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2006 Stories by John La Briola

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  • The English Beat

    published July 20, 2006

    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 --... More >>

  • Trainwreck

    published July 20, 2006

    Blame Tim Robbins. Sometime during Ronald Reagan's second-term nap, while recruiting talent at UCLA for his experimental Actors' Gang Theatre, the... More >>

  • Alexi Murdoch

    published July 13, 2006

    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... More >>

  • Moist Boys

    published June 22, 2006

    All over the map stylistically, the Sound of Urchin boasts dual stunt guitarists, à la Slayer, and champions cheesy hair metal, sugary pop,... More >>

  • Shaw Business

    published June 15, 2006

    Before launching a singer-songwriter career, Virgil Shaw co-helmed San Francisco's Dieselhed in the early '90s with members of Camper Van... More >>

  • Man Man

    published June 8, 2006

    For Philadelphia's notably disheveled Man Man, hackneyed comparisons to Captain Beefheart and Tom Waits must be flattering, but they're hardly... More >>

  • Baaba Maal

    published June 8, 2006

    If socially conscious worldbeat star Baaba Maal hadn't followed his heart, he might have ended up a humble fisherman, or -- God forbid -- a... More >>

  • Neil Young

    published June 1, 2006

    Fresh off a brain aneurysm, Neil Young gives the right wing an earful, clobbering our befuddled Decider-in-Chief with a righteous bitch slap that... More >>

  • DJ Z-Trip

    published June 1, 2006

    Heavy is the head that wears the crown. But until criminally ambidextrous DJ Z-Trip (whose mixtapes fetch as much as $200 online) abdicates the... More >>

  • His Name Is Alive

    published June 1, 2006

    Conceived while insanely prolific Warren Defever played guitar for shockabilly outfit Elvis Hitler circa 1989, His Name Is Alive embodies... More >>

  • Charlie Musselwhite

    published May 25, 2006

    Charlie Musselwhite's rural innocence and Anglo complexion made him an anomaly when he left Memphis at eighteen to educate himself at the foot of... More >>

  • IZ

    published May 18, 2006

    Maybe for his next trick, illusionist David Blaine will arrange to have himself sewn up in the rotting carcass of an elephant. He could eat... More >>

  • Rahim

    published May 11, 2006

    The number of pasty young men with petty post-rock ambitions could populate a small city. Behold Mopetopia, where overly sensitive souls while... More >>

  • Cordero

    published May 4, 2006

    Lovelorn Southwestern ballads permeate Cordero's endlessly romantic repertoire -- little surprise, given that the Brooklyn-based act has embarked... More >>

  • Gutbucket

    published May 4, 2006

    Even though the four members of New York's all-instrumental Gutbucket are trained jazzbos, they're just as comfortable bouncing between klezmer,... More >>

  • Parts & Labor

    published April 13, 2006

    Aggro-prog noiseniks with an ear for pop music, the three members of Parts & Labor churn out a melodic but confrontational sound characterized by... More >>

  • Scattershot

    published March 2, 2006

    If anyone said, 'You can have a time machine and travel to play with any band ever,'" declares Machine Gun Blues guitarist Josh Terry, "I'd... More >>

  • Dead Kenny G's

    published February 9, 2006

    If there's any justice in the great beyond, a celebrated wuss like Kenny G will end up working the men's room in hell, force-fed a never-ending... More >>

  • Meditations

    published January 26, 2006

    Every roots-reggae outfit has paid homage to R&B legend Curtis Mayfield -- including the Meditations, a harmony trio that spun out of rocksteady... More >>

  • Zup's On

    published January 12, 2006

    Cooking has always been one thing that I love to do," says Armando Zuppa. "In Italy, my mama taught me everything she knew. I still do a lot of... More >>

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