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  • 9 years ago | Music News

    Blame Tim Robbins. Sometime during Ronald Reagan's second-term nap, while recruiting talent at UCLA for his experimental Actors' Gang Theatre, the future Mr. Susan Sarandon introduced musician/hambone Kyle Gass to an obnoxious teenager named Jack ...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    Any '80s-era ska-revival fan worth his or her checkered glad rags remembers the English Beat's cheerful way with a politically charged song -- whether it called for peace, love, unity or Margaret Thatcher's head on a plate. Birmingham's premier ro...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    If you don't recognize the name Alexi Murdoch, chances are you've heard his voice: a soothing lilt of Scottish-bred earthiness that shows up in the darnedest places. Take that wildly popular song "Orange Sky." After being featured in films as diss...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    All over the map stylistically, the Sound of Urchin boasts dual stunt guitarists, à la Slayer, and champions cheesy hair metal, sugary pop, screeching thrash and classic rock. Frontman/drummer Tomato, bassist Doo Doo and axmen B-ill and Sea...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    Before launching a singer-songwriter career, Virgil Shaw co-helmed San Francisco's Dieselhed in the early '90s with members of Camper Van Beethoven and Mr. Bungle -- a freewheeling union that produced a few notable punk-and-country-tinged albums f...

  • 9 years ago | Music News

    If socially conscious worldbeat star Baaba Maal hadn't followed his heart, he might have ended up a humble fisherman, or -- God forbid -- a lawyer. Thankfully, he chose the same path as blind childhood pal Mansour Seck, whose ancient caste carried...