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Locals: Indie-punk trio Pretty Pretty navigates diverse conditions on Leather Weather

Leather Weather, the new seven-inch from scrappy indie-punk trio Pretty Pretty, opens amid ideal conditions — “Well the sun is shining through the blinds,” sighs singer/bassist Larry TV, born Hillary Jones — and closes in a deluge with the stormy “Feels Like Rain.”
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Locals: Indie-punk trio Pretty Pretty navigates diverse conditions on Leather Weather

Leather Weather, the new seven-inch from scrappy indie-punk trio Pretty Pretty, opens amid ideal conditions — “Well the sun is shining through the blinds,” sighs singer/bassist Larry TV, born Hillary Jones — and closes in a deluge with the stormy “Feels Like Rain.”
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Concert preview: Field Report brings comforting Marigolden to Rumba Cafe

Chris Porterfield, the Milwaukee-based singer-songwriter behind Field Report (the quartet’s moniker is an anagram of his surname), launched his second go-round at a music career with what he termed “a bold and reckless” move at the time, leaving behind the stability of a full-time gig in Marquette’s Office of Student Affairs for an uncertain career as an indie musician.
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Concert preview: Singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten continues her journey with Are We There

For a long time, Sharon Van Etten thought she wanted a career in music above all else. More recently, however, the Brooklyn-based singer-songwriter has started envisioning a life outside of the industry she’s immersed herself in since releasing her debut album Because I Was in Love in 2009.
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Concert preview: Mike Watt returns with Il Sogno del Marinaio

Rather than butchering the pronunciation of Il Sogno del Marinaio, it might be easier to simply refer to the band as “the latest musical project from Mike Watt.” Watt, the bassist best known for his stints in the Minutemen and the reformed Stooges, is often lauded for his affable demeanor and his open-minded approach, both of which are on display on Canto Secondo, the sophomore effort from the adventurous trio.
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Concert preview: Fly Moon Royalty brings its genre-hopping sound to Double Happiness

Fly Moon Royalty, the Seattle-based collaboration between singer Adra Boo and DJ-slash-MC Action J, borrows liberally from the worlds of funk, electronica and soul for its Unfinished Business EP.
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Concert preview: Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster makes glorious guitar noise

The Jersey rockers might perform as a trio, but its sound hinges on pint-size singer/guitarist Marissa Paternoster, an obscenely skilled musician who makes her instrument sound larger than life, strangling out riffs that alternately howl, gnash, snarl and moan.
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Sensory overload: Mala gets her groove back

“Love is out of my control,” crooned R&B singer Mala near the close of her set at Café Bourbon St. on a recent Thursday. It wasn’t out of her thoughts, however, and much of the musician’s 40-minute set centered on those pliant, ever-shifting bonds between human beings.
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Concert preview: Francesco Ferorelli finds musical freedom in Heaven’s Jail

In August 2013, about a week before Heaven’s Jail departed for the wilds of Connecticut to record its most recent full-length, the dark, searching Ace Called Zero, the NYC band holed up in singer-songwriter Francesco Ferorelli’s Brooklyn apartment and played through the songs that would eventually make up the album.
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Staff pick: Lydia Loveless a pop-obsessive at heart

Almost more than anything, Lydia Loveless is a pop-obsessive at heart.
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Concert preview: Cleveland singer/guitarist Dylan Baldi making something of Cloud Nothings

On Here and Nowhere Else, the explosive fourth album from Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings, the characters in singer/guitarist Dylan Baldi’s songs frequently find themselves at a loss for words, the frontman singing: “I don't know what you're trying to say”; “You don't really seem to care/ And I don't even talk about it”; “I feel there's nothing left to say.”
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Concert review: Ab-Soul rocks a half-full Park Street Saloon Monday

Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q peer performed cuts from his latest, These...
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Concert preview: Barrence Whitfield & the Savages still a hard act to follow

When Barrence Whitfield describes the transformation he undergoes upon hitting the stage, he sounds like Dr. Jekyll attempting to explain his metamorphosis into Mr. Hyde.
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Editor's picks: 16 things to do this weekend

Including PotatoStock, OSU vs. Cincy, Oktoberfest and more
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PotatoStock preview: Music lineup as delicious as the mounds and mounds of potato salad

Hope you're hungry for some potato salad, cuz there's gonna be a crapton of it
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Locals: Eternally Dizzy flashes a head-spinning sound on its debut EP

On its self-titled debut EP, indie trio Eternally Dizzy displays a knack for transforming the everyday into epic, loosely psychedelic guitar rock.
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The List: Top 10 Wu-Tang Members

In honor of Yellow Brick Pizza’s Wu-Pie, Alive counts down the greatest Wu-Tang members of all-time.
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Concert preview: Ab-Soul still more comfortable on the periphery

L.A. rapper Ab-Soul doesn’t have the same notoriety as fellow Black Hippy collective members Kendrick Lamar and Schoolboy Q — a status unlikely to change in the wake of his hazy new album These Days…
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Staff Pick: Ex-Cult keeps it loud and grimy on Midnight Passenger

Ex-Cult, a menacing gang of Memphis rockers led by former Vile Nation frontman Chris Shaw, blisters paint on “Midnight Passenger,” the noisy, dirt-caked title track off its sophomore album. “I'm the voice from the sewer,” Shaw barks as his mates lay down an urgent, muddy squall that appears to emanate from the same grimy locale.
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Concert preview: Drowners’ music straddles the Atlantic

In a 2013 interview with Bullett, Drowners described its sound as “friendly post-punk,” which is a pretty apt synopsis of its self-titled debut, a shimmering, Brit-pop influenced effort that gives off a warm, autumnal glow.
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Concert preview: St. Vincent hits another level on her fourth album

With her large eyes, petite frame and shock of dyed hair, St. Vincent, born Annie Clark, resembles a villainess drawn by Walt Disney in recent press photos. Her music has occasionally adopted similarly animated qualities in recent years as she’s progressed from the anxious, guitar-driven tunes populating Actor, released in 2009, to the rhythmic, outsized numbers she delivered alongside head Talking Head David Byrne on Love This Giant in 2012.
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Concert preview: Cerebral Ballzy grows up — sort of

In the Brooklyn punk-rock crew’s earliest days, its frenzied music could be every bit as immature and mindless as its controversy-courting name (witness get-messed-up anthems like “Puke Song” and “Drug Myself Dumb,” both off its 2011 debut).
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