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Warpaint doesn't care what you think. Over the course of 12-plus years, the Los Angeles quartet has worked to refine their genre-busting brand of moody, atmospheric rock without a care for much outside of their own creative impulses. more

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YG embraced the opportunity to be mentioned in the same breath with Lamar. But Lamar’s shadow looms large over rap these days, and the 26-year-old YG also isn’t getting enough credit for his skills, his vision and his valor. more

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With Magma currently touring again in the U.S., the time felt right to revisit some of their greatest works, and to offer up a five-song introduction to their broad musical palette and vast array of sounds. more

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Yo La Tengo just might be the best cover band in America. There’s just one catch: They’re not actually a cover band. For 31 years, the Hoboken, New Jersey, band has been steadily amassing a sizable catalog of wonderfully fuzzy indie rock. more

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At its best, metal can provide a form of escapism that few other musical genres can. There's an inherently cathartic aspect to music played loud, fast and heavy. more

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Funk lives on, generations after its renaissance in the '60s and '70s, and few artists have done more in recent years to keep that pocket deep than Los Angeles musician Damon Riddick, better known as Dâm-Funk. more

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Damien Jurado is a merciless creator more

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