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The sound of music

By Tom Nuttall  

Last week the New Yorker‘s pop critic Sasha Frere-Jones wrote a mischievous article in which he argued that in the mid-1990s, white indie rock music “lost its soul” by turning its back on the black music influences that had been used to such powerful effect by acts like Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones and the Clash. The result, he suggested, was a parade of bloodless bands producing formless, introspective music of increasingly limited appeal. Here he is describing a performance by Arcade Fire,  indie band du jour:

As I watched Arcade Fire, I realized that the drummer and the bassist…

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