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2008 Stories by Phil Freeman

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  • Cambodian Fever

    published December 31, 2008

    Dengue Fever is one of America's weirder bands. The group comprises five slightly grungy indie boys playing music that combines... More >>

  • Metallica: Metal heroes once more

    published December 17, 2008

    "We will always be a Bay Area band till the day I die," Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett says with heartfelt emphasis. "We pride ourselves as... More >>

  • Anthony Braxton

    published November 5, 2008

    Saxophonist/composer Anthony Braxton's reputation as one of jazz's most intellectually rigorous avant-gardists was well established by 1974,... More >>

  • Metallica

    published September 17, 2008

    It's great to hear guitarist Kirk Hammett soloing again, and Lars Ulrich pounding a kit that sound like drums instead of trash-can lids. And... More >>

  • Tricky

    published September 10, 2008

    After the seething, explosive brilliance of Tricky's first two albums, 1995's Maxinquaye and 1996's Pre-Millennium Tension,... More >>

  • Lee "Scratch" Perry

    published August 27, 2008

    Onstage and in interviews, Lee "Scratch" Perry's persona is a mix of giddy surrealism, folk wisdom, apocalyptic theology, and simple crudity... More >>

  • Black Stars:

    published June 4, 2008

    The image of African music, as seen through American eyes, goes through phases. Right now, we're experiencing a retro moment: It would be easy... More >>

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