Ray Cummings

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  • 7 years ago | Reviews

    Near the end of Digi Snacks, Wu-Tang mastermind RZA states, "Hip-hop is all about having fun." And the production maestro, chess fanatic, and underrated MC indeed has a fabulous time spitting spastic, marble-mouthed verses on his fourth solo album...

  • 8 years ago | Concerts

    As the irresistibly luminescent new CD Andorra demonstrates, Caribou's Dan Snaith has come a long, long way since being legally stripped of his old Manitoba moniker. These days the same guy who once playfully goofed on post-rock's fetid corpse (on...

  • 8 years ago | Reviews

    Despite the eyebrow-raising moniker's aggressive overtones, the Bristol, England duo of Andrew Hung and Benjamin John Power wants little more than to give your cerebellum a therapeutic, thoroughly intense sound massage. With Street Horrrsing, thes...

  • 8 years ago | Reviews

    "I can't tell if we're running from or coming to," singer/guitarist Jason Simon muses on the folky, eulogic "Ain't Got Nothing (To Go Wrong)," his voice dripping with idiosyncratic weariness. He could easily be opening up to a lover, making a stat...

  • 8 years ago | Reviews

    Being the girlfriend of Tender Forever's Melanie Vera has to be as much of a curse as it is a blessing. On the plus side, your French expat squeeze writes nose-wrinklingly cute, keyboard-driven pop songs that thoroughly convey the depths and assor...

  • 8 years ago | Reviews

    Viva subterfuge and theft that doesn't harm anybody who doesn't deserve it. But holy Girl Talk, Batman; at a certain point, one gets the sense that powerful music-biz suits aren't the only folks falling prey to sample-happy activist-composers. To ...

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