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Orthrelm, Voltage

I’m wary of putting a Critic’s Choice button on anything I write about ORTHRELM, for fear that someone will take that recommendation to mean I’m recommending them for everybody. There’s no middle ground with these guys–in my experience anyone who isn’t fascinated by this stuff finds it completely unendurable. Mick Barr (of the equally alien […]

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Bobby Conn & the Glass Gypsies, Baby Teeth

BOBBY CONN’s career doesn’t make much sense–except, perhaps, to Bobby Conn. Since the late 90s he’s routinely changed stage personas, transforming himself from an ex-con to a financial guru to a glammed-out conspiracy-obsessed Antichrist. When the world didn’t implode at the turn of the century like he predicted, he simply regrouped: now he’s an anti-Bush […]

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Decemberists, Okkervil River

I imagine that Colin Meloy was once the sort of arty, trench-coated high schooler his classmates wanted to either seduce or cram into a locker. His Portland-based indie-pop combo, the DECEMBERISTS, inspires a similar ambivalence: Meloy’s hyper-literary leanings often muck up an otherwise decent tune or engaging tale, and when he’s at his cloying, old-world-romantic […]