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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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    Young Love - If you get the chance

    Watching Young Love mastermind Dan Keyes wriggle his hips behind the microphone as he yelps, "If you get the chance/You must dance dance dance" on the R&B-tinged "Find a New Way," one would never know that he used to be a member of an emo band. Keyes...

    by Emily Zemler on February 8, 2007
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    Tech N9ne - Times three equals Tech Twenty-Se7en

    "I write my life as it progresses, as it gets worse whatever," says Aaron Yates, who headlines Friday at the Marquee Theatre under his nom de plume, Tech N9ne (Blaze Ya Dead Homie opens the show). "I'm like a fan inside this cat called Tech N9ne wh...

    by Michael Roberts on February 8, 2007
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    The Octopus Project - Eight already

    The jokes about tentacles and ink could write themselves, so we won't bother. What we will do, however, is note how gleefully the members of Austin's Octopus Project plow through their glitched-out, post-rock instrumentals. Armed with an arsenal of t...

    by Eryc Eyl on February 8, 2007
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    Sound Trip - Frequently fly

    Good evening, ladies and gents; this is your captain, DJ M2, speaking from the record deck. I'd like to welcome you aboard Club Vibe, 3031 East Indian School Road, for Sound Trip, where tonight (and every Friday at 9 p.m.), I'll be piloting y'all on ...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on February 8, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 8 AZ 88: Mr. P-Body (synth pop, electro) Bunkhouse: DJ Doom (dance) Burn: DJ Jeremy (Top 40, hip-hop) Cat Eye: Punk Rock Thursdays (rock, punk) Club Vibe: DJ D'Anthony (hip-hop) The Crown Room: DJ Gable (rock, house, hip-hop)...

    on February 8, 2007
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    Hippie-Hop - Mellow rap is a soulful groove

    I've been following hip-hop since I first heard Run-D.M.C.'s King of Rock album when I was 11 years old. I'm not a fanatic, though; my sneering, hip-hop-obsessed DJ friends will tell you that. They just recently schooled me in hyphy, the cartoonish ...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on February 1, 2007
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    Party-Hopping Pit Stop - Popping cherries on Mill

    We liked the Scottsdale club life so much last week that we thought we might hit up a new hot spot, the Cherry Lounge & Pit in Tempe, on Friday, January 26. Mill Avenue was lively and teeming with drunkards when we trekked our way to the popular drin...

    by Lilia Menconi on February 1, 2007
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    Led Nuts - When you just have to keep a rock legend from swallowing his own tongue

    It's a chilly Saturday night downtown, and I've just met up with my friend Toxic JuJu to take in "The Phoenix Symphony Orchestra Performs the Music of Led Zeppelin" concert at Dodge Theatre. I didn't know what to wear for this do I throw on some je...

    by Niki D'Andrea on February 1, 2007
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    Unknown Legend - Somebody give Joe Ely the spotlight

    Joe Ely was born along the Rock Island line in Amarillo, three blocks from Route 66. At age 6, he witnessed Jerry Lee Lewis pounding a piano on the back of a flatbed truck. In his early twenties, he picked up a hitchhiking Townes Van Zandt, the now-m...

    by Andrew Marcus on February 1, 2007
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    Diamanda Gals with John Paul Jones - The Sporting Life (Mute)

    In an interview with Celebritycafe.com, John Paul Jones said that someone asked him if he didn't think The Sporting Life had a Led Zeppelin influence. He replied, "Don't you think Led Zeppelin has a John Paul Jones influence? I was a quarter of that ...

    by Niki D'Andrea on February 1, 2007
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    Swift Success - From farmer's daughter to hitmaker

    When Taylor Swift first hit Nashville, she faced competition from many aspiring female country stars with beautiful faces and large voices. She had bigger ideas. "I had to figure out a way to stand out and be different. For me, that came through song...

    by Robert Hicks on February 1, 2007
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    Five Long Years - Great Smoky songwriter

    For all intents and purposes, Mark Linkous is Sparklehorse. And yet, despite a welcome move to a western North Carolina mountaintop and noteworthy assists from Tom Waits, Danger Mouse, and The Flaming Lips' Steven Drozd, his latest release, Dreamt fo...

    by Rob Trucks on February 1, 2007
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    G. Love & Special Sauce - You can call him G.

    G. Love and his Philly compadres Special Sauce may be one of the most unique musical acts to come to the fore of the indie scene in the last two decades. Marrying Beastie Boys-inspired funk and hip-hop with swampwater blues, some traditional lo-fi in...

    by Tracy M. Rogers on February 1, 2007
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