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The Dwarfs of East Agouza Are a Brilliant Blend of Funk and Free Jazz

The eccentrically-named Dwarfs of East Agouza were set up on the floor of a hip, dimly-lit downtown Cairo nightclub called Zigzag in October 2016. As young Egyptians drank beer and hung out, band members Sam Shalabi and Alan Bishop began conjuring up a rhythmic swirl of atonal guitar, feedback, and free jazz saxophone skronk. 1,431 more words

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Album of the Day: Lithics, “Mating Surfaces”

Mating Surfaces, the sophomore album from post-punk darlings Lithics, reveals the four-piece at the height of their powers. Jagged guitar riffs, dominant basslines, minimal drum beats, and affectless vocals work together to create a fresh take on classic post-punk à la Delta 5 or Gang of Four. 212 more words

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A Walk Through The Doppelgangaz’s Melodic, Static-Caked Hip-Hop

Since the release of The Ghastly Duo EP in 2008, the Doppelgangaz have been steadily building one of the most beguiling worlds in rap. Based in upstate New York—which they dub “Parts Unknown”—group members EP and Matter Ov Fact don full-length black cloaks as their sartorial calling card, and preach to a committed fanbase who call themselves the Shark Nation. 2,571 more words

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La Luz Balance Surf's Menace and Melody

Ever since they first appeared in 2012 with their lush combination of moody surf guitar and luminous girl group harmonies, La Luz have pushed the expressive possibilities of surf into ever more adventurous realms, with songwriting and arrangements that have grown increasingly sophisticated over time. 1,091 more words

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Peruvian Label Repsychled Unearths the Lost Hits of Psych Rock

In the late 1960s and early ‘70s, Peru was a hotbed of vital, thrilling new music. There were early mambo and cumbia singles, an array of Latin funk jams, and a thriving psychedelic rock scene. 775 more words

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Better Know a College Radio Station: Concordia University's CJLO

For many obsessive fans who grew up in the pre-Internet era, a passion for music was sparked in the dingy basements and dark booths of college radio stations. 1,516 more words

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Album of the Day: Prefuse 73, “Sacrifices”

Scott Herren has never been interested in silence. His work as Prefuse 73 is packed with ideas, overflowing with guest vocalists and innovative electronic techniques. Since leaving Warp Records in 2011 after… 278 more words

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