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Desaparecidos – “Backsell”

Technically speaking, Payola is only Desaparecidos’ second album, even if they’ve released plenty of one-off tracks over the years. This year, Conor Oberst picked up the threads of his politically minded punk band, put together a new album, and is touring behind the album, even playing big tent festivals like Coachella. Mike Mogis is producing […]

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Cillie Barnes – “Earthquake Season At The Crystal Convention”

“You’ve got to get through the shadows to appreciate the light,” Cillie Barnes wisely opines on the refrain of “Earthquake Season At The Crystal Convention.” It’s a comforting notion on a song that plays out like a nursery rhyme for adults. Barnes previously debuted “Facework,” a brooding, shimmering condemnation of betrayal, and while “Earthquake Season” […]