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  • Grand Buffet

    published December 27, 2007

    "There's plenty of races on God's green planet, that doesn't mean you have to breed with them, goddammit," rap unrepentant wiseacres Grand Buffet... More >>

  • Your Brain on Music

    published December 20, 2007

    How does music engage and touch us so deeply? Why is its presence so intrinsic to what we do? It's everywhere, from stereos and headphones to... More >>

  • A Wilhelm Scream

    published December 13, 2007

    A cross between the melodic punk of Lawrence Arms and the churning hardcore of Rise Against, AWS combine a high quotient of both heft and hooks.... More >>

  • Ben Lee

    published December 6, 2007

    Where do you go when the cute wears off? Lee's teenage band, Noise Addict, overflowed with precocious charm epitomized by his humorous ode to Evan... More >>

  • Eyedea & Abilities

    published November 29, 2007

    This Minneapolis duo has been a team since their teens, when DJ Abilities left home, and Eyedea's mom put him up in their basement, where their... More >>

  • Heavy Trash

    published November 1, 2007

    Regardless of where you plop Jon Spencer — Pussy Galore, the Blues Explosion, Boss Hog, or Heavy Trash, his current partnership with Matt... More >>

  • Cornpone Hipsters

    published October 25, 2007

    Like looking at a middle-aged man's comb-over, sometimes we have to stare into another's mirrored shades to appreciate the ridiculousness of our... More >>

  • Guitar Shorty

    published October 25, 2007

    He played with some of the best when he was just 17: Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Otis Rush, B.B. King and T-Bone Walker. Guitar Shorty (born David... More >>

  • Matt Pond PA

    published October 18, 2007

    Frontman Matt Pond doesn't care for the term "chamber pop," and it's a loose fit. His band's sound is more Delgados than Belle & Sebastian, which... More >>

  • Martin Sexton

    published October 11, 2007

    Two things separate real musicians from wanna-bes — the willingness to tour without quarter, and the head-down attitude to plow forward,... More >>

  • Turbo Charged

    published October 4, 2007

    Like commandos descending from helicopters in the night, Turbonegro's boisterous irreverence lands just in time to deliver a pinprick of humor to... More >>

  • Sheer Samson

    published September 27, 2007

    Call him the John Darnielle of the North. Like the Mountain Goats' songsmith, John Samson of Winnipeg, Canada, has a high, reedy voice, modestly... More >>

  • Underoath

    published September 27, 2007

    One of the biggest surprises of the past few years is Christian metalcore act Underoath, who've sold almost a million copies of 2004's breakout... More >>

  • Not Dead

    published September 20, 2007

    Whatever animates Riverboat Gamblers lead singer Mike Wiebe, the audience is giving him a wide berth lest it prove contagious. Dragging the mic... More >>

  • The Dorsets

    published September 13, 2007

    Put them in suits and give them bowl haircuts, because from the sweet harmonies to the charismatic melodies, this Phoenix quartet channels the... More >>

  • Peter Bjorn and John

    published September 13, 2007

    Swedish imports (as if the name wasn't a giveaway) PB&J have been making music together for eight years, but it took their third and latest... More >>

  • The Liars Handshake

    published September 6, 2007

    Drawing on a raw, ragged roots-punk ethos that's served everyone from The Pogues to Against Me!, Tempe's Liars Handshake stokes the same... More >>

  • John Vanderslice, and The Bowerbirds

    published September 6, 2007

    John Vanderslice is a generally unnoted musical impresario whose versatility, talent, and intelligence make it seemingly impossible for him to... More >>

  • Childish Ambitions

    published August 30, 2007

    To some, Billy Childish will come off as a crank. He's outspoken and has little patience for authority or institutions. It's the reason he was... More >>

  • Scary Kids Scaring Kids

    published August 23, 2007

    No one can accuse Gilbert's Scary Kids Scaring Kids of lacking ambition. The local sextet's self-titled second album is an epic song cycle... More >>

  • The Detroit Cobras

    published August 9, 2007

    Rachel Nagy is a strong, sexy frontwoman. Her vocals canter, strut, and shimmy with the knowing look of the much-adored — half coquettish... More >>

  • Offbeat, But Right On

    published August 2, 2007

    Curly, raven-haired Annie Clark (a.k.a. St. Vincent) is a beautiful dork and potential prom queen of the science and math magnet school, seemingly... More >>

  • Big, Rotten Apple

    published August 2, 2007

    It took the hills of Tennessee to shake The Comas' singer and guitarist, Andy Herod, of his bad habits. But the story goes back farther, to 2004's... More >>

  • Pterodactyl

    published August 2, 2007

    The difference between noise and noisy rock is in the ear of the beholder, something Pterodactyl realized after initially aping a drunken,... More >>

  • Street Dogs, and The Tossers

    published July 26, 2007

    This bill features a pair of bands noteworthy for their rousing style and lively stage presence. Hailing from Chicago's Irish South Side, The... More >>

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