Gang of Four frontman John Sterry shares new solo song as Billionaire, “World Loves a Trier” — listen

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John Sterry has spent the last five years fronting the legendary post-punk outfit Gang of Four, but it’s his work as Billionaire that shows whom he really is as a songwriter. The project made its debut with the 2015 Fine Minds EP, and now Sterry is back with a new collection of wry, lo-fi electronica on a new EP, Cheap Credit!. …

Album Review: Depeche Mode – Spirit

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Depeche Mode occupies a unique place among the constellation of synthpop acts that emerged from the UK post-punk scene around three decades ago. Since the release of Songs of Faith & Devotion in 1993, they’ve been entirely disinterested in the “pop” half of that portmanteau, creating instead a gloomy yet sensual swamp that sprouts elements of rock, blues, and the proto-industrial …

U2’s American Dream: The Joshua Tree 30 Years Later

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Dusting ‘Em Off is a rotating, free-form feature that revisits a classic album, film, or moment in pop-culture history. This week, Collin Brennan reflects on how America looked through the eyes of a young Irish rock band called U2. Drive two and a half hours east of downtown Los Angeles, through a series of smog-choked suburban communities collectively known as …

Album Review: Crystal Fairy – Crystal Fairy

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When members of the Melvins (Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover), At the Drive-In (Omar Rodríguez-López), and Le Butcherettes (Teri Gender Bender) announced plans last fall to unite and form Crystal Fairy, it was safe to bet the music would be bold, thoughtful, and unapologetic. The band’s self-titled debut has each of these characteristics, but it’s also an artsy and dramatic record …

Album Review: AFI – AFI (The Blood Album)

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Fans were cautiously optimistic when AFI announced AFI (The Blood Album) last October, hoping for music that would reward their loyalty and solidify the band’s standing. Secretly, they realize the likelihood of new material with the influence of 2000’s The Art of Drowning or chart-oblivious fan favorites like “God Called in Sick Today” are slim. Most bands in the second …