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2006 Stories by Justin F. Farrar

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  • Various Artists

    published October 11, 2006

    The Hightone Records Story is extremely likeable in concept. The imprint is a hardworking indie out of Oakland that has spent the last 20... More >>

  • Bluegrass Philanthropy

    published October 4, 2006

    Most of us think we're livin' large when we head to Amoeba and blow 50 bucks on a short stack of sweet jams. But when Warren Hellman, arguably the... More >>

  • Misc. Reviews

    published September 20, 2006

    Drop a couple bucks in Johnny Z and the Camaros' tip jar, and the trio will gladly ditch "Margaritaville" and "Friends in Low Places" for smooth... More >>

  • Native Monster madness

    published September 20, 2006

    There's no shortage of modern outfits delivering approximations of the sweat-drenched grooves perfected by the Meters and James Brown's ferocious... More >>

  • Centro-matic|The Leather Uppers|Husky Rescue|Wayne Hancock

    published September 6, 2006

    God damn the humorless alt. country zealots for casting Centro-Matic as a blue-collar indie hero; it takes a hot second in the audience of... More >>

  • Willie on my mind; Dropping acid

    published August 30, 2006

    With late-career homeruns and a relentless "On the Road" ethos, Willie Nelson 's renown has rightfully grown in recent years, saving the... More >>

  • Den Fathers

    published August 23, 2006

    Chinatown's Li Po Lounge — a former opium den sitting on Grant between Washington and Jackson — is one of the coolest fuckin' bars in... More >>

  • Tuxedomoon

    published August 9, 2006

    Bardo Hotel Soundtrack is Tuxedomoon's first locally recorded disc since the band relocated to Europe more than 25 years ago. This fact is... More >>

  • 16 Brash Bitches

    published August 9, 2006

    The Curtains were Chris Cohen's band back when he was just a fan of Deerhoof. Now that he's done his civic duty as guitarist for the... More >>

  • California Sunshine

    published August 2, 2006

    A sun-soaked San Francisco afternoon is a dreamy, almost spiritual affair, even without psychedelics and a chilled bottle of white wine. But here... More >>

  • Brightblack Morning Light

    published July 26, 2006

    Brightblack Morning Light actually sees itself as some kind of rural commune. Its core members sport robes 'n' beads, call a teepee in the NorCal... More >>

  • Noise Sorcery

    published July 5, 2006

    "You were right to give the record a shitty review," Magik Markers' Elisa Ambrogio says via cell. She's referring to my scathing write-up... More >>

  • Vodka Soap

    published July 5, 2006

    No Bay Area outfit is more mind-fuck cozmic than the duo of Spencer Clark and James Ferraro, the Skaters. But regardless of just how out... More >>

  • Bluegrass Buddies

    published June 28, 2006

    Seated at the Riptide, way the fuck out by Ocean Beach — just one block from the end of America — banjo picker and vocalist Eric... More >>

  • Whirlwind Heat

    published June 28, 2006

    None of you should be reading about Whirlwind Heat. That's because this trio of emaciated shaggy hairs from Grand Rapids, Mich., was never... More >>

  • Clear Chaos

    published June 21, 2006

    Of course the new disc from guitarist Mick Barr of Orthrelm and drummer Zach Hill of Hella — the poster boys for a music that was once... More >>

  • Kalas

    published June 21, 2006

    Kalas is Matt Pike's new outfit, and for the Bay Area quintet's nine-track debut he wields his ax only on a single cut ("Frozen Sun"). That's... More >>

  • Stern Grove goes 'Aquatic'

    published June 14, 2006

    Noise: it's hip, it's underground, and a growing number of young people are doing it — that is, feigning insanity onstage while kicking up... More >>

  • Folk Fantasies

    published June 7, 2006

    In the past few years, the U.S. has produced some fantastically cracked underground folkies deeply inspired by such tripped-out Brits from the... More >>

  • Misc. Reviews

    published June 7, 2006

    Since the mid '90s, Providence, Rhode Island, has produced a long list of mind-blowing underground bands including Lightning Bolt, Forcefield,... More >>

  • The devil and death-metalheads

    published May 31, 2006

    Once there was a time when (pick one) punk/new wave/indie rock meant songs purged of anything suggesting proficiency, non-DIY, or classic album... More >>

  • Ministry

    published May 24, 2006

    Leather-clad Al Jourgensen, the man who invented the faux-human-skull-lined-microphone-stand-on-wheels, is fuckin' pissed at our warmonger... More >>

  • Indie Dim Sum

    published May 10, 2006

    A decade after its founding, the annual Mission Creek Music & Arts Festival is back to blow your senses, featuring a mix of mediums that includes... More >>

  • R. Kelly and the Fall of the rock empire

    published May 10, 2006

    Long before David Byrne and Paul Simon got Saturday Night Live spots for their cross-cultural ambassadorship, there was (as usual) someone... More >>

  • A Pigeon Noir

    published May 3, 2006

    Supposedly long gone were my sullied days of crime, days spent as a young hoodlum living in some dying rust belt 'burg in upstate New York,... More >>

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