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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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    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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    Spyro Gyra - Still not a Greek pasta dish

    Though no one's sure of the exact date, sometime in 1974, in the cold, cold town of Buffalo, New York, a young jazz combo by the name of Spyro Gyra hit the stage. Since then, the group has performed all over the world (seriously places like Andorra...

    by Rob Trucks 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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    The Four Horsemen Tour - Coming soon to an apocalypse near you

    While promoters may have dubbed the tour featuring Guy Clark, Lyle Lovett, Joe Ely, and John Hiatt "The Four Horsemen Tour," a better name might have been "Three Texans and a Midwesterner." Or perhaps "The Founding Fathers Tour," as these four sing...

    by Tracy M. Rogers on February 1, 2007
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    MC Lars - Postpunkitude

    Dubbed a "post-punk laptop MC," Brooklyn musician MC Lars has almost initiated a new form of music with his fast-talking, rap-ish songs about pop culture. With his compositions of electronic beats and blips, as well as actual instrumentals, MC Lars s...

    by Emily Zemler on February 1, 2007
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    The Shins - Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop)

    The Shins have gone heavy on atmosphere, light on the rocking on Wincing the Night Away, which only makes it that much more effective on those rare occasions in which they do kick it in more than two minutes into the opening track, for example, whe...

    by Ed Masley on February 1, 2007
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    Norah Jones - Not Too Late (Blue Note)

    Norah Jones may have begun her career as the leader of the new-jazz movement, but subsequent releases have proven the chanteuse equally if not more in tune with '70s singer-songwriter fare, '60s R&B, and contemporary Americana. Her latest, Not To...

    by Tracy M. Rogers on February 1, 2007
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    Style Council - Scoot on down

    Oi! If you're a hepcat scooter kid looking for somewhere to take your Vespa, head for the George & Dragon English Restaurant and Pub, 4240 North Central Avenue, on Wednesday, February 7, when local DJ impresario William Fucking Reed debuts his newest...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on February 1, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 1 Blue Note: DJs Soloman, & Fred J, & guests (lounge, hip-hop) Bobby C's: Willie B (old school R&B) Bunkhouse: DJ Doom (dance) Cat Eye: Punk Rock Thursdays (rock, punk) Cherry Lounge: DJs Tranzl8tr, & Earth (rock, '80s, old scho...

    on February 1, 2007
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    The top 10 selling CDs at Zia Record Exchange, 2510 West Thunderbird Road - Chart-busters for the week

    1. The Shins, Wincing the Night Away (Sub Pop) 2. Stone Sour, Come What(ever) May (Roadrunner Records) 3. Eminem Presents, The Re-Up (Shady Records) 4. Saliva, Blood Stained Love Story (Island) 5. Primus, They Can't All Be Zingers (Inters...

    on February 1, 2007
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    Dilated Pupils - Producing the future

    When I was still in high school in Alaska, I had it in my head for a while that I wanted to be a producer or a sound engineer. I was already way into music. I'd self-published fanzines in Colorado, Texas, and Alaska, but at the time, writing about mu...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on January 25, 2007
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    Mackin' and Movin' at Myst - Friday-night freaking on the dance floor

    The Valley's post-adolescent crusty punk rockers have been getting a lot of camera time lately, so Club Candids hit up one of Scottsdale's most popular clubs, Myst, on Friday, January 19, and the only crust was found in the hair gel of the employed a...

    by Lilia Menconi on January 25, 2007
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    Chico and the Fan - A legendary drummer should go out with a bang

    Updated online January 29, 2007 "I'm the house rocker and the show stopper, the woman's pet and the man's threat. I'm Chico, the Boogie Man." Chico Chism Legendary blues drummer Napoleon "Chico" Chism, Phoenix's longtime "Ambassador to the Bl...

    by Niki D'Andrea on January 25, 2007
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    Anticon Evolution - Sending out feelers

    About eight years ago, the Anticon collective was known as an avant-garde and even revolutionary force within hip-hop culture. Living and recording together in a warehouse in Oakland, California, the eight men of Anticon Sole, Alias, Doseone, J...

    by Mosi Reeves on January 25, 2007
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    Tour de Floor - They make it look cool

    Nearly four years after forming, Tempe hardcore/trashrock quartet Casket Life has no money, no booking agent, and no record label. But they're still having a blast touring the country, getting drunk, and writing great songs that end up sounding som...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on January 25, 2007
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    Nowhere Man and a Whiskey Girl - Delayed gratification

    Surreptitiously, like folkie snipers in the night, devoted aficionados of this Willcox-based duo have been sneak-listening to tracks from their most recent record, Just Like the Others, and waiting on official availability as the lactic acid built up...

    by Julie Peterson on January 25, 2007
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    Ten Dollar Outfit - And that's a lot of jam

    While Ten Dollar Outfit shies away from the "jam band" label, they are sorta like Phoenix's own version of Widespread Panic-meets-John Mayer, and singer/guitarist Brian Chartrand even admits, "I don't like playing or singing a song the same way . . ...

    by Niki D'Andrea on January 25, 2007
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    Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle - Have you ever really looked at your hand?

    Welcome to your Woodstock '69 flash back! While you're getting naked and covering yourself in mud like a dirty hippie, don't forget to grab an empty coffee can and drum along to Mike Dillon's Go-Go Jungle, the best psychedelic '60s-sounding cult band...

    by Niki D'Andrea on January 25, 2007
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    Jack's Mannequin - See you at the Rec Center

    Even if you aren't familiar with Jack's Mannequin singer and pianist Andrew McMahon's former band, the undeniably emo Something Corporate, it's easy to see the musician's innate songwriting talent when he performs. Melding memorable choruses, clever ...

    by Emily Zemler on January 25, 2007
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