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Stories by Richard Dotson

Cage the Elephant's Melophobia

Many of my friends will give me grief for this review. Until the release of Melophobia, I loathed Cage the Elephant. Their previous songs were so unbearably cheesy to me that I dismissed this album ...

Darkside's Psychic

I'm going to take a step that Darkside would appreciate and open this review with a recklessly bold statement: Psychic is a classic album. The 11-minute opening track, the Kubrickian level of detail, the efficient ...

An open letter to Foals re Holy Fire

Dear Foals,What are you doing? You used to have so much potential. When Antidotes was released in 2008, you were regarded as Battles for the pop listener! What a compliment! Your plinky guitar lines, math-rock ...

My Bloody Valentine's mbv

Mark February 2, 2013, on your calendars as “the day My Bloody Valentine broke the internet.” Why? Because on that day the band released mbv, the follow-up to a perfect album: 1991's Loveless. Twenty-two years ...

Allelujah! Don't Bend! Ascend!, by Godspeed You! Black Emporer

Since 1997, Godspeed has sounded like a prodigious teen's imagination: splaying the guts of the world with youthful abandon. The band had painted the sounds of life with a better view. Godspeed explored great heights ...