Posts by: Paul Barbatano

Sunset Rubdown

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It seems entirely unfair to label Sunset Rubdown a side project. The band, the brainchild of Wolf Parade co-founder Spencer Krug, began as a series of lo-fi recordings Krug produced and recorded by his lonesome and which then morphed into the highly-skilled, wildly-confident, incredibly tight unit it is today. The band’s latest is last week’s […]

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St. Vincent

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Annie Clark has yet to write a bad song. The strikingly beautiful (just check out either of her LP covers or do yourself an even bigger favor and go see her live) singer-songwriter began her career touring with the likes of The Polyphonic Spree and Sufjan Stevens before releasing 2007’s magisterial Marry Me (Beggar’s Banquet) […]

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Have you heard Richard Swift?

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Sometimes, it doesn’t take a whole lot to recognize talent. I stumbled across Richard Swift’s 2005 debut The Novelist/Walking Without Effort because the b/w cover of the double disc reminded me of an author photograph for one of those old Grove Press paperbacks, which I highly doubt was accidental. No song on the album clocks […]

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