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2007 Stories by Maya Kroth

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  • Black Francis

    published October 10, 2007

    Frank Black's solo material has failed to find the mega-audience the Pixies enjoyed, but his last two countrified albums at least demonstrated... More >>

  • Hear This

    published October 10, 2007

    A Boston-based gang of indie rockers reveling in '80s hair metal, Bang Camaro comes off like the infernal spawn of the Polyphonic Spree... More >>

  • Minnie Trooper

    published August 8, 2007

    With her latest disc, Seastories, actress-turned-singer Minnie Driver proves she's not just another actor — OK, I know, you're bored... More >>

  • Original smooth crooner Johnny Mathis returns to the stage

    published July 18, 2007

    Some Queens of the Stone Age fans still rue the day that bassist Nick Oliveri got the heave-ho from the band back in 2004. But the punk quickly... More >>

  • Rocky Votolato

    published July 11, 2007

    Written while Seattle's Rocky Votolato was on tour, The Brag and Cuss is the singer's version of a road record. The lyrics are drenched in... More >>

  • French electro-rock luminary Richard Pinhas graces the States

    published June 27, 2007

    A friend once described the National as the ideal band to spin when you're alone and wallowing in misery. It's a fair assessment: Matt... More >>

  • Dinner With Leslie

    published June 20, 2007

    You may never get a second chance to make a first impression, but really it's the second impression that counts. Like with dating: The initial... More >>

  • Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble

    published June 6, 2007

    You know those house parties that inevitably wind up as drunken 3 a.m. jams? Imagine that scenario, except instead of your glassy-eyed friends... More >>

  • Two! Hyped! Bands! In! One! Week!

    published May 30, 2007

    Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn describes his band's brand of verbose, guitar-driven splendor as "classic rock with a small ‘c'."... More >>

  • Spoon-feeding the buzz: indie's underdogs coming out on top

    published May 23, 2007

    Though Austin's Spoon has been cranking out brainy indie rock since 1994, it wasn't until recently that it became coveted by a broader... More >>

  • First Vintage

    published April 18, 2007

    Listen to Amy Winehouse and think the Shirelles. Billie Holliday. Nina Simone. Picture a depressive, impassioned woman of color and of size,... More >>

  • The blissful strings 'n' things of Amiina

    published April 11, 2007

    For the past eight years, Amiina has been best known as Sigur Rós' string section. Since 2005, however, the Icelandic act has also... More >>

  • Harmonic Convergence

    published March 28, 2007

    Inara George seems touched that the audience was singing along during her band's showcase at industry schmoozefest SXSW. "It was late, though,"... More >>

  • Amy Winehouse

    published March 28, 2007

    With the same warm, horn-propelled classic soul that Cat Power copped on her last record, Amy Winehouse's U.S. debut Back to Black at first... More >>

  • Noise Pop Tip Sheet

    published February 21, 2007

    If it seems that indie kids' wallets are slimmer than usual this week, it's because the annual Noise Pop fest is upon us. Now in its 15th year,... More >>

  • Homeward Bound

    published January 17, 2007

    Emily Haines, Metric's firecracker of a frontwoman, knows that people find her new solo record to be, well, really sad. "It makes me think... More >>

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