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2006 Stories by Tony Ware

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  • Lupe Fiasco

    published November 8, 2006

    By decrying inflated grandeur over cinematic sound-swatches, this Chi-Town MC could have had a fiasco on his hands. But with equal parts Jay-Z... More >>

  • Cuts Like a Knife

    published November 1, 2006

    The Knife — the intentionally elusive Swedish brother-sister duo of Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer Andersson — garnered Stateside praise... More >>

  • Jazz legends Alice and Ravi Coltrane hit SF Jazz Fest

    published November 1, 2006

    Some bands are good for a brief fling then forgotten; others you pathologically revisit because they've got their teeth buried in your buttons.... More >>

  • Confectionary Danish pop vs. making a Mark Bolan entrance

    published October 11, 2006

    I first heard Danish band Mew at the Spot Festival in Ã…rhus, Denmark, when it headlined over a sea of Scandinavian talent... More >>

  • Good old Unkle James

    published September 20, 2006

    For more than two decades, DFA labelmates James Murphy and the Juan Maclean have been road warriors, war buddies, and "grumpy old... More >>

  • Ladies choice: Sister Carol and Team Dresch

    published August 23, 2006

    For 25 years, Jamaica's Sister Carol has been a leading voice of feminine strength within reggae — music that's notoriously... More >>

  • The Boys (and Girls) From Brazil

    published August 9, 2006

    Though nowhere near each other atlas-wise, Baltimore, Atlanta, Detroit, San Francisco, and Rio de Janeiro share at least two traits. Each is home... More >>

  • Future-Funk Overlords

    published July 12, 2006

    Gnarls Barkley's debut single "Crazy" hit the Internet in late 2005 and was officially released in the U.K. last spring, reigning at No. 1 for... More >>

  • Trading spaces: local promoters' new house of cards

    published June 21, 2006

    The latest installment in the House of Om mix series is a double-length effort from Colette and DJ Heather. Friends since forming... More >>

  • Drum 'n' bass 'n' benefits 'n' stuff

    published June 14, 2006

    "With a rebel yell/She cried more, more, more. Owww. In the midnight hour, babe/More, more, more." OK, so unless you wear leg warmers as a fashion... More >>

  • Slap Shot

    published June 7, 2006

    Raise a glass to MC Naeem Juwan Hanks. "I had a shot [recently] in Baltimore called 'the bird,' and I think it's the best comparison to the Spank... More >>

  • Funk It Up

    published May 31, 2006

    Frontman Eliot Bergman of Michigan future-funk big band NOMO believes that things are funked up, but not funked up enough. "There's this... More >>

  • Let's get Sic; Riding the Gravy Train!!!

    published April 12, 2006

    Pretty Girls Make Graves takes your basic melodic indie rock template and bathes it in a wash of moody textures. On its latest disc,... More >>

  • Jimmy Edgar

    published April 5, 2006

    Like a black box recorder, Jimmy Edgar's full-length debut is rather obvious on its glossy surface but contains meticulous intentions etched... More >>

  • Floating on Vetiver's fumes; Free jazz befriends Four Tet

    published March 29, 2006

    There's music that heaves, and then there's music that sighs. Portland's Talkdemonic performs the latter variety. Its quiet releases,... More >>

  • Fuck me on the barstool: Disco D gets booties bouncing

    published March 15, 2006

    DJ/producer Disco D (aka Dave Shayman) began his career as a teenager in the Detroit area making "ghettotech" records, basically a naughty... More >>

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