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Music

Never Fade Away

Little is known about the life and music of the British singer/songwriter Nick Drake. He recorded three hauntingly beautiful albums and died of an overdose - a presumed suicide - in 1974, just short of his 27th birthday.

by ASHLEY BRADLEY

Live From Philly

I'm so excited to see these guys," Mike says side-stage, thumbing quickly through a stack of camera tapes.

by JOE YEAKEL

Defibrillator

A caffeinated, dancey, post-punk explosion bundled into twelve tracks and running well under an hour in length, the Dismemberment Plan's 1999 release, Emergency & I, skyrocketed the band to indie fame.

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The Defibrillator

Marvin Gaye Trouble Man 1972 There was a time - before the days of Zach Braff and his sleepy iTunes playlists - when movie soundtracks were worth buying.

by CHRIS AHEARN

Brazilian Ear Wax

Join Kurt Cobain, Of Montreal, and David Byrne as a fan of Brazilian psychedelic pop band Os Mutantes.

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Unofficial Soundtracks

Jay-Z's American Gangster - despite sharing the title and cover art with the titular Ridley Scott feature - came about after he was shown an early cut of the film.

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A Rash You Won't Regret

I unenthusiastically put on the new Hives album, The Black and White Album, expecting to hear more of the same.

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Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangster

Jay-Z is back (again) - only this time with a story to tell. He's described his latest album, American Gangster, as a "concept album," inspired by the Ridley Scott film of the same name; each track references a specific scene of the film.

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The Defibrillator

The first thing Charles "Black Francis" Thompson sings about on Doolittle is "slicing up eyeballs." Having previously fed myself a strict diet of lighthearted, whimsical, gloriously wussy indie pop, I was a little shocked.

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let's freakout like crazy people

While the unlucky few stayed in with Mom and Pops last Saturday night, the love of thumping basslines, party anthems, and body shaking grooves brought Penn students and local dance freaks to St.

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Get in touch with your roots

The Roots may well be Philadelphia's premiere hip-hop outfit. The Roots still defy convention by fusing soul, jazz, and funk, even 20 years and eight albums into the game.

by ASHLEY BRADLEY

Forever young

God bless Neil Young. At 62, he's as earnest as ever - supremely confident in his well-worn niche. In 2007, it takes some kind of self-assurance to sing, without a hint of irony: "I'm just a passenger / On this old freight train." For the last 40 years, Young has alternated with almost stunning regularity between country-inflected acoustic ballads and gritty electric numbers.

by ALEX JACOBS

Defibrillator

Morrissey Viva Hate 1988 It was a sad day for witty, angst-filled teens everywhere when The Smiths called it quits in 1987.

by NICKY BERGER

Backstreet boys Redux

The story of the Backstreet Boys is, at heart, the story of our childhood. And it all comes rushing back this week, when the erstwhile teen idols release their newest album, Unbreakable.

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He was there

Two mysteries that will forever plague the human mind: the existence of God and the person of Bob Dylan.

by MARK DILLMAN

London in shambles

Led by frontman and renowned narcotics addict Pete Doherty, Babyshambles' new record, Shotter's Nation, is pleasant enough, but ultimately forgettable.

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Defibrillator

With bombs falling in Iraq, tensions rising with Iran and Russia and the stock market at its shakiest in years, what would be a better album to bring back than Rage Against the Machine's controversial, self-titled debut album?

by PAUL LODATO

Out of the ivory tower

Robert Walter is reluctant to call himself a jazz musician. As a solo artist and member of the soul-jazz act Greyboy Allstars, the organist/keyboardist/pianist pits himself as on the cutting edge of the scene, fusing traditional jazz with funk, rock, and dance.

by ANDY GRANOWITZ

The In Rainbows Listening Party

Radiohead, the critically acclaimed, genre-bending rock act, is homeless. Not literally, of course - you won't find Thom Yorke begging for pocket pence outside the Tube.

by KERRY GOLDS

Defibrillator

Bringing Great Albums Back from the Dead Steely Dan Aja 1977 Aja is more than just your average rock album; it is an intoxicating auditory experience.

by MAUNIK PATEL

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