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Ian Cohen

Andrew W.K.'s party platform; Credit: Timothy Norris

Andrew W.K. – Avalon Theater – 3/8/12

See also: Our slideshow of Andrew W.K. with Math The Band Andrew W.K. with Math The Band Avalon Theater 3/8/12 Better than:...The sold-out 10-year anniversary show of Har Mar Superstar's Can You Feel Me?, which undoubtedly plays in Har Mar Superstar's mind every single day. Andrew W.K. isn't the sort......
Ryan Adams at the Bob Mould tribute in November; Credit: Timothy Norris

Ryan Adams – Disney Hall – 2/17/12

Ryan Adams Disney Hall 2-17-12 See also: Why Ryan Adams Isn't Allowing Photos Better than... Listening to Love Is Hell in its entirety on Valentine's Day because Heartbreaker just wouldn't be depressing enough. Unless that's your thing. I guess I'd consider myself in the 90th percentile of Ryan Adams fandom......
I like my nachos hot; Credit: Timothy Norris

Rick Ross and Busta Rhymes – Nokia Theatre – 1/13/12

Rick Ross feat. Busta Rhymes 1-13-12 Nokia Theatre See also: Fictional Cutting-Room Floor Outtakes From Rick Ross' Amazing GQ Profile Better than: Actually being Big Meech. Or Larry Hoover. At least in 2012. "Schindler and I are like peas in a pod! We're both factory owners, we both made shells......
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Lana Del Rey – The Troubadour – 12/7/11

Lana Del Rey The Troubadour December 7, 2011 See also: *Our Lana Del Rey slideshow *The Problem With Lana Del Rey (Is You) Better than...I ever even knew. Then again, what do I know? "I have my fingers crossed that LDR lives up to all this hype. Girl's got talent,"......
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Future Islands – Echoplex – 11/17/11

See also: Future Islands: Too Noisy For New Wave, Too Pussy For Punk Future Islands Echoplex 11-17-11 Better than: Nursing your woes while crying in your beer. Having someone spill theirs on you while dancing in place takes way less effort I'd been told that Baltimore synth-pop berserkers Future Islands......

Fuck Guilty Pleasures: Drake Is An Incredible Lyricist

See also: Top Five Rappers in Absolutely Ridiculous Sweaters At least on wax, Drake isn't a sympathetic, relatable or even very likeable guy. And everyone seems to have an opinion on his lack of cred; Pusha T went at him on his "Don't Fuck With Me (Dreams Money Can Buy)"......
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M83 – The Music Box – 11/9/11

See also: M83's Anthony Gonzalez Makes Soundtracks, Without The Movie M83 The Music Box 11-9-11 Better than: Having to actually be 16 again. At the risk of completely disavowing any claims of critical distance, this was the concert event of 2011 for yours truly and I don't care who knows......
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Zola Jesus, LA Vampires, Xanopticon – Echoplex – October 31, 2011

See also: *Zola Jesus Brings Her Unsettled and Prickly Vision to L.A. *Amanda Brown of LA Vampires: Raw Foodist, Colossal In Kiev Zola Jesus, LA Vampires, Xanopticon Echoplex October 31, 2011 Better than... Seeing MC 900 Ft. Jesus on Columbus Day. Gotta admit, perhaps the greatest evidence of Nika Danilova's......