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2008 Stories by Tom Murphy

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  • Fissure Mystic

    published July 24, 2008

    Fissure Mystic (due at the Larimer Lounge on Saturday, July 26) lives up to the imaginative suggestion of its name, which came to one of... More >>

  • Walden Revisited

    published July 17, 2008

    When Henry David Thoreau wrote, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation,” he knew those words spoke a truth about the human... More >>

  • My Feral Kin

    published July 17, 2008

    My Feral Kin took root in the artistically fertile DIY soil of Phoenix, Arizona, and is currently one of the promising groups across the... More >>

  • The Watson Twins

    published July 17, 2008

    Although better known as the backup singers for Jenny Lewis on Rabbit Fur Coat, Chandra and Leigh Watson are no slouches on their own.... More >>

  • Rachael Pollard

    published July 17, 2008

    Rachel Pollard's first full-length is filled with delicate, melancholic poetry and winsome reverie. While Pollard often sings about... More >>

  • The Siren Project

    published July 17, 2008

    Because singer Malgorzata Wacht moved to the United States from Poland before the term "alternative" became synonymous with "grunge," she never... More >>

  • Health

    published July 10, 2008

    In the past decade, a thriving noise scene has emerged in direct aesthetic opposition to the tanned, fake pretty faces most often associated... More >>

  • Pictures in Braille

    published July 10, 2008

    With emo becoming a justifiably maligned quantity in recent years, especially in the flush of odious subgenres, it's easy to forget that there... More >>

  • A Shoreline Dream & Ulrich Schnauss

    published July 10, 2008

    The latest release from A Shoreline Dream is an exploration of broader sonic vistas than those of the dream-pop wunderkinds' three excellent... More >>

  • Moonspeed

    published July 10, 2008

    The grandeur and cosmic intensity of a band like Bright Channel are both nearly impossible to live up to. But somehow, Jeff Suthers and Shannon... More >>

  • I Was Totally Destroying It

    published July 3, 2008

    With so many syllables in the band's name, you would totally expect it to be an emo band or purveyors of instrumental post-rock. Although there... More >>

  • Ulrich Schnauss

    published July 3, 2008

    As a composer of lush, ambient soundscapes in the vein of mid-era Tangerine Dream and the later recordings of Slowdive, German-born composer... More >>

  • Good Housekeeping

    published July 3, 2008

    With a name borrowed from the journal of wholesome living habits and literary good taste, Good Housekeeping plays music that is both... More >>

  • Social Junk

    published June 26, 2008

    One of the furthest edges of avant-garde underground music at the moment is inhabited by the harsh-noise-and-bent-circuit contingent and its... More >>

  • Johnathan Rice

    published June 26, 2008

    Another twenty-something singer-songwriter from Los Angeles? No way? Really? For his part, Johnathan Rice is more than a cut above most. His... More >>

  • Gloam

    published June 26, 2008

    Gloam's online bio references Carlos Castaneda's notion — undoubtedly culled from his mystical experiences and practices —... More >>

  • Sleepercar

    published June 19, 2008

    The origins of Sleepercar's music is said to date back to the last days of At the Drive-In. The former's oldest song is said to have been... More >>

  • The VSS

    published June 19, 2008

    This deluxe re-release of the VSS's final album probably would have benefited from some remastering, since the levels seem somewhat uneven and... More >>

  • Spiralling Stairs

    published June 19, 2008

    With the demise of Motheater last year, the Denver scene lost one of its brightest lights. Because of its artier, more adventurous use of sound... More >>

  • The Pseudo Dates

    published June 5, 2008

    Denver has long been a home to intelligent, sophisticated pop music. In their relatively brief time together, the Pseudo Dates have established... More >>

  • Times New Viking

    published June 5, 2008

    You know your band is in trouble when it's being covered by MTV and lumped in with a movement called "Lo-Fi Punk." Fortunately, the music of... More >>

  • I'm a Boy

    published June 5, 2008

    When I'm a Boy kicks into its set, you may start to wonder exactly what year it is. Not because the music is dated, but because the... More >>

  • Thrones

    published May 29, 2008

    Though Joe Preston is better known for his tenures in the Melvins, Earth and High on Fire, his most musically interesting venture is perhaps his... More >>

  • Thrones

    published May 29, 2008

    Though Joe Preston is better known for his tenures in the Melvins, Earth and High on Fire, his most musically interesting venture is perhaps... More >>

  • R.E.M.

    published May 29, 2008

    R.E.M. is a household name. The band's rapid rise from the American underground is well documented. But what is often forgotten is the fact... More >>

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