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The Depreciation Guild makes lush pop with old Nintendos

The bleeps and bloops of 8-bit video games have been combined with quite a few types of electronic music, but they're still relatively new to the American pop landscape. >More
 Throw Me the Statue touts new album, old rock star

After graduating from Vassar College, Scott Reitherman, 27, moved to Seattle to start a record label and make music. His solo project, Throw Me the Statue, has bloomed into a four-piece singer-songwriter rock band now signed to the indie label Secretly Canadian. The band plays the Annex Aug. 28 in support of a second album, Creaturesque. >More
 Justin Townes Earle loves George Michael

Though he's named after outlaw country legend Townes Van Zandt and is the son of the genre's current torchbearer Steve Earle, Justin Townes Earle doesn't lurk in their shadows. His new album might be the most critically praised of 2009. >More
 Mitchel Musso is Disney's latest pop idol

This decade, the Walt Disney Company has increasingly managed the business of puberty pop. Its new generation of musical Mouseketeers includes household names like Miley Cyrus and the Jonas Brothers. Disney artists mostly are young actors able to sing tracks put together by a stable of songwriters and producers. >More
 The Breeders craft a DIY vision

Though it's been more than 15 years since their most commercially successful album -- 1993's Last Splash, which spawned the lo-fi anthem "Cannonball" and an excellent video directed by Spike Jonze and Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon -- the Breeders seem as modern as ever when chatting about DIY culture. >More
 You'd better read up before The Decemberists perform

The Decemberists have been performing The Hazards of Love from start to finish at many recent concerts. The band comes to Overture Hall on Aug. 5. >More
 Retribution Gospel Choir cranks it up

When Alan Sparhawk and Steve Garrington play with Mimi Parker as Low, they create slow, minimal songs with vocal harmonies that give you goosebumps. When they play with drummer Eric Pollard, they're Retribution Gospel Choir, a project that's louder, faster and more likely to inspire air guitar. >More
 New Antlers album looks for solace

With Hospice, singer and guitarist Peter Silberman of the Antlers has managed to assemble a concept album with as much literary weight as the Decemberists' Hazards of Love. More remarkably, the album packs as much raw indie emotion as Sufjan Stevens. >More
 Why Black Francis didn't go into real estate

Pixies frontman Black Francis -- a.k.a. Frank Black -- doesn't explore the depths of consciousness quietly: His songs writhe and scream their way out of a sludgy soup of sex, death and other primordial desires, making you wonder if he was raised by wolves or banshees or acid-dropping psychoanalysts. >More
 Lucie Blue Tremblay's affirmations are bilingual

The opening line of one of Lucie Blue Tremblay's most popular songs, "So Lucky," gets poetic about the unity of love. "When one voice leads another in a way of harmony," she begins. The words could just as easily be a synopsis of Tremblay's own bilingual singing style. Since she released her first album on the seminal women's music label Olivia Records in 1986, Tremblay has been noted for getting lyrical in both French and English. >More
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