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New Music: The National

By Thomas Johnson, September 15 2017 — Since their days as a middling quintet amid the New York garage rock boom that blossomed with The Strokes and Interpol, The National have been steadfast in their consistency. They’re like comfort food — chicken soup for the iPod. A progression exists with each album, but you generally…

New Music: Open Mike Eagle

By Thomas Johnson, October 10 2017 — Los Angeles artist Open Mike Eagle once coined the genre ‘art rap,’ a loose term used to classify the avant-garde, often challenging brand of hip-hop stemming from fringe beat scenes. The music generally revolves around eclectic and unorthodox production and dense lyricism. Eagle’s fifth effort, Brick Body Kids Still…

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