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  • On New Year's, the Supersuckers prescribe booze and babes; Les Claypool will be serving sandwiches

    published December 28, 2005

    So your New Year's Eve plans to drop acid and watch Dick Clark's face melt on live TV fell through, eh? Fret not, because local loony Les... More >>

  • Early Man

    published December 21, 2005

    When I listen to Closing In, the new riff-fucking-tastic retro-metalfest from Early Man -- the duo of singer/ guitarist/bassist Mike Conte... More >>

  • The Hanukkah Songs

    published December 14, 2005

    In an unfortunate confluence of the Hebrew and Christian calendars, Hanukkah begins at sundown on Dec. 25, which means that we Jews will have to... More >>

  • Adult.

    published December 7, 2005

    "I'm falling apart, I'm coming unglued," Adult. singer Nicola Kuperus yelps over the fluid, flanged bass line, coldhearted robo-drum snap, and... More >>

  • Solo artists Soltero and ex-Ride frontman Mark Gardener bring their respective low-key rock to town

    published December 7, 2005

    Doing the solo singer/songwriter thing well is hard to pull off. You've got to offer the breathy brilliance of an Elliott Smith, the homespun wit... More >>

  • Morcheeba

    published November 30, 2005

    Vocalists for the decade-old, formerly trip-hop British band Morcheeba are disappearing more frequently than Spinal Tap drummers: Original... More >>

  • 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 >>

  • Videogames and Stevie Wonder compliments of Amon Tobin, RJD2, and "Wonder-Full 2"

    published November 30, 2005

    Amon Tobin's got game. Or, rather, the game's got Amon Tobin. The Brazilian-born, Montreal-residing breakbeat specialist and Ninja Tune... More >>

  • Great Moments in Popular Music

    published November 23, 2005

    For her recently released Throw Down Your Arms, aging (and formerly retired) Irish songstress Sinéad O'Connor teamed up with legendary... More >>

  • America's first true hard-rock god, and Canada's one true electronica nut case

    published November 23, 2005

    America's first true hard-rock guitar god of the '70s was not Ted Nugent or Eddie Van Halen. It was Ronnie Montrose , whose life's... More >>

  • Cheers for Veirs

    published November 16, 2005

    "I'm the ultimate songwriting cheerleader -- everyone can do it!" exclaims Laura Veirs with more gusto than anyone should be able to muster... More >>

  • The Kingsbury Manx

    published November 16, 2005

    I can't even imagine the confusion during marketing meetings at Yep Roc headquarters as the staff tried to figure out which indie-pop niche to... More >>

  • Daring duos! Ladytronners Mira Aroyo and Reuben Wu! DJ AM and Travis Barker! GZA and DJ Muggs!

    published November 16, 2005

    "Evolve or die!" Such was the edict handed down, writ large, to artists propping up the electroclash craze once the marketplace finally tired... More >>

  • Call bullshit on Henry Rollins in our fun-time quiz

    published November 2, 2005

    In celebration of iconic 44-year-old punk rocker, sociopolitical commentator, and all-around media whore Henry Rollins' current "25 Years of... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published November 2, 2005

    The 1972 double LP Nuggets, as many a rock 'n' roll aficionado can tell you, was a treasure trove of overlooked 1960s American garage-punk,... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published October 26, 2005

    There's little doubt that Sire Records is deserving of the box-set treatment. Co-founder Seymour Stein had an uncanny knack for signing punk, pop,... More >>

  • One Band Clapping

    published October 5, 2005

    Answering his cell phone on an early Thursday afternoon, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah main man Alec Ounsworth has pretty much no idea where he is --... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 21, 2005

    Those with a lingering fondness for the '80s -- and, judging by the enduring popularity of Bay Area cover bands like Tainted Love, there are more... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 14, 2005

    Last week, upon accepting his Mercury Prize (the U.K.'s annual determination of the best album of the year from a field of 12), Antony Hegarty of... More >>

  • The 40-Year-Old Solo Artists

    published September 7, 2005

    It's tough to say which is worse: the sadness that comes from seeing your aging musical heroes sputter and fade away as they cling determinedly to... More >>

  • Department of What the Fuck?

    published August 17, 2005

    Renting separate tour vans so you don't have to talk to the old bandmates you detest: $27,764 Printing up T-shirts, hoodies, stickers,... 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 >>

  • Hung's Jury

    published August 3, 2005

    Sure, William Hung's "career" is parked in front of an expired meter, but until he's physically towed away to the pseudo-celebrity scrapheap, the... More >>

  • Hear This

    published July 13, 2005

    Like Queens of the Stone Age, whose Mount Olympus is the rugged California desert, Throw Rag can claim the Salton Sea -- at the edge of... More >>

  • Bang Thy Head Carefully

    published June 29, 2005

    It used to be fairly easy to survive the summer concert season mostly intact. Wear sunscreen, remember where you parked your car, don't eat the... More >>

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