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By Olivia Ladd, Contributing Writer Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke surprised fans by releasing an unexpected sophomore solo album Tomorrow’s Modern Boxes, available strictly from popular illegal download site BitTorrent. The album, which consists of eight tracks and a video, is available for six dollars through a pay gate, a first for BitTorrent. Listeners can also sample a …

By Blake Jennings, Staff Writer U2 is a band that has been on the verge of musical self-satire for a while now. Bono especially has always seemed keenly aware of the caricature that people have carved out for him—as that flag-waving, purple-shades-wearing, philanthropic mast-head of excessive arena-rock and self-importance. U2 has always suffered from taking …

The artwork for Jeremy Robertson & the Class Action's "Wait & See" EP. (FILE)

With this year’s worth while mainstream releases being few and far between, now’s the time to add some local, independent flair to your music library. Here are some of the latest releases from local artists: Daniel Young—“Unexpected”   Daniel Young’s debut release came about after the producer wanted to try his hand at electronic dance …

The album artwork for Beck's "Morning Phase" (FILE)

By Patty Greer // Staff Writer Beck is best known for his ’94 hit ‘Loser,” but since then he’s pushed all musical boundaries. Including influences of pop, rock, blues, soul and basically every other genre imaginable. “Morning Phase” is the first album by Beck time in nearly six years and is considered to be a sequel …

Over the last decade, Montreal Indie-rock outfit Arcade Fire has continued to scale higher and higher into the indie music pantheon of greatness, releasing consistently terrific releases like Neon Bible and their debut Funeral, an album so great that it will most likely haunt the band for the rest of their career. Arcade Fire will …

From left to right: The album artwork for Paul McCartney's "New," Katy Perry's "Prism" and Pearl Jam's " Lightning Bolt." (FILE/Edited by John Connor Coulston)

Paul McCartney – New Paul McCartney is a legend that needs no introduction. On his 16th solo release, he combines reflective tracks with tracks inspired by his current life. Paired with production by Mark Ronson and Beatles’ producer George Martin’s son, Giles, New is exactly what a 2013 Paul McCartney album should sound like. McCartney uses a little bit of everything that has …