Chris Holmes

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Before Today

Ariel Pink's audience has been growing over the last several albums of shambolic, four-track pop zaniness, to the point that Before Today's release was met with feverish fanfare (and a feature in the L.A. Times). ...

Quiet Clatter

The crowd was thin by the time A Frames took the stage, as apparently most of the concertgoers came to see local openers Nude Boy and Christmas Island. I, however, was almost quivering with anticipation ...

On Repeat in Heaven

I stood listening to openers Wooden Birds, trying to identify exactly what they reminded me of. Tight playing, country-tinged songs with pleasing boy-girl harmonies -- wait -- Fleetwood Mac! While I would have preferred Vetiver, ...

Two Sunsets

Two Sunsets brings together lo-fi kingpins the Pastels and Japanese ambient-folk duo the Tenniscoats in a mostly winning collaboration. Part of album's charm comes from its nonchalance, as if the melodies occurred to the musicians ...

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