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2007 Stories by Tony Ware

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  • Boys Noize

    published December 19, 2007

    Berlin producer Alex "Boys Noize" Ridha believes in the concept of the sweet spot. His music provides no duck and weave — there is only a... More >>

  • Prefuse 73

    published December 5, 2007

    The production work of Scott Herren began as a study in diametric personalities. The Brooklyn- and Atlanta-based producer emerged full-force in... More >>

  • What the Christ Was That? Skeleton Key Makes a Junk-Rock Racket

    published November 21, 2007

    Twenty-one years after his debut, Kenneth Edmonds looks youthful enough to still be called Babyface. Thankfully, his songs have matured... More >>

  • The Warlocks

    published November 14, 2007

    As astral planes go, that of the Warlocks takes after Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose: it's part visionary, but mostly indulgent. The Los... More >>

  • Jersey Boys

    published October 24, 2007

    Like oil and pharmaceutical tankers in the New Jersey night, two of the Garden State's other greatest exports are passing one another on... More >>

  • Brain-Teasing

    published October 24, 2007

    It's rare to find musicians who don't claim to put blood, sweat, and tears into their craft. Dan Snaith, however, is offering to bring... More >>

  • DJ Vadim Ditches Breakbeat for Dub on 'The Soundcatcher'

    published October 17, 2007

    German techno duo Modeselektor (Gernot Bronsert and Sebastian Szary) has one hell of a Rolodex. On their latest release, Happy... More >>

  • Hear This

    published October 10, 2007

    A Boston-based gang of indie rockers reveling in '80s hair metal, Bang Camaro comes off like the infernal spawn of the Polyphonic Spree... More >>

  • Paul Van Dyk: hardest working Berliner in showbiz

    published September 26, 2007

    With the passing of James Brown late last year, Berlin's superstar DJ Paul Van Dyk might now assume the title of hardest-working man in... More >>

  • The Bravery Far from Bold

    published September 12, 2007

    With FutureSex/LoveSounds, Justin Timberlake gained an unlikely spot as the present king of R&B, a position that he seems... More >>

  • Animal Collective's Panoramic Kingdom

    published September 12, 2007

    Sir David Attenborough, the British naturalist celebrated for his BBC Life series, has captured many compelling images of existence.... More >>

  • Reggae, raw funk, and Afro-Latin grooves are "Hella Tight"

    published September 5, 2007

    Underworld's last effort, the 2002 album A Hundred Days Off, showed the group sounding disjointed as it pinged aimlessly between... More >>

  • Beat Box

    published August 29, 2007

    You can either use or abuse what you're given, and since San Francisco's thing is foggy maritime moodiness, it's no surprise that an industry... More >>

  • Hear This

    published August 29, 2007

    It wasn't until Chromatics ringleader Adam Miller split with the band's other founding members that he began mastering a different form... More >>

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs

    published August 15, 2007

    The best Yeah Yeah Yeahs songs have always felt like a balling or a brawling, and oftentimes both. Since emerging in 2000, the serrated... More >>

  • Blank Film

    published August 15, 2007

    Kraftwerk's distant cousin, French mecho-organic duo Daft Punk, wishes you were here, and by "here," we mean stoned within the panel-by-panel... More >>

  • House Special 2007

    published August 15, 2007

    An informal evening of dance, food, and great conversation, following invited artists' completion of a two-week, rehearsal period. More >>

  • Bad Religion

    published August 8, 2007

    New Maps of Hell, Bad Religion's 14th original studio album, does an admirable job proving that the L.A. sextet is still the epitome of a... More >>

  • All '80s all week: Chromeo and "Prince vs. Michael Jackson"

    published July 18, 2007

    S.F. DJs Dave Paul and Jeff Harris recently received the sincerest form of flattery when their popular monthly "Prince vs. Michael... More >>

  • Erasure

    published June 27, 2007

    Synth-pop pioneers Vince Clarke and Andy Bell don't go for a spot of revisionism throughout Light at the End of the World, the newest... More >>

  • Digesting DJ Food's druggy, thuggy, spacey, racy turntablism

    published June 20, 2007

    DJ Food & DK are kings of the breakbeat and the freak beat, using a quick mix style to bustle along hip hop's backbone and graft it to... More >>

  • Modern R&B balladeer Ne-Yo slides into S.F.

    published June 13, 2007

    Decatur, Georgia's Whild Peach delivers nasty funk just the way George Clinton intended. Its groove is so irresistible that OutKast has... More >>

  • The Pipettes doll up pop in polka dots

    published June 6, 2007

    The ironic title of Lucinda Williams ' 1980 album Happy Woman Blues sums up the contradictions of this mercurial artist. She... More >>

  • They coulda been OutKasts: Kentucky's CunninLynguists

    published May 23, 2007

    The OutKast comparisons buzzing around Lexington, Ky., duo CunninLynguists might've been louder were it not for the latter's misleading... More >>

  • Stacy's Mom vs. Yolanda at the DMV counter

    published April 25, 2007

    Japan's Mono balances the feral and the fastidious. On previous albums, the post-rock quartet has released oppressive swarms of... More >>

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