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Donny Benét channels 80s influences with sly humor

Donny Benét cuts a memorable figure—he plays up a lothario image in his music and often wears a bright white or salmon pink blazer straight out of Miami Vice. The Australian multi-instrumentalist’s look is seemingly crafted for maximum “Is he serious or not?” confusion, especially since Benét’s chosen paradigm is sly synth-dominated 80s disco-pop with […]

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Cloud Rat’s experimental grindcore is just as potent slow as fast

On Cloud Rat’s October compilation Silk Panic, vocalist Madison Marshall howls, “Sister wolf eats the throat of the jester / Here to fucking perform.” That line might make a fitting mission statement for the Michigan grindcore band, who have been crafting surrealistic political punk-grind for almost a decade—taking the nightmarish lyricism of Pig Destroyer and […]

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Easy-listening legends Herb Alpert and Lani Hall share tunes from their decades-spanning careers

Among the many accomplishments of Herb Alpert—which include cofounding A&M Records, releasing 28 Billboard-charting albums (including five that reached number one), and being the only artist to top the Billboard Hot 100 as an instrumentalist and as a vocalist—the easy-listening legend has nine original sculptures on permanent display at the Field Museum. But that isn’t […]