Thursday, April 24, 2014

Billy Block, William Tyler and Steve Gunn, Tobacco, The Men, Acid Mothers Temple and More: Inside This Week’s Music Section (and on the Cover)

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The Beat Goes On: Billy Block, the honky-tonk underdog’s best friend, meets cancer head on with sticks in each fist

Whole New Groove: Guitarists William Tyler and Steve Gunn make rock that combines historical awareness with innovation (William Tyler and Steve Gunn Playing April 29 at The Stone Fox; William Tyler's Lost Colony out April 29 via Merge Records)

Happy Ending Massage: Electro prankster Tobacco finds muscle-relaxant bliss with his ugliest album yet (Playing April 30 at Mercy Lounge)

The Evolution of Men: Perpetual shape-shifters The Men continue to toy with their sound (Playing April 29 at The End)

The Case for Poptimism: How Japanese psych rockers Acid Mothers Temple and, say, Miley Cyrus inhabit the same musical universe (Playing April 28 at The High Watt)

In The Spin: Bruce Springsteen at Bridgestone Arena, Jack White records the "world's fastest record" at Third Man Records

Plus Critics’ Picks on Punk Palooza at The Other Basement, The Zombies, Charles Bradley and His Extraordinaires, Black Tar Prophet’s release show, Katie Herzig’s release show, The Coathangers with Breast Massage, the Whole Lotta Shakes Going On benefit, Mono, Tom Jones, HAIM, Schoolboy Q with Isaiah Rashaad, Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, EMA, Graveyard, Local Natives and more

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