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2007 Stories by Tom Murphy

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  • Richie Havens

    published December 13, 2007

    Richie Havens first rose to prominence in the same Greenwich Village folk scene that produced Bob Dylan and Joan Baez, and he's had a lengthy... More >>

  • Light Travels Faster

    published December 13, 2007

    When most bands leave their home town to pursue their fortunes, they generally seek out a place that's more financially and professionally... More >>

  • Agent Orange

    published December 6, 2007

    Though birthed in the dysfunctional cradle of the Southern California hardcore scene, Agent Orange never stuck to convention. Although the... More >>

  • Turbo Knife Fight

    published December 6, 2007

    When the Emmas played their final show in June 2006, this town lost one of its longest-running, most entrepreneurial and prolific punk acts.... More >>

  • Mel Gibson and the Pants

    published November 29, 2007

    What made so many of the rap-rock bands of the past fifteen years so risible is the fact that their music often wasn't a genuine mixing of... More >>

  • Vader

    published November 22, 2007

    Most well-known Viking rock has come out of Scandinavia. Long before Mayhem murderously imploded, though, Poland's Vader played some of the... More >>

  • IX oh 7

    published November 22, 2007

    BJ Serekis, former drummer of the Bedraggled and the Skivies, has finally issued the followup to his 2003 release, The Colors Bleed... More >>

  • The Bronz

    published November 22, 2007

    Once "Mad" Max Rockatansky became an action-movie archetype of stoic masculinity and righteous anger, some heavy band was bound to reference... More >>

  • Saturday Looks Good to Me

    published November 15, 2007

    Recalling the effervescent lounge of Margo Guryan and the early, breathy songs of Françoise Hardy, Michigan's Saturday Looks Good to Me... More >>

  • Tarmints

    published November 15, 2007

    The Tarmints' exhilarating dynamism and hysteria-inducing percussive textures have always been their signature, but this record shows that the... More >>

  • Do Make Say Think

    published November 8, 2007

    While it could be argued that Canadian post-rock was birthed in Montreal, its artistic ferment resides in Toronto. Whereas Godspeed You! Black... More >>

  • The Horace Van Vaughn

    published November 8, 2007

    Those more used to the blues-rock buffoonery of Machine Gun Blues and the breezy pop-rock leanings of the Laylights may be taken aback by... More >>

  • Cody Crump

    published November 1, 2007

    One of the last places you'd expect atmospheric and uplifting music to emerge would be Montrose, Colorado — but that's where Cody Crump... More >>

  • The Helio Sequence

    published October 25, 2007

    John Vanderslice and Flying Saucer Attack proved that home recordings could be just as layered and rich as anything recorded in a "real"... More >>

  • Iuengliss

    published October 25, 2007

    From the opening cut of Wake-Up Time, Iuengliss's latest effort, the act invokes the feeling of rising on a sunny day in early spring,... More >>

  • Silver Cord

    published October 25, 2007

    The first recorded reference to the silvery cord that connects the physical world to the world of spirits appears in the twelfth book of... More >>

  • Black Moth Super Rainbow

    published October 18, 2007

    The music of Black Moth Super Rainbow seems custom-fitted for a Sofia Coppola film. It has that daydreamy, otherworldly sound favored by acts... More >>

  • Weird Turn Prose

    published October 18, 2007

    On stage, Weird Turn Prose resembles the average post-slacker-phase indie-rock band. The players look relatively clean-cut, despite... More >>

  • Thundercade

    published October 11, 2007

    If rap was the new punk in the late '80s when Public Enemy, NWA and Boogie Down productions came along to give it a real edge, then the latest... More >>

  • Sick of It All

    published October 11, 2007

    The frenetic pace of hardcore, the combination of outrage and adrenaline, isn't conducive to longevity. Fact is, most punkers mellow as they... More >>

  • Undersea Explosion

    published October 11, 2007

    Upon moving to Denver from Detroit in the '90s, Jim Paul joined the Christines. And when that atmospheric power-pop band moved to San Francisco... More >>

  • Thundercade

    published October 11, 2007

    If rap was the new punk in the late '80s when Public Enemy, NWA and Boogie Down productions came along to give it a real edge, then the latest... More >>

  • Magik Markers

    published October 4, 2007

    Magik Markers, originally from Hartford, Connecticut, caught the ear of Thurston Moore, who invited the three-piece to join Sonic Youth on its... More >>

  • Slow Crash

    published October 4, 2007

    The whispery, fairy-tale tone of the Slow Crash's music is deceptively fey. Akin to the intense chamber rock of famed Fort Collins outfit Matson... More >>

  • Slow Crash

    published October 4, 2007

    The whispery, fairy-tale tone of the Slow Crash's music is deceptively fey. Akin to the intense chamber rock of famed Fort Collins... More >>

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