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2006 Stories by Terry Sawyer

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  • Various Artists

    published November 23, 2006

    In this contrarian era, where post-punk has rebirthed disco, it seems that every self-respecting band needs a "Hot Chip" remix. Frankly, it's a... More >>

  • Soul Asylum

    published November 9, 2006

    Jamie Lidell is the sort of person your grandmother might lovingly call a "character," someone whose eccentricity and intelligence come perilously... More >>

  • Vietnam

    published November 2, 2006

    Without artifice or the slightest whiff of a scene, Vietnam bravely set up shop in the shadow of some great American artists: Bob Dylan and the... More >>

  • The IV Thieves

    published October 26, 2006

    The IV Thieves were formerly known primarily under singer Nic Armstrong's name. Since collaboration yielded to equality, however, they've become... More >>

  • Jeffrey and Jack Lewis

    published October 12, 2006

    Jeffrey Lewis could be Jonathon Richman's angry little brother. He crams songs with twice as many words as they should have and undermines himself... More >>

  • Faceless Werewolves

    published September 28, 2006

    The Faceless Werewolves should -- if the gods of good taste have their way -- be the next Austin band whose hot, raw licks will get down the pants... More >>

  • Dead Moon

    published September 21, 2006

    As more and more labels dust off long-gone, commercially failed but artistically significant bands, it's refreshing to see Sub Pop fight the sad... More >>

  • Dani Siciliano

    published September 14, 2006

    Despite her breezy R&B vocals, Dani Siciliano sings in spidery movements, bending around the beats as if controlled by Etch-a-Sketch knobs, while... More >>

  • The Sleepy Jackson

    published August 3, 2006

    Eschewing the discrete, alternating rock and alt-country interchanges of 2003's Lovers, the Sleepy Jackson takes a mumbling drunk swing at... More >>

  • Boozoo Bajou

    published July 27, 2006

    Compilations like Juke Joint II are the DiGiorno of mixes, culled with such impeccable taste of inspiring breadth that it sounds like your... More >>

  • Psalm One

    published July 20, 2006

    Chicago's Psalm One is the kind of MC you instinctively want to applaud. Intelligently observant, a gifted collector of details, she ranks up... More >>

  • Some Velvet Morning

    published July 13, 2006

    In a kind-bud-cured Alabama drawl, Nathan "Nabob" Shineywater talks about music like a '60s counterculturalist: part social critic and part... More >>

  • MSTRKRFT

    published July 13, 2006

    What the Chemical Brothers tried to do with stadium-beat overkill, MSTRKRFT (pronounced "Master Kraft") does by proving that anorexically... More >>

  • Aloe Blacc

    published July 6, 2006

    Aloe Blacc has been unfairly smeared as the indie R. Kelly, an onerous association that shortchanges Blacc's depth, versatility and amazing... More >>

  • Brightblack Morning Light

    published June 29, 2006

    Brightblack Morning Light bears a rather striking, but not crippling, resemblance to the orchestral psychedelia of Spiritualized. Both bands have... More >>

  • Hot Chip

    published June 22, 2006

    Hot Chip seems perfectly crafted for the daily hype-fire that is the blogosphere: tea-party Timbaland rhythms, cute French boys and vocals that... More >>

  • Spank Rock

    published May 4, 2006

    If A Tribe Called Quest had jettisoned the bong-jazz flow and picked up where Afrika Bambaataa left off, the group would have created something... More >>

  • Them's Fightin' Words

    published March 30, 2006

    For somebody who just got his teeth knocked out, Mike Damron looks no worse for wear. In fact, aside from slightly chipmunked cheeks, you'd... More >>

  • Kudu

    published March 16, 2006

    The past few years have seen a thawing of indie disdain toward dance music; rock shows that used to be domino rows of the stylishly dead now... More >>

  • Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators

    published February 23, 2006

    I'd always wondered why Gang of Four (a band I like) would have an inspirational shelf life longer than that of, say, the Supremes or James Brown.... More >>

  • Star Power

    published February 9, 2006

    Montreal's Stars have been living a couple of jackpot years. Crashing stateside with the wave of "collective" bands from the Great White North... More >>

  • Slow Runner

    published February 9, 2006

    Electronics are the new orchestras, at least insofar as they allow a standard three-piece like Slow Runner to fold in layers of interior and... More >>

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