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    The Autumn Defense - Good influences

    Since striking out on their own as The Autumn Defense, Wilco bassist John Stirratt and multi-instrumentalist Pat Sansone have seen their soft-rock side compared in Rolling Stone to Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot and the slower side of Big Star. But the...

    by Ed Masley on February 15, 2007
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    Red Sparowes - Thick and twisty

    Between Pelican and Sigur Rs lie Red Sparowes, whose epic instrumentals have the ability to pummel you, but instead lull you into submission with rich sonic washes as thick as oil and as deep as the ocean. Formed four years ago, the band features Is...

    by Chris Parker on February 15, 2007
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    Helmet - Hurts in a good way

    Do you enjoy getting down to brass tacks? Or are you more of a steel fan? Tacks not big enough for you? Then how about a massive, industrial-strength, steel-bore drill manned by a terse, aggravated drill sergeant? Then you're in luck, because Helmet ...

    by Matthew Neff on February 15, 2007
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    Madeleine Peyroux - Falling over in the forest

    Georgia-born and French-raised Madeleine Peyroux has a voice that could calm crying babies or a venue packed with jazz-hungry fans, but that doesn't mean she puts on a great show. This is not to suggest that her voice which has been compared to Bil...

    by Cole Haddon on February 15, 2007
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    All Girls Rule #5 - Taco's turn

    Don't get us wrong: We're definitely down with all the old-school jams getting dropped during the off-the-chain hip-hop history lesson known as Take Me Back Tuesdays at Stray Cat Bar & Grill, 2433 East University Drive in Tempe. But let's face it t...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on February 15, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 15 Axis/Radius: Ladies' Night (hip-hop, rock, dance) Bikini Lounge: Scratchy Rekkid Night with DJ Shane Kennedy (various) Bunkhouse: DJ Doom (dance) Cat Eye: Punk Rock Thursdays (punk) The Door: Pink Thursdays with DJ Astonish (...

    on February 15, 2007
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    Top 10 selling CDs at Zia Record Exchange, 3851 East Thunderbird Road - Chart-busters for the week

    1. The Shins, Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop) 2. Authority Zero, 12:34 (Big Panda Records) 3. Nelly Furtado, Loose (Geffen Records) 4. Tech N9ne, Everready (Strange Music) 5. Alkaline Trio, Remains (Vagrant Records) 6. Primus, They Ca...

    on February 15, 2007
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    Calamari Volta - The Squids are alright

    The first time I heard of Attack of the Giant Squid, I was drinking whiskey with my friend Rob Birmingham, a.k.a. Fun Bobby, who used to bartend and book shows at Hollywood Alley in Mesa until he left to raise his son in rural Oregon. Rob told me tha...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on February 8, 2007
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    Burn Out - Beautiful boys move to the noise

    Club Candids has been showing a lot of love to the straight folks lately, so we decided to hit up Burn Nightclub to get a good dose of gay on Saturday, February 3. The light-rail construction didn't stop the beautiful boys who gladly pranced through ...

    by Lilia Menconi on February 8, 2007
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    Odes for V.D. - Musicians muster up their favorite seduction songs

    Few events on the U.S. holiday calendar muster the same degree of cynicism in people as Valentine's Day, the other notable dates being Christmas and Election Day. Somehow, this tradition that spans more than six centuries is now just as bad as a reli...

    by Cole Haddon on February 8, 2007
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    Made of Maiden - No such thing as a little too Iron-ic

    Iron Maiden made it into the 1990 Guinness Book of World Records for achieving a sound level of 124 dB (decibels) at the 1988 "Monsters of Rock" Festival. Since the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) claims that 7.5 minutes of expos...

    by Niki D'Andrea on February 8, 2007
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    Best of Both Worlds - Camping with Cracker

    David Lowery lost his share of fans when he followed his days at the helm of one of independent rock's most willfully eccentric acts Camper Van Beethoven with Cracker, a far more conventional roots-rock band in slacker-rock clothing. Of course, a...

    by Ed Masley on February 8, 2007
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    In-Between Green Days - Pre-Idiot gems

    If there is a downside to the huge commercial comeback that American Idiot spawned for Green Day, it's the way that comeback only reinforced the notion that the band had somehow lost its bearings after Dookie sold, like, 40 billion copies when, in ...

    by Ed Masley on February 8, 2007
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    Menomena - Friend & Foe (Barsuk)

    If you've ever found yourself up in the clouds (for whatever reason), you'd probably run into Portland psychedelic-rock trio Menomena while surfing the heavens. The music marvels have transcended the mere experimental rockers of the band's first albu...

    by Drea Lee Rice on February 8, 2007
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    Tricky Bizzniss - Tricky Bizzniss (EsNtion Silver)

    The '80s are back, and Tricky Bizzniss is surfing the new New Wave thing with a sound that's a bit electro, but more self-consciously retro. Singer Trixie Reiss was the voice of The Crystal Method's smash debut, Vegas, while producer Ernie Lake was o...

    by j. poet on February 8, 2007
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    John Mellencamp - Freedom's Road (Universal Republic)

    Universal revived the Republic logo last seen in the '30s and '40s for a series of B-movie Westerns for Mellencamp's new album, and it ain't a bad match. Like the cowboy heroes of yesteryear, Mellencamp still believes that hardworking, honest peo...

    by j. poet on February 8, 2007
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    Melechesh - Emissaries (The End)

    Melechesh's geography which involves being a thrash/black-metal band from Israel comprising Armenian, Assyrian, Dutch, and Ukrainian musicians who've relocated to Europe makes for an interesting story, but it becomes doubly curious when you consi...

    by Aaron Burgess on February 8, 2007
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    The Good, the Bad & the Queen - The Good, the Bad & the Queen (Virgin)

    The opening track wastes no time living up to everything this latest reinvention from the desk of Damon Albarn promised Danger Mouse pushing the post-Lee Perry echo like The Clash in Sandinista! mode, with pulsing reggae bass from The Clash's own P...

    by Ed Masley on February 8, 2007
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    Clap Your Hands Say Yeah - Some Loud Thunder (Self-released)

    While your iTunes playlist is doubtless clogged with songs by bands well-suited to their noms de plume, Philly/NYC quartet Clap Your Hands Say Yeah is that rare act whose name describes the desired effect its music will have on listeners. Frontman Al...

    by Ray Cummings on February 8, 2007
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    Fishtank Ensemble - Born from the jammin' of a traveling show

    Well, oy vey!, opa!, and oh my gosh!, here's a world-music collective that plays an enchanting blend of Gypsy music (two of the five members of Fishtank Ensemble actually traveled across Europe in a caravan as Croque Mule) and other exotic styles, in...

    by Niki D'Andrea on February 8, 2007
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