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  • Unagi emerges from the local hip hop underground

    published November 22, 2006

    "If skills sold, truth be told/ I'd probably be, lyrically, Talib Kweli ," rhymed Jay-Z on his Black Album. It was somewhat of a... 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 >>

  • Berkeley-Bound

    published August 30, 2006

    In the mid-'60s, the phrase "Berkeley guitar" was essentially synonymous with the late John Fahey — the iconic Takoma Records founder who... More >>

  • Hoppin' Up and Down

    published August 23, 2006

    Listening to "Showtape '91," the nearly 12-minute compilation of self-deprecating concert intros that closes the bonus disc of demos, remixes, and... More >>

  • Parlez-Vous Faux FranÁais?

    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 >>

  • Hear ThisScientific methods, stoner rock, and Scandinavians

    published August 2, 2006

    Seattle art-rock trio the Dead Science draws a lot of comparisons to bleak postpunk melodramatists Xiu Xiu — mainly due to the... More >>

  • Oneida vs. Raconteurs: one big riff deserves another

    published July 19, 2006

    Of all the noisy Brooklyn-based bands making a fractured racket on an indie-rock soundscape, few fly their freak flag as high as veteran outfit... More >>

  • On the Rebound

    published June 21, 2006

    Who would've imagined that a poke in the eye would have such a profound effect on a music career? Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch didn't... More >>

  • Lansing-Dreiden

    published June 21, 2006

    Secret society Skull and Bones has nothing on Lansing-Dreiden: The latter, a highly enigmatic New York-based multimedia "company" was founded in... More >>

  • Fathers of invention, from Zappa to Radiohead

    published June 21, 2006

    In the nearly 10 years (gasp!) since they had their watershed release OK Computer and officially became The Most Important Band in the... More >>

  • Touched in the Hip

    published June 14, 2006

    "I always thought I was making dance music, I just didn't fuckin' know that people couldn't dance to it," laughs Miguel Depedro, aka... More >>


    published June 14, 2006

    When not causing a dance-rock ruckus with his bass-drums duo Death From Above 1979, mustachioed four-stringer Jesse Keeler likes to team up with... More >>

  • Time for Torture

    published June 7, 2006

    The two years since the Walkmen released their critically hailed second album, Bows + Arrows? Pure joy. The New York City band enjoyed... More >>

  • Mojave 3

    published June 7, 2006

    Neil Halstead and Rachel Goswell have been down the reinvention road before. Back when they were the core of British shoegazers Slowdive, the pair... More >>

  • Young People

    published May 31, 2006

    It's interesting, yet not all that surprising, to learn that when not working with the bicoastal, avant-garde duo Young People, singer Katie... More >>

  • Stealing riffs and loser beats

    published May 24, 2006

    Why can British bands get away with doing Americana, but when U.S. bands cop accents and attempt Brit-pop, it's just pretentious? Double standard... More >>

  • Slice 'n' Dice

    published April 26, 2006

    At the outset of their music career, nearly 20 years ago, Jonathan More and Matt Black — the now-fortysomething Londoners collectively known... More >>

  • Mates of State

    published April 26, 2006

    Nick & Jessica, Eminem & Kim, Lindsay & whomever ... jeepers, isn't there one celebrity couple around that can keep their shit together for... More >>

  • Ramblin' Gamblin' Men

    published March 29, 2006

    For the millions who have come to worship its wanderlust sentiments, Jack Kerouac's On the Road is a sacred text. The book is widely... More >>

  • Blood, Guts, and Rush

    published March 22, 2006

    "We've got hundreds of friend requests lined up, but I wanna relish this," laughs Steve Moore — bassist, synth wizard, and one-half of... More >>

  • Beth Orton

    published March 22, 2006

    For her fourth solo album, British singer Beth Orton — whose early career was all about merging techno and trip hop with Nick Drake-inspired... More >>

  • Psyched! Helios has some love for sale!

    published March 22, 2006

    No discussion of the New Zealand jangle-pop scene from the '80s and early '90s — a talk likely dominated by such Flying Nun Records... More >>

  • Howling with Hagerty; Scottish indie-pop gets brawny

    published March 15, 2006

    Oh shit, the Howling Hex is playing San Francisco -- which means you and I, we get to stay up superlate and see Drag City recording artist... More >>

  • Dark Side of the Songbird

    published March 1, 2006

    Two years ago, Scottish songbird Isobel Campbell hadn't even heard of Mark Lanegan -- the former Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age... More >>

  • A tribute to the "James Brown of Nigeria"; Robert Pollard inaugurates the Year of the Liver

    published February 22, 2006

    For almost four years, L.A.'s Afrobeat Down has dedicated itself to celebrating the life of Fela Kuti, the notorious "James Brown of... More >>

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