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Bump of Chicken keeps things nice on 'Butterflies'

| Mar 20, 2016

Bump of Chicken keeps things nice on 'Butterflies'

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Bump of Chicken “Butterflies” (Toy’s Factory) Butterflies are beautiful. Whether they’re floating around in a garden or tattooed on a woman’s shoulder — they’re colorful and intricate. Bump of Chicken’s latest release, “Butterflies,” is neither of those things. That’s not to say “Butterflies” is ...

Ash prepares to celebrate a special anniversary

Mar 13, 2016

Ash prepares to celebrate a special anniversary

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Pop-punk veterans Ash are in the mood for celebrating. This year the band’s 1996 chart-topping debut album, “1977,” will turn 20 years old, and frontman/guitarist Tim Wheeler says he and his bandmates — drummer Rick McMurray and bassist Mark Hamilton — are looking to ...

City pop revival helps Suchmos at just the right time

Feb 28, 2016

City pop revival helps Suchmos at just the right time

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Walk into a Tower Records store in Shibuya or Shinjuku and you’ll eventually come across the apparel section. The current fashion aesthetic here leans retro: Hoodies and T-shirts come emblazoned with text highlighting throwback music signifiers, from equipment (“cassette tape,” “analog”) to genres (“surf ...