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2011 Stories by Chris Parker

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  • Everlast @ Roxy Lounge

    published November 17, 2011

    Everlast is like Kid Rock for the indie set, a onetime rapper who's embraced roots music and proved to be an evocative performer. His gruff... More >>

  • The Sun Shines Through Blitzen Trapper's Rootsy Reflection

    published October 6, 2011

    There's a rollicking charm to Blitzen Trapper's blend of folk and classic rock that suggests a summer day. Perhaps it's the bright, sunny '60s... More >>

  • How Death Cab Got Its Groove Back

    published August 11, 2011

    Some bands ride a rollercoaster of popularity, with a steep climb quickly followed by a period when — absent a radio hit — the... More >>

  • A Perfect Circle @ Comerica Theatre

    published July 21, 2011

    Though each of Maynard James Keenan's various projects is informed by hard rock, they're most notable for how they subvert the formula. A... More >>

  • Ben Folds Is No Misogynist

    published July 14, 2011

    There's hardly a subject that escapes Ben Folds' wit. From style faux pas ("For Those of Y'all Who Wear Fannie Packs") to apathetic scenesters... More >>

  • Face to Face, & Strung Out @ Nile Theater

    published June 30, 2011

    Though they never achieved the notoriety enjoyed by some '90s Cali punk peers, Face to Face's fans are legion among the punk faithful,... More >>

  • Airborne Toxic Event

    published June 9, 2011

    The Airborne Toxic Event's pulsing, chilly music — with the moody sweep and swirling keyboards of '80s dark-wave revivalists such as the... More >>

  • The Dodos @ The Duce

    published March 10, 2011

    San Francisco duo The Dodos' bright, intricately rhythmic music quilts together influences ranging from Afro-pop and folk-psych to... More >>

  • Emelie Autumn @ Nile Theater

    published March 3, 2011

    Autumn's Victorian rock operas offer surprisingly poppy burlesque-glam — imagine a coned-tit-era Madonna gone goth. Rasputina and Dresden... More >>

  • Rocky Votolato @ The Rhythm Room

    published February 24, 2011

    Rocky Votolato's music has a hushed, strummy ambiance and bittersweet, minor key melodies that recall Elliott Smith — albeit with more... More >>

  • Scott H. Biram @ Rhythm Room

    published February 10, 2011

    There's something to be said for consistency — at least that's what you take away from Scott H. Biram's song "Still Drunk, Still Crazy,... More >>

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