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  • Kinky pop from the Subways, protest jazz from the Liberation Music Orchestra, and godhead rock from Echo & the Bunnymen

    published November 30, 2005

    Yes, the Subways played a few weeks ago on The O.C. , but the still-not-old-enough-to-buy-beer trio couldn't be less like Death... More >>

  • Psych Art

    published November 30, 2005

    WED 11/30 Psychologists walk a peculiar line between art and science. Like biologists and chemists, they use the scientific method;... More >>

  • Merge Records' package tour, New Buffalo's Olivia Newton-John sweetness, and the return (yet again) of American Music Club

    published November 9, 2005

    In the 1950s, bands went on "package tours," where each of many performers took the stage for 15-20 minutes apiece. It's unknown if the Merge... More >>

  • Wonder Woman

    published October 26, 2005

    "The next song will have subtitles," Keren Ann Zeidel (who prefers simply Keren Ann) announces from the stage. "If you try very hard to understand... More >>

  • What's in store for indie rock and prime time in a post-O.C. universe

    published October 19, 2005

    Last Chrismukkah, an entire generation did a double take when The O.C. 's resident indie geek, Seth Cohen, uttered the words "Death Cab for... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published October 19, 2005

    I haven't played video games since, like, 1984, when it was all about freeway-hopping frogs and the Atari 2600, not Angelina Jolie in hot pants... More >>

  • Linda Perry

    published October 12, 2005

    In Flight, Linda Perry's first solo album, released in the wake of the massive success of her erstwhile band 4 Non Blondes' "What's Up?,"... More >>

  • Dios (malos) drops dream pop at the Great American, and the experimental Fog City thrill ride that is Eddie the Rat

    published October 12, 2005

    Dios (malos), the South L.A. quintet formerly known simply as dios, has spent the last few years fielding cease-and-desist letters from... More >>

  • Nada Surf

    published September 14, 2005

    On 2002's "Let Go," Nada Surf's Matthew Caws wanted "to know what it's like on the inside of love," and this record hints he's spent much of the... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 7, 2005

    If there were such a thing as Indie Rock PR Photo of the Year, Giant Drag would win it. The band is a two-piece from L.A. -- Annie Hardy... More >>

  • Hear This

    published August 10, 2005

    The boys in Pelican recently released an EP titled March Into the Sea, and the title track is what I believe to be the longest,... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published July 13, 2005

    I knew something was up when Tegan & Sara wound up on the Monster-in-Law soundtrack. Ever since some dialed-in music supervisor in Newport... More >>

  • Hipster San Diego

    published June 29, 2005

    Aah, summer in the city. Tourists descend on Fisherman's Wharf and Union Square, and you can hardly walk through Chinatown without some gawker... More >>

  • Hear This

    published June 22, 2005

    As America's answer to Syd Barrett, Arthur Lee commands the attention of generations of rock music geeks. Though maintaining a sporadic... More >>

  • Hear This

    published June 15, 2005

    Electrelane is an all-girl rock group, but it couldn't be more unlike the Donnas. Electrelane is a garage-y British band with post-punk... More >>

  • Ben Folds

    published May 25, 2005

    You know how Woody Allen keeps making the same movie over and over again, with no regard for the fact that people stopped buying tickets somewhere... More >>

  • Hear This

    published May 25, 2005

    There's some whack shit going down in Newport, and it's got nothing to do with Seth Cohen and Marissa Cooper on The O.C. The Newport I'm... More >>

  • Spoon

    published May 18, 2005

    Here are some things on Gimme Fiction you won't hear on many rock records this year: a lyrical reference to the Christian Coalition's Ralph... More >>

  • Hear This

    published April 20, 2005

    Louisville, Ky., quartet VHS or Beta has undergone marked changes in its three years between album releases. Once thought of as an... More >>

  • Hear This

    published March 30, 2005

    "You're no poem once you open your mouth," Inara George sings on her recently released debut. George herself, however, is all poetry on... More >>

  • Robbers on High Street

    published February 23, 2005

    I came dangerously close to insanity last year when I heard that Spoon's new record wouldn't be out until 2005. I was nearing straitjacket... More >>

  • Hear This

    published February 16, 2005

    Buzz bands from both coasts converge on the bay this weekend to sate the hipster appetite for distraction. L.A.'s Moving Units worship at... More >>

  • Unwritten Law

    published February 2, 2005

    San Diego's Unwritten Law wears its drama on its tattered, beer-stained sleeve. Rehab, girl problems, band infighting -- it's all here.... More >>

  • Hear This

    published February 2, 2005

    In this time of great political peril, the music industry is simply not doing its part. Consider the slew of politically minded documentaries that... More >>

  • Hear This

    published January 26, 2005

    Standing motionless with your arms crossed at indie rock shows is soooo two years ago. New York's Radio 4 , along with bands like Interpol... More >>

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