review Roundup feat. Anderson .Paak, The Last Conspirators, Witchcraft


A selection of nifty reviews from this post-Bowie-death week, including a masterpiece from Anderson .Paak, a nifty punk salvo from the Last Conspirators and a metal slab from Sweden’s Witchcraft.




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Wednesday, January 6th


We Will Rock You: Local Review Roundup feat. Moors Blackmon, Fury Things, Pasadena ’68/Dakota Shakedown


A trio of local reviews this week — playing catchup with recent albums by Fury Things and Pasadena ’68/Dakota Shakedown, plus looking to the future (the intense future) with Moors Blackmon.




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Wednesday, December 16th


We Will Rock You: Holy Shit, Another Great Prince Record


ANOTHER good Prince record? So soon after his last one back in October 2014? Uh huh. And make no mistake, this one might even better that one. It’s good. Like really, really good. Find out how.




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Wednesday, November 18th


We Will Rock You: Greycoats Create A God-Damn Masterpiece


BOOM, here it is — best local album of the year, a masterpiece from Greycoats coming along near the end of the year. I’d hoped they had it in ’em, and sure enough, they did. You need this now.




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Wednesday, November 11th


We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. ELO, Deleter, Dan Israel


A trio of nifty reviews from here and elsewhere, folks, featuring the latest by 70s stalwarts ELO, an open letter to Jim McGuinn at the Current regarding awesome local band Deleter, and a review of Dan Israel’s most excellent album simply titled “Dan.”




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Wednesday, October 21st


We Will Rock You: Ten (more) Great New Metal Albums


The killer metal albums keep a-comin’ — here are ten more that came out just in the last couple of months. The genre continues to resurge, we continue to cover it.




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Wednesday, October 14th


We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. The Zombies, The Pretty Things and Katy Vernon


Three great damn albums reviewed this week, including two by original-wave British Invasioners the Zombies and the Pretty Things, plus a delightful and very ambitious album by Katy Vernon.




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Wednesday, September 23rd


We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. Ryan Adams, New Order, Horisont


Look folks. I know you’re sick of think pieces about Ryan Adams 1989. So i wrote a NON-THINK-PIECE about it for you. You’re welcome. Also: reviews of the new New Order and the new album by Horisont.




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Wednesday, September 16th


We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. Sarah Morris and Duran Duran


This week: one great local album, a brilliant country-tinged work of considerable brilliance from Sarah Morris, and one — er, quite mixed album from New Romantic gods Duran Duran.




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Wednesday, September 9th


We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. Prince and Iron Maiden


This week’s We Will Rock You: a pair of reviews, featuring Prince’s latest LP and the new album by metal stalwarts Iron Maiden.




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Wednesday, September 2nd


We Will Rock You: Miley Cyrus’ New Record Is Fucking Great


Holy cow: after the nadir in music that was “Bangerz,” how is it possible that Miley Cyrus released a psychedelic gem that’s not only quite beautiful but also quite remarkable? The weirdest album ever released by a mainstream artist? We think so.




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Thursday, August 27th


We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. The Weeknd, Dark Pony, Ghost


A trio of reviews, including the latest R&B masterpiece in a year full of ’em by the Weeknd, a great power-pop album by local Jon Herchert aka Dark Pony, and an album by Ghost which proves that there’s some life in the ol’ “costumed entity” schtick.




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Wednesday, August 12th


We Will Rock You: Local Review Roundup feat. Glean, L’Assassins, Oaks, Counterfactuals


A couple of local albums and a couple of local singles this week, including a tremendously amazing single from super-underrated, should-be-queens-of-the-scene trash-punk band L’Assassins. I love them. Can you tell?




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Wednesday, July 15th


We Will Rock You: The Rise (or, re-rise) Of Traditional Metal


Today’s metal subgenre (a follow-up to my metal article a couple weeks ago): Traditional metal. Basically: back to the basics, here; three killer albums that remind you of your Maiden records of yore, all barbarians and steel and killer guitar riffs.




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Wednesday, July 8th


We Will Rock You: Tame Impala Rules Your Entire Life


You guys. THIS ALBUM.




