From Black Skinheads to Pissed Jeans: We honor the most notable music of 2013 (so far)

We’re only about halfway into 2013, but this year already feels more musically exciting than 2012. With albums on the horizon from Lady Gaga, The Dismemberment Plan, and Arcade Fire—and great LPs already out from Kanye West, Deafheaven, My Bloody Valentine, Vampire Weekend, Daft Punk, and David Bowie—the race for…

Heartfelt tributes, Sopranos shout-outs, and kittens: Decoding The Death Set’s Michel Poiccard

“Predictable” is the least accurate description of The Death Set’s 2011 effort, Michel Poiccard. The unruly Brooklyn-via-Baltimore-via-Sydney, Australia gang’s sophomore release is giddily overflowing with off-the-wall ideas. As the band’s first major release since guitarist Beau Velasco’s death in September 2009, the…

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