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Virginia native 93Feetofsmoke knows what’s alluring about Soundcloud rap—and shows he can break free of it on Bummer

I’m not sure who, if anyone, will end up filling the Lil Peep-size hole in rap, but there are an awful lot of white rappers cribbing from third-wave emo’s salad days who seem like they’d love to do just that. Tonight’s show features artists who’ve made a home in similar frameworks as Peep, though such […]

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Folk rock pioneer Richard Thompson sings more about mortality and loss

Fifty years have passed since Fairport Convention released their self-titled first album, a charmingly eclectic mishmosh of earnest pop tunes and American singer-songwriter covers enlivened by an astonishingly dexterous teenage guitarist named Richard Thompson. Over the next few years, Fairport evolved into the flagship band of English folk rock, and their guitarist forged his disparate […]

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Mexican black metal progenitors Xibalba Itzaes explore indigenous traditions and mysticism on Ah Tza Xibalba Itzaes

Mexico City black-metal band Xibalba Itzaes started out in the early 90s. The word xibalba means “the place of fear,” or the underworld, in Mayan culture, and like their contemporaries Brujeria, they take occult cosmology of traditional Mexican magic as their foundation, but they also delve deep into indigenous spiritual history. Xibalba Itzaes released one […]