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Wednesday, July 1st


We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. Miguel, Bilal, Leon Bridges and Terry Eason


This week, a trio — TRIO — of damn brilliant, masterpiece R&B records, continuing that genre’s unbeatable winning streak. Plus a killer power-pop album by Terry Eason that’ll have you longing for that genre’s mid-90s heyday (think: Velvet Crush). Killer.




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Wednesday, May 27th


We Will Rock You: Reviews A-Poppin’ feat. Whitey Morgan, A$AP Rocky


Two great summer albums for ya — the magnificently authentic outlaw country of Whitey Morgan and the 78s (seriously, cannot be beat) and the deeply trippy, acid-drenched hip-hop of A$AP Rocky, which sees the afro-futuristic underground coming into the mainstream in a big way.




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Wednesday, May 20th


We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. Monophonics, Strange Names, Belfast Cowboys


A fine selection of albums this week, folks, including the Monophonics’ The Sound of Sinning (which we’re calling the #2 album of the year so far!), the first album by Minneapolis synth-poppers Strange Names, and a killer album by scene vets Belfast Cowboys.




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Wednesday, May 6th


We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. Kamasi Washington, Van Hunt, The Orange Peels


Three absolute knock-out records this week. Kamasi Washington’s The Epic is easily and handily the best record of the year so far and manages to resurrect a dead genre, while Van Hunt’s album is awesome funk. And the Orange Peels? The only summer car record you might need.




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Wednesday, April 22nd


We Will Rock You: Two More Reviews feat. The Alabama Shakes and the April Fools


A couple more reviews this week (the albums are coming fast and furious) — this time a knockout new album from the Alabama Shakes and an album by local band The April Fools that will bring to mind the best singer-songwriter album from 1978 that you’ve never heard.




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Wednesday, April 1st


We Will Rock You: Local Single/EP Roundup


In which I tackle great local singles and EPs I’ve had the pleasure of hearing this week via Venus DeMars, Katy Vernon and newcomers Candid Kid.




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Wednesday, March 18th


We Will Rock You: Kendrick Lamar’s Astonishing “Butterfly”


Kendrick’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” is the latest salvo in a two-or-three-year run of ever-better hip-hop albums, personal and experimental and amazing. We call it the genre’s “Revolver.” After you hear it, we dare you to disagree.




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Wednesday, March 11th


We Will Rock You: Review Round-Up feat. Al Church and Noel Gallagher


This week: the best local album so far this year (okay, it’s only March, but still) — Al Church’s amazing “Next Summer,” plus another Noel Gallagher record that sounds like Noel Gallagher (but that’s okay).




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Wednesday, February 25th


We Will Rock You: Hooray, Another Late-Career Brian Wilson Triumph!


People keep expecting Brian Wilson to fail. And on paper, an album featuring Zooey Deschanel and Nate Reuss duets sounds like a terrible idea. But it should really be no surprise: No Pier Pressure, his latest, is just terrific.




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Wednesday, February 18th


We Will Rock You: Review Roundup feat. Father John Misty, Rumer, Hotelecaster


Oh, a few knockout albums for you this week, folks. I’m madly in love with the newest from UK singer/songwriter Rumer, I had to eat some tasty crow on the new Father John Misty and I’m delightfully surprised by the Television-ish grooves from local band Hotelecaster.




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Wednesday, January 21st


We Will Rock You: Review Round-Up feat. Belle and Sebastian, Mark Ronson


A couple start-of-the-year reviews from the first batch of new albums, including the newest by Belle and Sebastian and the fourth album by ├╝ber-producer Mark Ronson. 2015 is off and running, folks!




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Wednesday, December 10th


We Will Rock You: Four Hip-Hop Records That Will Blow Your Mind.


Four amazing hip-hop records, all released damn near the end of the year. Check out the latest from Ghostface Killah, supergroup Prhyme, superstar J. Cole and the southern-fried awesomeness of Big K.R.I.T. This is the real deal, folks, and you owe it to yourself to hear all four.




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