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The Year in Pop

White Rabbits, Fort Nightly
Rockin’ piano and exuberant beats drive the Rabbits’ big sound—which is a little glam, a little soul, a little ska, and a whole lot of fun. The hype machine mostly missed them, so they can still be your personal discovery. Back from a national tour, they play the Bowery Ballroom on December 13.

Björk’s Volta
This had great promise: Timbaland onboard as well as crooner Antony Hegarty and Congolese drum orchestra Konono No. 1. But the Hegarty duets are unbearable; there are altogether too many foghorns; and her wailing about independence, etc., makes her sound like a tired hippie. For the first time, Björk botches a cool collaboration.


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