Rob Harvilla

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  • 5 years ago

    Warpaint live is a disconcerting experience. They're smiling! The bass player is dancing (and wearing overalls)! People in the crowd are dancing! There's a crowd at all! You're not alone in your bedroom, curled up in the fetal position, bawling un...

  • 5 years ago

    You'll get over it, your initial disappointment that Erykah Badu's New Amerykah Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh, daffy title aside, is not nearly as mind-bogglingly deranged as you'd feared (hoped?) it would be. You had reasons to assume a certain level...

  • 6 years ago | Lists

    5. Booker T., Potato Hole (Anti-) Booker T. Jones, as usual, is having exactly as much fun as he appears to be - in a word, lots. Here he's backed by the Drive-By Truckers, an inspired pairing of sweet and surly garage R&B atop which that exuberan...

  • 6 years ago | Lists

    Yeah, pal, that's "college rock," scare quotes very much included. Look, it's a meaningless term. As are "indie," "alternative," "hipster," etc., etc. Let's not overthink this: Here we have ten splendid records with an amorphous rock 'n' roll desi...

  • 7 years ago

    We can all agree that November 23's eons-delayed, punchline-defying, free-Dr Pepper­-triggering release of Guns N' Roses' Chinese Democracy marks the death of something — some combination of the music industry, "the album" as a unit of c...

  • 7 years ago

    I have not yet actually heard Metallica's totally badass new album, because I am way too busy living it, tearing off magnificent spider-fingered runs during the manic breakdown in "My Apocalypse" on my doofy-looking plastic guitar, which correspon...

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