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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 worthwhile mainstream releases being few and far between this year, now is the time to add some local, independent flair to your music library. Life as a local, independent artist can be incredibly rewarding, but it is not always easy to find ways to ensure that your tracks get the attention needed to excel …

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 …

The album artwork for Miley Cyrus' "Bangerz" (FILE)

By Brad Belemjian& John Connor Coulston // Staff Writers Cage the Elephant – Melophobia Cage the Elephant’s third album takes several listens to sink in. While its predecessor bled ’90s alternative, Melophobia combines sounds from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s into an ambitious full length. Even though it isn’t as accessible as their previous work, …