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The Treatment

Friday 18 DETHOLZ! Notwithstanding their weakness for cheese-pop covers (“Sussudio,” “What’s Love Got to Do With It”), these locals’ nerdy, fidgety, aggressively busy new-wave rock is full of original ideas, and I doubt they’ll run out of new ones anytime soon. It’s tempting to chalk up their weirdness to their Bible-school roots, but as far […]

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Local Release Roundup

JAY BENNETT The Magnificent Defeat | Rykodisc The belated final installment in a trilogy of solo discs by the former Wilco lieutenant follows a rough patch for Bennett, which has included a split with his longtime label and management. He’s been obsessively cobbling together the songs on The Magnificent Defeat for years–pity poor mixer Jonathan […]

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Dirty Pretty Things

Carl Barat doesn’t have a prayer of getting more press than his old Libertines bandmate Pete Doherty, which makes it easy to overlook his new combo, the Dirty Pretty Things. The group includes two other ex-Libertines, drummer Gary Powell and guitarist Anthony Rossomando, so maybe it’s no surprise that its debut, Waterloo to Anywhere (Interscope), […]

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Lil’ Ed & the Blues Imperials

An exuberant guitar player and nephew of Chicago slide master J.B. Hutto, Lil’ Ed Williams has churned out a host of party-blues discs for Alligator Records since the mid-80s. Rattleshake, the sixth and latest album he’s recorded with his Blues Imperials, isn’t as uniformly excellent as their best album, 1999’s Get Wild!, but it gets […]

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The Reader’s Guide to the Pitchfork Music Festival

This summer’s festival schedule started with the frisson of a behind-the-scenes flap: Most of the credit for the success of last year’s inaugural Intonation Music Festival went to its curators at Pitchfork Media, not to organizer Mike Reed and the events-planning and publicity company Skyline Chicago, who got the whole thing off the ground. So […]

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Human Television, Bound Stems

On their first two EPs, 2003’s Orange and 2004’s All Songs Written By, HUMAN TELEVISION displayed enough frenetic, trip-and-be-trampled pop-hook zeal to run neck and neck with the Wedding Present circa George Best. Now the Philly-by-way-of-Florida quartet has rolled out their first full-length, Look at Who You’re Talking To (Gigantic Music), and while the songs […]

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Jolie Holland

There are plenty of reasons not to expect much from Jolie Holland. She’s a refugee from a vastly overrated twang-folk outfit (the Be Good Tanyas), lacks the standout pipes and come-hither charm of fellow roots-pop sirens Jenny Lewis and Neko Case, and her stage presence can best be summed up as aloof. Yet the three […]