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2006 Stories by Nate Cavalieri

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  • Riding the Fader

    published December 27, 2006

    Michelle Ambrose swears her life changed in 1996 when she and a date saw a couple of bands play behind a Detroit bowling alley. She'd heard of... More >>

  • And A Few To Break

    published December 13, 2006

    Like most records from post-punk and hardcore innovators, the debut LP from And A Few To Break feels like an urgent and necessary... 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 >>

  • From slugs to semen, there's little Matmos doesn't sample

    published October 18, 2006

    Although its members have made musical recordings of petting a cat and the rapid-fire flipping of Bible pages, the best story of Matmos '... More >>

  • Payback's a cinch

    published September 13, 2006

    Bands come and bands go, and sometimes after they go, their members return in entirely new shapes. Singer Matt Suggs, formerly of lo-fi indie... More >>

  • Way, Way Out

    published September 6, 2006

    By the way the line of fashionably dressed people took fidgety glances at their Swatches and stood on tiptoes to peek into the dark doorway before... 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 >>

  • DJ Assault|Anticon|Static

    published September 6, 2006

    Midwest marauders DJ Funk (Chicago) and DJ Assault (Detroit) go at the turntables hard and fast, dropping records with beats so insistent, it's... More >>

  • Trainwreck Riders

    published August 30, 2006

    It doesn't seem appropriate that Trainwreck Riders will likely get lumped into the alt-country taxonomy. Sure, the telecaster pluck and scrappy... More >>

  • Willie on my mind; Dropping acid

    published August 30, 2006

    With late-career homeruns and a relentless "On the Road" ethos, Willie Nelson 's renown has rightfully grown in recent years, saving the... More >>

  • Birds of a Feather

    published August 16, 2006

    The story goes like this: Meric Long and Logan Kroeber get out of a cab on Wall Street. They grab their gear and enter a building in New York... More >>

  • Golden Smog

    published August 2, 2006

    Somewhere around the fourth song of Another Fine Day, Golden Smog finally appears, for the first time ever, as a real band. For years the... More >>

  • Mike Therieau

    published July 12, 2006

    The most exciting moments of Mike Therieau's debut collection come when the Oakland-based singer — a vet of The Loved Ones and Dave Gleason's... More >>

  • Gnarls Barkley

    published May 24, 2006

    Maybe it's the seizure that opens the mega-hit "Crazy" — four solid punches of bass drum marking the track's unyielding tempo — that... More >>

  • Misc. Reviews

    published April 26, 2006

    "Any sins that I committed, I have to answer to God," raps Anthony Alvin Hodge, the 22-year-old Marine corporal who rhymes as Amp. Out of context,... More >>

  • The Streets

    published April 19, 2006

    Mike Skinner's cockney argot and squirrelly cynicism always plays well Stateside — even if the U.S. audience comprises more hipsters than... More >>

  • Song Bird

    published April 5, 2006

    There's not much of a view from the back row of the Central Presbyterian Church balcony in Austin, Texas, but it's clear that Jolie Holland, the... More >>

  • Pretty Ponies

    published March 22, 2006

    When you first encounter the Band of Horses song "The Funeral," it seems innocuous enough. The group's blog-ubiquitous single opens with two... More >>

  • Subpoenaed -- Again

    published January 18, 2006

    Former San Francisco Archbishop William J. Levada's visit to the city last week created the kind of media stir that the powerful Roman Catholic... More >>

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