Return of the Magician Sparks Wings

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The Wings withstood a barrage of Rangers shots to hold on for their first victory in nearly a week. They were sparked by the return of Pavel Datsyuk to the lineup, who was out since Christmas time with a broken hand.

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Cut Copy – Zonoscope

Three years on from 2008’s steamrolling In Ghost Colours, Cut Copy return. That was an album of anthems; tracks like “Hearts on Fire” and “Lights and Music” were transcendent pop that stuck in heads for days. But Zonoscope is something different. It…

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Destroyer – Kaputt

Dan Bejar returns with a brilliant album drawing from the lush sounds of the early 1980s, but never forgets the importance of songwriting. The sound surrounding Bejar cast his songs in a very particular light and reinforces the feeling of the singer …

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Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

On their second full-length outing, the young Chicago band has delivered on their early promise, with a richer sound and a better batch of songs. Their noisy full-length debut was recorded while they were still in high school, but the remarkable ho…

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Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

Kanye’s big year culminates in an LP that feels like an instant greatest hits, the ultimate realization of his strongest talents and divisive public persona. His last album, 2008’s 808s and Heartbreaks, was heavy on the Auto-Tune and stark synths,…

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