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2008 Stories by Eryc Eyl

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  • Moovers & Shakers 2008: Backbeat scribes weigh in on their favorite local releases of the year

    published December 18, 2008

    Last week on Mile High Fidelity, my new show on 101.5 FM, I marveled at how we'd seamlessly segued from the station's regular... More >>

  • Jason Cain

    published November 27, 2008

    You probably know Jason Cain as the emotive auteur who stands — or, lately, sits — in front of Astrophagus. On his first solo CD,... More >>

  • Jeffrey Stevens helps Joe Sampson bring his songs to life

    published November 6, 2008

    There are so many albums I buy where people try to put in electronic sounds," says Jeffrey Stevens, "and it sounds like a cheap sticker on a... More >>

  • 3OH3!

    published October 30, 2008

    "Maybe I could be the first rapper-slash-doctor!" As he applies to medical schools for next year, Nathaniel Motte — beatmaker and one... More >>

  • Despite numerous lineup changes, Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak have kept the Dears alive

    published October 23, 2008

    It came in so fast that I barely remember it," says Murray Lightburn, recounting the origins of the title track from his band's newest album,... More >>

  • Amanda Palmer

    published October 2, 2008

    In a match made in piano-rock heaven, Dresden Dolls vamp Amanda Palmer teamed with fellow ivory-tickler Ben Folds to produce this... More >>

  • Conor Oberst

    published August 21, 2008

    While it might be tempting to overanalyze why this record is released under the given name of Omaha's favorite sad son instead of his customary... More >>

  • Shy Child

    published July 24, 2008

    When was the last time you saw a really great keytar-and-drums duo? If you answered "1983" or "never" to this question, it's time you checked... More >>

  • Rodrigo y Gabriela Prove Their Metal

    published July 17, 2008

    Rodrigo Sanchez really wants you to like heavy metal. "Sometimes people don't even have a minute for metal," the guitarist notes. "They... More >>

  • The Hollyfelds

    published July 17, 2008

    “Eating before practice helps a lot.” With a mouthful of homemade pizza, drummer Sam Spitzer is explaining the secret of the... More >>

  • Mugison

    published July 10, 2008

    On his third album, Mugison has fully embraced his rock-and-roll demons. The award-winning Icelander (born Örn Elías... More >>

  • The Still City

    published July 3, 2008

    The Still City's emo-inflected rock has taken a giant leap forward. On Light and the Machines, Ryan Murphy's synth lines are front and... More >>

  • Bird Names

    published July 3, 2008

    Chicago's Bird Names make freaky, folky, psychedelic rock for unhinged minds and untrimmed beards. If you gave Brian Wilson and Syd Barrett a... More >>

  • Achille Lauro Finds Smoother Waters

    published June 26, 2008

    It was the kind of morphine-laden experience where I didn't realize how bad it was until afterward," says Achille Lauro frontman Matt Close,... More >>

  • Air Heads

    published June 12, 2008

    When Andy Warhol made that offhand quip about fifteen minutes of fame, he presaged three major developments of the early 21st century: reality... More >>

  • Dosh

    published June 5, 2008

    What do you get when your dad leaves the priesthood and your mom gives up on the nunnery? If you're Martin Dosh, the answer is: piano lessons.... More >>

  • Jamie Lidell

    published May 29, 2008

    In these days of brand-conscious music marketing, it's no mean feat for an artist to take a left turn and completely reinvent himself. Jamie... More >>

  • Tokyo Police Club

    published May 22, 2008

    With only two of the eleven tracks on Tokyo Police Club's brilliant full-length debut crossing the three-minute mark, the Canadian quartet... More >>

  • TopR

    published May 15, 2008

    In the world of rap and hip-hop, aliases are de rigueur. When asked, however, most rappers will reveal their given names. Jay-Z is really Shawn... More >>

  • TopR

    published May 15, 2008

    In the world of rap and hip-hop, aliases are de rigueur. When asked, however, most rappers will reveal their given names. Jay-Z is really Shawn... More >>

  • American Music Club

    published May 8, 2008

    American Music Club should have self-destructed long ago. Formed in 1982, the band released its first album in 1985 and has since seen more... More >>

  • Dan Craig

    published May 8, 2008

    Dan Craig found time between commitments to medical school and indie-pop juggernauts Hearts of Palm to realize his third full-length album (due... More >>

  • The Succulent Sounds of Dark Meat

    published May 1, 2008

    When you think of Athens, Georgia, it's nearly impossible not to hear music. A college town with its own creative ecosystem, the unlikely... More >>

  • Sirhan Sirhan

    published May 1, 2008

    It might not be the musical equivalent of an assassination, but Sirhan Sirhan brings plenty of violence and aggression to its beer-fueled... More >>

  • Widowers

    published April 24, 2008

    The wait has definitely been worthwhile for this debut. Widowers spent months painstakingly and passionately recording the eleven-track opus in... More >>

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