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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n4 (01/26/2011) » Section: Left of the Dial

Destroyer - Kaputt

He’s long stood in the wings as the “secret weapon” in Canadian superpop collective the New Pornographers, waiting for his chance to dose the scene with his undeniable wit and mastery. But Dan Bejar’s true musical raison d’etre has always been Destroyer. After more than a decade and a half with Bejar as the center and only permanent member, Destroyer provides a study of an artist blossoming naturally, unfolding over time, if not always giving the audience precisely what it wants or expects.

The Soft Boys - Can of Bees/Underwater Moonlight

As much cred as the legendary Cambridge, England, outfit the Soft Boys might get, it may never be enough. The band’s marriage of a “no rules” punk spirit and post-punk pragmatism to boundless psychedelic rock visions and melodic journeys would have proved enough of a legacy, had their bug never spread. It did, however, on both sides of the Atlantic, yielding children too many to name.

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