McNutt Against the Music’s “Song of the Summer” showdown

Handicapping which songs have the big hooks, singalong potential, crossover appeal and car-stereo potential to emerge as the biggest hit of summer 2014.

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Unsettled grooves: Sorting through Arcade Fire’s broad, complicated Reflektor

Reflektor’s collision of familiarities, arty pretentions, lengthy tracks, unwillingness to explain itself (and the winks it delivers when it seems to)… amounts to an album that, while rarely a difficult listen, rejects easy understanding.

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