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  • Calexico

    published March 30, 2006

    The worst thing about grandparents is having to listen to their stories over and over again. Garden Ruin marks Calexico's tenth anniversary... More >>

  • Nervesandgel

    published March 30, 2006

    From dirty socks to Sybian machines, the thrill of autoeroticism finds its way into the weirdest outlets. Johnny Wohlfahrt alone is Nervesandgel,... More >>

  • Jana Hunter

    published March 30, 2006

    Liturgy comes in many shapes, from sacrament to the more prosaic forms of social ritual. Music, of course, is another. Still, few musicians are... More >>

  • The Dirty Projectors

    published March 30, 2006

    The word "orchestral" gets dropped every time some cruddy indie-rock band crams a tuba solo or two-part harmony into one of its songs. But few... More >>

  • Felling Giants

    published March 30, 2006

    "Tree-hugger" has become an almost warmly pejorative term, conjuring images of feckless hippies and stoned CoPIRG canvassers on the 16th Street... More >>

  • Mudhoney

    published March 16, 2006

    In case anyone forgot that Mudhoney leader Mark Arm's true roots are in early-'80s hardcore, not grunge, here's Under a Billion Suns, a... More >>

  • Matson Jones

    published March 16, 2006

    Matson Jones's new EP is basically a brick to keep the door propped open till the band's sophomore full-length comes out, presumably later this... More >>

  • 45 Grave

    published March 16, 2006

    There's nothing like an old-school death-rock show to bring the ghouls out of the woodwork. Expect nothing less than a parade of black lipstick... More >>

  • Haram

    published March 16, 2006

    Last month, Henry Rollins was investigated by authorities after a fellow airline passenger glimpsed him reading Ahmed Rashid's Jihad: The Rise... More >>

  • American Relay

    published March 16, 2006

    Nick Sullivan gives the impression that he could master just about any style of music he puts his mind to. Of course, that's not always a plus:... More >>

  • Portent Melodies

    published March 9, 2006

    It's only early evening, but the smoke in Sputnik is already hanging low when Erin Roberts shows up clutching a beat-up, pre-Oprah's Book Club... More >>

  • Band of Horses

    published March 9, 2006

    It's one to thing to say that Band of Horses is influenced by Built to Spill, the Flaming Lips and the Shins. But there isn't a single sound on... More >>

  • Quadramess

    published March 9, 2006

    When you call the first song of your demo "The Band That Was Sad About Something," you're really asking for it, especially when the song itself is... More >>

  • Folk Lore

    published March 2, 2006

    Good teachers learn from their students -- and Utah Phillips is the best. For fifty years, the California-based folksinger and activist has... More >>

  • Rolling Blackouts

    published March 2, 2006

    Jimmy Page could have written and performed the entirety of Black Is Beautiful -- the debut disc by L.A.'s Rolling Blackouts -- with his... More >>

  • Stephen Kellogg and the Sixers

    published March 2, 2006

    Chris Soucy sure keeps a packed schedule. Besides having played guitar for everyone from Aubrey Collins to Sally Taylor, the Longmont resident is... More >>

  • Rocking Class Heroes

    published February 23, 2006

    "The Two-Man Who" is one way that Swearing at Motorists describes itself. But just as apt might be "The Two-Man Who?" Although associated... More >>

  • Destroyer

    published February 23, 2006

    Destroyer, by nature, is a band that conducts hyperbole. Its music is vast. Its scope is epic. Even its name is foreboding, in that late-'90s... More >>

  • Bright Channel

    published February 23, 2006

    Sleep pumped through an atomizer. A vast battlefield littered with phoenix feathers and dying warrior elephants. Cough syrup used as embalming... More >>

  • Grayskul

    published February 23, 2006

    Seattle's rap scene will forever be overshadowed by that towering titan of the mike, Sir Mix-a-Lot. Okay, maybe not so much. But the sleety city... More >>

  • Transistor Radio Sound

    published February 23, 2006

    "If you don't like the 'scene,'" proclaims Nick Houde of Transistor Radio Sound, "then create something you do like. It's really that... More >>

  • Deadboy & the Elephantmen

    published February 16, 2006

    Deadboy & the Elephantmen's crime isn't that the group sounds too much like the White Stripes. It's that the coed garage duo doesn't sound... More >>

  • The Love Letter Band

    published February 16, 2006

    In the documentary No Direction Home, Bob Dylan comes off as uncaring and clueless about the effect America was having on him and the... More >>

  • Dr. John

    published February 16, 2006

    The grizzled, gray-bearded guy who played piano behind Aaron Neville and Aretha Franklin during their rendition of the national anthem at Super... More >>

  • Subtitle

    published February 16, 2006

    Who's seven feet tall, has flow like a fractured iceberg and gets his paycheck signed by Omar A. Rodriguez-Lopez of the Mars Volta? Giovanni... More >>

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