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  • For ska-punk survivor Less Than Jake, self-sufficiency and longevity go hand in hand

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    For ska-punk survivor Less Than Jake, self-sufficiency and longevity go hand in hand

    "The music industry," declares Less than Jake drummer and lyricist Vinnie Fiorello, "is pointing toward bands becoming their own cottage industry. Which means bands being in charge of their own merch, distribution of records, and production of record...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on July 17, 2008
  • Treasure Mammal/Whitman - Split 7-inch
 (Tiny Panda Records)

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    Treasure Mammal/Whitman - Split 7-inch (Tiny Panda Records)

    If you have wanted to check out Phoenix-based Treasure Mammal, but aren't ready for one of his longer efforts, listening to this 7-inch is the perfect way to ease yourself into his unique (if not slightly disturbed) sonic art. "Ain't No Shame in My G...

    by Steve Jansen on July 17, 2008
  • Fracture Point - Inherit the Downfall
 (self-released)

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    Fracture Point - Inherit the Downfall (self-released)

    Phoenix metal band Fracture Point sounds like a mastodon stampede, but instead of directionless destruction, this beast intelligently winds its way through a well-constructed maze of down-tuned guitars, burly bass lines, screaming solos, and tricky t...

    by Niki D'Andrea on July 17, 2008
  • Three 6 Mafia - Last 2 Walk
 (Sony)

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    Three 6 Mafia - Last 2 Walk (Sony)

    When the members of Three 6 Mafia won a 2006 Best Song Oscar for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," from Hustle & Flow, they reacted with so much exuberance that they made Cuba Gooding Jr.'s Jerry Maguire acceptance speech seem restrained by comparison...

    by Michael Roberts on July 17, 2008
  • Steely Dan

    Article

    Steely Dan

    While parents have predictably freaked out over the social menace imposed by the blues, jazz, secular R&B, rock 'n' roll, heavy metal, rap, and techno, they never seemed to bat an eyelash over Steely Dan. In fact, they seemed to dig the band more th...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on July 17, 2008
  • Cute Is What We Aim For

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    Cute Is What We Aim For

    Cute Is What We Aim For is likely the perfect 21st-century pop band. Almost purpose-built for short-attention-span marketing campaigns, the four gents in CIWWAF focus so heavily on pop sheen, hooks, and scenester touchstones that it's often difficult...

    by Nicholas Hall on July 17, 2008
  • James McMurtry

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    James McMurtry

    Like his dad Larry, singer-songwriter James McMurtry knows characters. But unlike his novelist father -- who penned The Last Picture Show and Lonesome Dove, and wrote Brokeback Mountain's screenplay -- the guys and gals who populate James' work don't...

    by Michael Gallucci on July 17, 2008
  • Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival

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    Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival

    Even with Ozzfest gearing up for another go, metalheads would be hard pressed to find a better festival bill this summer than the Rockstar Energy Mayhem tour. Slipknot -- Iowa's favorite (and probably only) Grammy-winning metal band -- headlines the ...

    by Niki D'Andrea on July 17, 2008
  • The Dark Knight

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    The Dark Knight

    Summertime ain't a dead time as far as the local rave scene is concerned. The particular all-hours party that we're going to be swooping into will definitely be The Dark Knight, being put on by Silent Unspoken Entertainment on Saturday, July 19, in ...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on July 17, 2008
  • Article

    Ear Candy: A Taste of Christmas Pudding

    By Niki D'Andrea Normally, I'm not a big fan of Christmas albums. I get stacks of them every year, and less than half of them actually make it into my CD player (really, I don't need to hear Josh Groban's take on "Little Drummer Boy" or James Taylor...

    @ Up on the Sun by Niki D'Andrea on December 20, 2007 @ 3:33 pm
  • Article

    Lance's Gay Odyssey: The former 'N Sync star lets loose

    By Ben Westhoff Out of Sync, the new memoir from former 'N Sync member, failed cosmonaut and gay American Lance Bass, came out on October 23. (It's surprisingly good.) Over the phone from New York - where he's living while starring in the Broadway m...

    @ Up on the Sun by Niki D'Andrea on December 19, 2007 @ 1:21 pm
  • Article

    Seven nights of DJs and dancing

    THURSDAY 10 Axis/Radius: Divine Ladies Night with MCB & DJ Devine (various) Blooze Bar: DJ El Dedo (rockabilly) Bunkhouse: DJ Doom (dance) Cherry Lounge: Greed Thursdays (hip-hop, Top 40) Club Forbidden: Lips Thursdays with DJs Domenic...

    on July 10, 2008
  • Traindead - Traindead
 (self-released)

    Article

    Traindead - Traindead (self-released)

    The only thing music correspondents are concerning themselves with right now is what's the song of the summer gonna be -- that special confection that encapsulates in 3 1/2 minutes something that's going to make life on a planet that's cooking itself...

    by Serene Dominic on July 10, 2008
  • Sigur Růs - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust
 (Beggars XL Recording)

    Article

    Sigur Rs - Med Sud I Eyrum Vid Spilum Endalaust (Beggars XL Recording)

    Sigur Rs' latest is positively festooned with danger signs: first album to be recorded mostly outside the band's home base of Iceland, first to feature a track sung in English, and the first co-produced by a big-shot dial-twister (Flood, of Depeche ...

    by Michael Roberts on July 10, 2008
  • Mariah Carey, Death Cab for Cutie, and a few other buzzworthy CDs from 2008ís first half

    Article

    Mariah Carey, Death Cab for Cutie, and a few other buzzworthy CDs from 2008s first half

    July is the time of year when families get together for cookouts, kids stay up late to watch TV, and music critics compile their midyear Top 10 lists. Yes, we live for this kinda thing. Never mind that there are still six long months of records that...

    by Michael Gallucci on July 10, 2008
  • Tilly and the Wall

    Article

    Tilly and the Wall

    Omaha's Tilly and the Wall doesn't have a drummer. But the band's figured out a way to lay down the beat just the same: Member Jamie Pressnall provides percussive rhythms by tap-dancing. Yes, tap-dancing. Left to the wrong feet, it could all turn int...

    by Tamara Palmer on July 10, 2008
  • Toby Keith seeks blue-collar cred to net him white-collar cash

    Article

    Toby Keith seeks blue-collar cred to net him white-collar cash

    Country audiences have always been strongly working-class, and such country greats of yesteryear as Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard sold albums based on how they answered the fears of the average American. Toby Keith does the same thing, but with a who...

    by Cole Haddon on July 10, 2008
  • Rusted Root

    Article

    Rusted Root

    This Pittsburgh jam band has long been a shared favorite of Deadheads everywhere (the devout are known as "Rootheads"), as the band's music incorporates world-music percussion and touches of bluegrass, but leaves room for improvisational jams. Some o...

    by Niki D'Andrea on July 10, 2008
  • Wolf Parade bites back at critiques of At Mount Zoomer

    Article

    Wolf Parade bites back at critiques of At Mount Zoomer

    Montreal indie-rock quintet Wolf Parade -- relentlessly championed by Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock -- made a huge splash in 2005 with their exhilarating debut full-length, Apologies to the Queen Mary. Three years later, they're back with a follo...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on July 10, 2008
  • Switch Wednesdays

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    Switch Wednesdays

    We were surfing through DJ Tranzit's impressive-looking MySpace page (www.myspace.com/tranzit) the other day, and besides being amused by the house music maestro's catchphrases ("Some people call it a dance floor. I call it my office"), we peeped a p...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on July 10, 2008
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