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2006 Stories by Mark Keresman

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  • The subtle arithmetic of My Morning Jacket

    published December 27, 2006

    Imagine leaving an iconic-during-its-heyday band — jazz pianist McCoy Tyner did exactly that, departing the John Coltrane Quartet in... More >>

  • Vinyl's grooves and Alexis Gideon's nerd-hop

    published December 20, 2006

    While the Bay Area incubates much distinctive musical talent, it tends to lose a portion of the gifted to New York City. Take guitarist ... More >>

  • Border crossing with Calexico

    published December 6, 2006

    When Dinosaur Jr. emerged in the 1980s, it catalyzed a new era in indie rock. Whereas The Guitar Solo was virtually anathema to the class of '77,... More >>

  • Laurie Anderson goes for the jugular

    published November 22, 2006

    Exploring lush drone rock that nods to Obscured by Clouds/Meddle-era Pink Floyd, U2 circa An Unforgettable Fire, and... More >>

  • John Lee Hooker

    published November 22, 2006

    There's this blues song, "The Blues Had a Baby, and They Called It Rock & Roll," and paternity tests reveal the late Bay Area resident John Lee... More >>

  • Ben Goldberg Group|Ukelele night|Peter Walker|Ladyhawk

    published November 15, 2006

    Bloomington, Ind., label Jagjaguwar hosts an impressive roster of rootsy, Neil Young-indebted indie rock. Followers of the Black Mountain/Pink... More >>

  • New York's OG glam punks saunter up to the mic once again

    published November 8, 2006

    The Lights prove that there's still juice in certain over-familiar post-punk maneuvers. The Seattle trio's new Diamonds and Dirt CD... More >>

  • Indie Rock

    published October 18, 2006

    I 'm of two minds re: Yo La Tengo, one of the most popular indie bands of the past decade. On one hand, mainstays Ira Kaplan and Georgia... More >>

  • Sufjan Stevens and the Pacific Mozart Ensemble sing for the states

    published October 4, 2006

    Aside from Elvis Costello, there are few performers as all-inclusive as Bill Frisell. A jazz musician and electric guitarist, at 55 Frisell... More >>

  • Mojave 3|Lambchop and Alejandro Escovedo|Supersystem

    published September 27, 2006

    Fans of Mojave 3 who've bemoaned bassist-vocalist Rachel Goswell's gradually diminishing role (particularly when it comes to her angelic... 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 >>

  • Parlez-Vous Faux Franšais?

    published August 16, 2006

    Denver's DeVotchKa, a self-described "Eastern bloc indie-rock" quartet, is similar to the likes of Gogol Bordello and even Firewater —... 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 >>

  • Love Was Here and Now You're Gone

    published August 9, 2006

    Synchronicity? Early July saw the passing of Pink Floyd founder Syd Barrett. On August 4, Arthur Lee, perhaps Barrett's closest American... More >>

  • If It's Not Scottish, It's Crap!

    published July 19, 2006

    Famous Scots actor Sean Connery once damned his cinematic alter ego James Bond. "I'd like to kill him," said Commander Connery, as his work as an... More >>

  • Tenacious Trainwrecks and punk rock Spit-wads

    published July 12, 2006

    Seattle-via-Michigan punks the Spits have long been considered the Northwest's blue-collar DIY darlings. Lead by the wry Wood brothers... More >>

  • Unfold those arms, indie snobs!

    published June 28, 2006

    Arms-folding hipsters beware: Apollo Sunshine is too giddy to sit still to. The band performs like a loose-limbed Muppet parade, pulling... More >>

  • It's a big fucking deal all over again

    published June 7, 2006

    You can't really call this season we're in "summer" until the city's major radio stations host an outdoor audio orgy to kick things off in style.... More >>

  • Alejandro Escovedo

    published June 7, 2006

    Alejandro Escovedo hasn't had it easy — his first wife committed suicide; his excellent, critically praised discs haven't set any charts... 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 >>

  • Vetiver

    published May 24, 2006

    Some consider local ensemble Vetiver part of the "new folk underground" that includes Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Faun Fables. Yes and no... 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 >>

  • The Court & Spark

    published May 10, 2006

    Local act the Court & Spark seems intent upon wresting the crown of thorns from the hometown duke of despondency, American Music Club. The first... 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 >>

  • Birdmonster

    published April 19, 2006

    Most rock bands will open an album with a blustery, attention-grabbing tune that to an extent sets the tone for what lies ahead. But San... More >>

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