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Live Review: The Decemberists at House of Blues, February 13, 2011

Photo credit: Ryan Cowen

The Decemberists might be immensely popular right now, but their success wasn’t earned overnight. The King Is Dead debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 last month, but it’s their sixth album, and longtime listeners are well acquainted with their literate, anachronistic folk-rock. But one thing even diehard fans may not know about the Portland minstrels is that they put on a heck of a fun live show. Continue reading…

How to Hug Your Independent Record Store

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“Indie record stores,” says Chrys Hansen of Modern Music, the Caribbean’s most visited record store, “are where you go when you first realize there’s a whole new world of music for you to explore.” The Internet notwithstanding as perhaps one’s first stop when searching out what the world has to offer musically, Hansen’s words ring sentimental and otherwise true.

Independent record stores, unlike the CD sections of Wal-Mart and Best Buy, often feature carefully procured selections of good popular music and local and alternative groups that are either too vulgar or not Hoobastank-y enough for other outlets. The quality of independent record stores is only enhanced by the personal touch offered by the staff.

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