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    Massive Attack - Here comes the trendsetter

    Massive Attack's Robert del Naja, a.k.a. 3D, was initially known not as a musician, but as a teenage graffiti artist yet his connection to Bristol's underground naturally attracted him to the Wild Bunch, a DJ-driven sound system that paid homage to...

    by Michael Roberts on September 14, 2006
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    Ben Kweller - If Beck were young and cute

    Not many kids can say their high school band touched off a major-label bidding war. But it was after leaving Radish in the lurch at 17 that indie whiz-kid Ben Kweller made good on the hype with Freak Out, It's Ben Kweller, the first in a four-part se...

    by Ed Masley on September 14, 2006
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    Blowfly - Betty White and other dirty hos

    Blowfly's Punk Rock Party is so filthy Tipper Gore might spontaneously combust if anyone ever played it for her. The original nasty rapper's new album is scandalous, obscene and hilarious. Blowfly, the 60-year-old pervert with a penchant for performi...

    by C. Murphy Hebert on September 14, 2006
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    Brian Jonestown Massacre - Fine, not Dandy

    Some musicians maintain legendary rivalries for decades on end try getting Sting and Stewart Copeland to bury the hatchet and you'll see what we mean. Very rarely, though, is a band's epic enmity so huge it can carry a feature-length art-house docu...

    by Casey Lynch on September 14, 2006
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    Dwight Yoakam - And he acts, too

    The most Elvis-like country performer since Elvis, Dwight Yoakam established his cred as a country traditionalist when he kicked off his first major-label release with a spirited cover of "Honky Tonk Man," a Johnny Horton classic from the '50s. Two g...

    by Ed Masley on September 14, 2006
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    Southern Culture on the Skids - Making no promises

    A little more than 10 years ago, I actually proposed to my girlfriend at a Southern Culture on the Skids New Year's Eve show in New Jersey. Why not, I figured there was the onstage limbo contest, the fried chicken the band threw into the crowd, SCo...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on September 14, 2006
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    Andy Rourke - Magic hands

    While he might not be as famous as Morrissey or Johnny Marr, bassist and guitarist Andy Rourke was still a vital part of legendary English rockers The Smiths. Handling his bass like a warbling weapon of twang, Rourke added his distinctive sound to su...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on September 14, 2006
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 14 Acme Roadhouse: College Night with DJ J. Alan (Top 40) Anderson's Fifth Estate: Area 51 with DJ Jeremy (goth, industrial) Baja Tilly's: DJs Richy Rich and Big Latin (reggaeton, hip-hop) The Biz: DJ Robbie Rob (hip-hop, Top 40) ...

    on September 14, 2006
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    Say Anything - No cow is sacred

    When asked why it's taken old-school hardcore/punk band Bring Your Own Weapon, which has been around since 2002, so damn long to finally release a full-length CD, drummer Brett Sandy says "sheer laziness." "Procrastination," bass player R. Michael...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on September 7, 2006
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    Casting the First Stones - Back when they were just The Vibrating Pebbles

    Sometimes it's hard to believe that The Rolling Stones were ever young, but the DVD Under Review 1962-1966 (released August 8 by MVD Visual) offers photographic evidence that the rockers haven't always looked quite so creepy. This 90-minute documenta...

    by C. Murphy Hebert on September 7, 2006
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    Burning Down the House - Accelerated entropy

    Here's the concept behind the Burn to Shine DVD series, the latest installment of which (Burn to Shine 03: Portland, OR) was released August 22 by Trixie DVD: One city hosts a sunup-to-sundown procession of local bands performing one song each within...

    by Rob Trucks on September 7, 2006
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    The Real Alternative - Biodiesel do ya

    While most bands are looking for sponsors like Fender and Gibson, Boston-based band Constants would prefer support from somebody like Wesson or Mazola vegetable oil. In March, the psychedelic indie prog-rock band kicked off a nine-month U.S. tour in ...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 7, 2006
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    Sharp Tool - Maynard James Keenan may not be such a mystery

    Tool grants very few interviews, never appears in its own videos, has a singer who often performs in the shadows onstage, and releases albums full of complex, epic songs that fans scour for secret codes and meanings that the band neither denies nor c...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 7, 2006
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    Asperity - Writing the Pages (self-released)

    Conservative Christianity and post-hardcore scree may seem like the most disparate of extremes, but the post-metal sextet Asperity has that juxtaposition beat. Asperity is tight and professional, and 5/6ths of its members are only juniors in high sch...

    by Casey Lynch on September 7, 2006
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    Less Pain Forever, and Peachcake - Now We Have Something to Celebrate (Western Tread)

    This split CD from indie rock duo Less Pain Forever and pop/electronica twosome Peachcake begins with Less Pain Forever encouraging you to "Throw Yer Babies." The leadoff track not only has LPF's usual quirky synths and Zappa-esque vibe, but also con...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 7, 2006
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    The Album Leaf - Into the Blue Again (Sub Pop)

    The best Album Leaf album, Seal Beach, distinguished itself in two ways: The songs were all instrumentals, and the record was only an EP. On his subsequent full-length efforts, The Album Leaf's Jimmy LaValle has further cultivated an introspective, e...

    by Tim Grierson on September 7, 2006
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    Monstrous - Mother Nature's Slaves (Howler)

    "I'm rich and famous/With a million-dollar contract/But it's not around," Monstrous guitarist/singer Led Gethway brags disingenuously over the luscious, distorto-scour psych of "Rich & Famous." Too old to be Hanson's grunge-punk successors but less s...

    by Ray Cummings on September 7, 2006
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    The Mars Volta - Amputechture (Universal Motown Records Group)

    Gnawing your way through the latest Mars Volta record is always something of a chore at first. The band, anchored by instrumentalist/composer Omar Rodriguez-Lopez and lyricist/vocalist Cedric Bixler-Zavala, turns out huge mind-fucks as songs, mixing ...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on September 7, 2006
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    Gigantour - Mustaine salvo

    Trucks of the United Nations, you're on notice Dave Mustaine, guitarist/singer/czar of Megadeth, is calling you out. "I was watching TV and saw the trucks that said 'U.N.' on them and said, 'Man, you are so uncool, ineffective, anything,'" Mustaine...

    by Casey Lynch on September 7, 2006
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    Th' Legendary Shack Shakers - They'll shake yours

    Is Hank Williams III smoking crack, or are Th' Legendary Shack Shakers truly, as III suggests, "the best damn band in America"? We have no firsthand knowledge, as it turns out, of what Mr. Williams does when he's not making music, but we do know this...

    by Ed Masley on September 7, 2006
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