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    No Sleep for Brooklyn - Guest star day

    "I really don't like looking at the back of a record and seeing the word featuring a million times," says Brooklyn rapper/producer/label overlord El-P. Incidentally, his new album, I'll Sleep When You're Dead, features cameos from members of the Mars...

    by Rob Harvilla on May 17, 2007
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    Long Live Mock 'n' Roll - Homage sweet homage

    The difference between a cover band and a tribute band is the difference between a slut and a prostitute one just plays with all sorts of people's stuff because it's fun and they like it. The other plays with particular people's stuff only because ...

    by Niki D'Andrea on May 17, 2007
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    Skinny Puppy - Mythmaker (Synthetic Symphony)

    Skinny Puppy's known for its dark industrial sound and psycho-techno compositions that don't follow a linear progression. The doomy machines are still present on Mythmaker, but the songs here are SP's most danceable yet, from the infernal pulse and p...

    by Niki D'Andrea on May 17, 2007
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    Man of Steel - Jon Rauhouse gives his music the ol' iPod shuffle

    You wouldn't think a guy who dusted off Artie Shaw's arrangement of Cole Porter's classic "Begin the Beguine" on pedal steel, no less would say his third release for Bloodshot Records was inspired by the advent of the iPod age. But that's exac...

    by Ed Masley on May 17, 2007
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    Melissa Cohee - Expression (Beatlocker)

    What hath Nile Rodgers wrought? Or was it Giorgio Moroder? Whoever was the wizard who figured out how to make records without musicians has a lot to answer for. True, sampled beats and programmed rhythms come a lot cheaper than those who can actually...

    by Mark Keresman on May 17, 2007
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    Jeff Dahl - Battered Stuff: One Acoustic Mother (Steel Cage)

    Although Dahl's the closest thing the Valley has to a punk elder statesman, the bulk of Jeff Dahl's extensive "three chords and a bad attitude" discography has always had more of a kinship with the glam precursors of punk (Mott the Hoople, the New Yo...

    by Serene Dominic on May 17, 2007
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    Ty Lusk - Live at Club Red (www.tylusk.com)

    Once upon a time, singers and songwriters told stories. Back before Bob Dylan plugged in, "folk" music was just that music about folks, some stemming from oral traditions, others steeped in a performer's personal stories. That was before the "confe...

    by Niki D'Andrea on May 17, 2007
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    Charles Mingus - Tijuana Moods (RCA/Legacy)

    Charlie Mingus bass player, composer, bandleader was one of America's greatest jazz musicians. His ability to bring out the best in his sidemen is legendary, as is the passion and fury he put into every note he played. He cut Tijuana Moods the ...

    by j. poet on May 17, 2007
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    Obadiah Parker - The covers that reveal

    Last month's YouTube phenomenon Alanis Morrisette's parody of "My Humps" revealed what we all suspected, that Fergie's ode to her lady lumps just doesn't stand up to lyrical scrutiny. The marvelous thing about last year's YouTube phenomenon, Obad...

    by Serene Dominic on May 17, 2007
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    Jeph Jerman - Whisper track

    "Avant-garde" isn't the most appropriate label to place on eco new music percussionist Jeph Jerman and his approach to producing sound. Sure, his uniquely captured artistry which doesn't rely upon popular time signatures, written notations, and det...

    by Steve Jansen on May 17, 2007
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    Walter Alias - It's the end of the world as they sing it

    A band that calls its album Examples of the Cataclysmic is obviously thinking big. Walter Alias, a Kansas City transplant from Branson, Missouri, describes its sweeping sound as "cinematic," and it's not hard to imagine the quartet's swelling choruse...

    by Crystal K. Wiebe on May 17, 2007
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    The Clientele - Like marshmallows, but not fluffy

    Last year, in these very pages, I noted that the fabulously suave, poetic, and pillowy English band The Clientele "pulls off the rare, swell trick of reminding you of literally dozens of artists the late Arthur Lee, Dream Syndicate, Mercury Rev, Fe...

    by Michael Alan Goldberg on May 17, 2007
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    Honey Thursdays - 'Cause it's time

    Here's a news flash: Fridays are pretty old and busted, while Thursdays are the new hotness. In fact, we've been rapidly burning up our sick days lately by starting off the weekend one day early (shhh . . . don't tell our bosses), and a fave destin...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on May 17, 2007
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 17 Axis/Radius: Ladies' Night (hip-hop, rock, dance) AZ 88: Mr. P-Body (synth pop, electro) Big Fish Pub: DJ Seduce (jazz, funk) Bunkhouse: DJ Doom (dance) Cherry Lounge: DJs Tranzl8tr, & Earth (rock, '80s, old school, hip-hop)...

    on May 17, 2007
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    Bach to Basics - Because it's not Taco Bell's Cannon

    About a year ago, a former girlfriend asked me why this town seemed so culture-less. She's from Los Angeles and is the sort of girl who likes to dress up and go to the ballet. "In L.A., people our age get dressed up and go to the symphony; you'll see...

    by Brendan Joel Kelley on May 10, 2007
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    Confessions of an Ex-Juggalo - White-on-white crime

    In the suburbs outside Detroit during 1994 and 1995 the years I followed horror-rap duo Insane Clown Posse's rise to local infamy there was, I now realize, nothing more uncool than an ICP fan. In any parking lot, in any neighborhood that wasn't a...

    by Cole Haddon on May 10, 2007
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    Getting Harry - We love the Connick

    The music opens with flowery acoustic guitars double-tracked for a 12-string feel and shimmying with opulent drama, reminiscent of records made in the '60s by acid-hungry British rockers prowling green country lanes in faux-druidic rituals. After a d...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on May 10, 2007
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    Cinco de Mellow - Keeping it calm

    After two weeks without partying, we decided to ease back into the club circuit by taking it slow. Club Candids skipped out on total Cinco de Mayo craziness and hit up a local favorite, the Hidden House, on Saturday, May 5. (Click here for more photo...

    by Lilia Menconi on May 10, 2007
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    Culture Shock - Shape-shifing Japanese rockers Dir en grey bring blood-stained agony

    "I haven't seen a band with that much intensity in a long time." That's what Korn frontman Jonathan Davis had to say last summer about his Family Values tourmates Dir en grey, a versatile quasi-metal Japanese band that has met with baffling success i...

    by Saby Reyes-Kulkarni on May 10, 2007
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    Emperors of Japan - Your Freak Majesty (Dark Black Records)

    Some bands wear their influences on their sleeves. Phoenix trio Emperors of Japan are no exception, but the quirky group has altered its attire. The Emperors wear many clothes. For example, "Reptile," the opening track to the band's first album, open...

    by Niki D'Andrea on May 10, 2007
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