Ian Traas

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  • 4 years ago

    Two years ago, San Francisco's Dodos were in the process of smoothing out the more abrasive elements of their sound, cutting back on the clattering drums and frantic strumming in order to better highlight their gift for writing sticky, bittersweet...

  • 4 years ago

    It might not seem like Arctic Monkeys have been around long enough to blow through a number of music industry clichés, but they've already had a massive debut, safe-playing sophomore release, and a departure of a third album that shot for a...

  • 5 years ago

    Christopher Mercer, better known as dubstep purveyor Rusko, isn't really interested in drawing connections between electronic beats and the spaced-out sounds of Jamaican dub — he wants to party. His take on the rapidly expanding genre is clo...

  • 5 years ago

    When the alternative wrecking ball composed mostly of grunge, flannel and teen angst came to level the palace of hair metal and dance-pop that the '80s had built, Soul Asylum were right there at the demolition site with bleeding-heart lyrics and a...


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