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photos by Amanda Hatfield

every year between Christmas and New Year's, we catch up on unposted stuff. This year is no different...

Garbage

2012 was the year Garbage returned with a new album (which made Rolling Stones's Top 50 list), and a bunch of shows. We caught them in Austin, NYC, Belgium, Montreal, Los Angeles, and Austin again. The NYC show was at Webster Hall and we have a second set of pictures from it that were never posted, until now. More below...

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Garbage

Temptress, lover, sufferer, scrapper -- those have been Ms. Manson's personae since Garbage started in 1995. In other eras she might have been a pop torch singer, a soul belter or a new-wave frontwoman: a Shirley Bassey, a Dusty Springfield, a Chrissie Hynde. There's a little of each of them in her voice.

But in the mid-1990s rock was pushing darker thoughts and heftier beats. Garbage's drummer, Butch Vig, had produced the grunge spearhead, Nirvana's 1991 album "Nevermind"; Nine Inch Nails had emerged with its blend of dance-music electronics and dire hard rock. Garbage rode both approaches to million-selling albums.

Songs like "Stupid Girl" used pop structures as they seesawed between electronics and power chords, while Ms. Manson exulted in goth-girl depressiveness or vengeful bluntness. But by the early 2000s pop had moved elsewhere, and Garbage's solid songwriting met diminishing returns.

Yet the old songs were memorable enough to draw loud singalongs more than a decade later. And on "Not Your Kind of People" Garbage returns without attempting some major makeover; at Webster Hall a handful of new songs fit easily alongside the older ones. [NY Times]

Garbage's tour stopped in NYC for a show at Webster Hall on Tuesday (5/22), kicking off an unofficial '90s week here in New York, what with Afghan Whigs and that dog. in town too. Shirley Manson doesn't seem to have lost any power over her audience. Garbage have the night off tonight but play Atlantic City, NJ on Friday (5/25). A list of all tour dates is below, along with lots more pictures from Tuesday night including some of the magician (!) who opened the show, and one of Garbage's setlist.

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