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New Reviews: The Decemberists Strip Down on Live Album

Also: New music by Big K.R.I.T., Arcade Fire, Beach House, Blur, Odd Future and more

March 13, 2012 6:30 PM ET
The Decemberists
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In this week's slate of Rolling Stone reviews, Jon Dolan ponders how the Decemberists' new double live album, which features a 16-minute folk- rock opus, a yodeling drummer and nautical themed audience participation, is somehow relatively "stripped-down" for the "overweeningly theatrical" band. Also, Rob Sheffield describes Vince Clarke and Martin Gore's new techno album as VCMG as the "New Wave equivalent of the Rocky/Apollo rematch at the end of Rocky III," Jeff Rosenthal slams the new single by shock-rap crew Odd Future and Monica Herrera praises Big K.R.I.T.'s new self-produced mixture.

ALBUMS

The Decemberists - We All Raise Our Voices to the Air (Live Songs 04-11-08-11)

VCMG - Ssss

The Ting Tings - Sounds From Nowheresville

The Jezabels - Prisoner

The Men - Open Your Heart

White Rabbits - Milk Famous

Band of Skulls - Sweet Sour

Delta Spirit - Delta Spirit

Big K.R.I.T. - 4evaNaDay

WZRD - WZRD

SONGS

Arcade Fire "Abraham's Daughter"

Odd Future "Rella"

Beach House "Myth"

Debo Band "Asha Gedawo"

Blur "Under the Westway"

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