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    The Love Me Nots - In Black and White (Atomic A Go Go)

    Remember when it felt as if any band with loud guitars whose singer didn't make you think of Creed was being lumped in with the Vines as part of some ambiguous post-Strokes garage revival? This is what that music would've sounded like if it was real ...

    by Ed Masley on May 3, 2007
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    Jana Hunter - There's No Home (Gnomonsong)

    If "now" were the mid- to late 1960s, Jana Hunter's There's No Home would likely be released on the legendary ESP-Disk label. It was one of the most uncompromising American labels ever, and the New Weird America/Free Folk scene with which Hunter is i...

    by Mark Keresman on May 3, 2007
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    Nine Inch Nails - Year Zero (Interscope/Nothing Records)

    Leave it to Trent Reznor, a musician who probably doesn't need to hype his art at this point, to trump every other viral marketer with the Internet-heavy promotional campaign for Year Zero. (It's a concept record; think the Big Brother mentality of G...

    by Annie Zaleski on May 3, 2007
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    Tayo - Fabriclive.32 (Fabric)

    With a hard mash of breaks, dubstep, and anything else that buzzes and beckons asses to the dance floor, Tayo's Fabriclive.32 mix packs consistent, convulsive shudders. The South London producer spotlights his neighbors when a handful of dubstep VIPs...

    by Dominic Umile on May 3, 2007
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    Swati - Small Gods (Bluhammock)

    Swati, a thirtysomething lesbian from Manhattan, is a powerful singer/songwriter, but her amazing guitar technique is winning her as many critical raves as her songs. Her 12-string guitar has been restrung as an 8-string with doubled B and high E str...

    by j. poet on May 3, 2007
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    Cheb Nacim - Algerian Rai (Arc Music)

    Rai (pronounced "rye") is the name given to the popular music that dominates Algeria's streets and nightclubs and that is present among immigrant communities throughout America. In its original form, rai was a simple folk music made with improvised l...

    by Ernest Barteldes on May 3, 2007
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    Junior Brown - Leave your emo on the doorstep

    Musicians who invent stuff are way cool. There's Boston's Tom Scholz, who developed the hugely popular Rockman headphone amplifier; New Orleans soul-punker Quintron and his bizarro, light-activated Drum Buddy; and, of course, Junior Brown, who, two d...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on May 3, 2007
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    Lucinda Williams - Haunt got that swing

    The most powerful introduction to Lucinda Williams' new record, West, comes not from the languid, repetitive opener "Are You Alright?" but from the liner-note inscription by her poet father, Miller Williams: "You do not know what wars are going on d...

    by Nate Cavalieri on May 3, 2007
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    Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Nailed it

    Apparently, breaking up helped Black Rebel Motorcyle Club more than it hurt. After losing drummer Nick Jago, remaining members Peter Hayes and Robert Been took an abrupt, well-received detour into acoustic-based folk on 2005's Howl, which soon led to...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on May 3, 2007
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    Ozomatli - Fries with that shake

    Reflecting the urban polyglot of its Los Angeles home, Ozomatli purveys a Latin dance party fueled by horns and covering a seamless expanse of hip-hop, jazz, rock, funk, and salsa. The vibrant sound is impressive live, and the band won a Grammy for i...

    by Chris Parker on May 3, 2007
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    Bright Eyes - But you knew that already

    Bright Eyes' latest effort, Cassadaga, takes its name from a psychic community. The first voice you hear as the orchestra makes like "Revolution 9" is a clairvoyant going on about centers of energy, and there are references to cleansing and communing...

    by Ed Masley on May 3, 2007
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    Club Reventon - Latin very much alive

    The piatas and Patrn will be poppin' as the yearly case of Cinco de Mayo fever grips the Valley this weekend, with an eff-load of fetes and fiestas planned for Saturday, May 5 (peep our guide for proof). We've planned out our whole day, wey, and it...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on May 3, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 3 Axis/Radius: Ladies' Night (hip-hop, rock, dance) AZ 88: Mr. P-Body (synth pop, electro) Bikini Lounge: Scratchy Rekkid Night with DJ Shane Kennedy (various) Blue Note: DJ Soloman, & Fredj (acid jazz, trip-hop, house) Bobby C'...

    on May 3, 2007
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    Banned in Tempe

    "Fist Full of Teeth": http://media.newtimes.com/id/170815/ "Penile Drip": http://media.newtimes.com/id/170818/ And, as always, please send MP3's (we post 'em, whether I think they're good or bad), gossip, show announcements, etc to Brendan Joel Ke...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 22, 2006 @ 2:39 pm
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    Radar Jamming

    Wow, that was a particularly uninspired heading for a blog post about one of the 'Nix's only superstars, DJ Radar. Astute longtime readers may already have realized that I've long been a homey of Radar's as well as a fan; I once took him back to my h...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 22, 2006 @ 2:14 pm
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    Killer Kids

    The three-girl, three-boy young'uns (the age range is 17-20) in Eyes Set to Kill are having quite a year. The screamo outfit released a well-received EP earlier in '06 and just recently dropped a DVD with eight songs performed live. Better yet, they'...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 21, 2006 @ 3:22 pm
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    Annals of Mediocrity

    Poorly written, silly-ass press releases are one of the humorous perks of this job; the flipside is when you have to actually listen to the CDs that they come with. Exhibit A: local female-fronted trio Niki Kwik's upcoming EP, No Need to Apologize. H...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 21, 2006 @ 1:38 pm
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    BFH Out...

    Word came to me recently that local lap-guitar troubadour Brodie Hubbard (aka Brodie Foster Hubbard, aka Brodie Fucking Hubbard) is leaving the 'Nix soon to head back to La-La Land. That's a loss for the singer-songwriter set here; as I wrote earlier...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 21, 2006 @ 12:38 pm
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    Hookers and Blow

    I know what you're thinking, but no, this isn't a recap of how I spent the weekend. It's almost the holidays so I had to forego the hookers this time around. Rather, this post is marking a milestone of sorts for Radio Free America, soon to be known a...

    @ Up on the Sun on November 20, 2006 @ 10:46 am
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    Hellas Cool - Martian chronic

    As a music critic, it's a given that I see a shitload of local bands. I also see a lot of bad local bands, or at least ones that could really use some adjustments. Even talented acts around town bore the hell out of me if I see them a few times and t...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on April 26, 2007
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