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August 31, 2012

Jeremiah Tucker: From haircuts to engagements, musicians make news

JOPLIN, Mo. — This week I briefly touch upon a handful of newish albums and some “news” from the world of popular music: Miley Cyrus’ new haircut.

For a couple weeks every summer “news” -- even in its current disgraced and “reality”-saturated state -- falls into the black hole in the middle of the Bermuda triangle, and we’re left reacting to celebrity rumors.

Thus, Miley Cyrus’ new haircut managed to dominate Twitter and blogs for days in August.

To be fair, it was, by all accounts, a pretty extreme do: an asymmetrical, bleached-blonde pixie cut. Because as an American I am obligated to have an opinion on this -- I like it! How old is Miley Cyrus? 19, 20 years old? I’m too lazy to look on Google.

Regardless, she’s the appropriate age to try out an edgy haircut. Better now than pulling a “Harrison Ford” later in life. Although, I do respect Mr. Ford for doubling down on his lame earring. Aware that everyone made fun of him for his 75-percent-over crisis, he continues wearing the sad earring out of pure spite for the haters. That takes guts.

I hope my tombstone reads, “Jeremiah thought Miley’s new look was ‘super cute.’”

Jeff the Brotherhood: ‘Hypnotic Nights’

For fans of rough-and-tumble, hook-saturated garage rock, 2012 has been a banner year. Jeff the Brotherhood is a two-piece band out of Nashville, and as its name implies, its members are brothers.

Dan Auerbach, the guitarist for the Black Keys, another two-piece rock band, produced “Hypnotic Nights,” the boys’ seventh LP. The second half drags, pulled down by too many muddy genre experiments. But the first half of “Hypnotic Nights” is straightforward, almost like early Weezer if Weezer had been a little more blue-collar power-pop.

Crank it for the waning days of summer, particularly “Sixpack” and “Mystic Portal II.”

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