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    Scissor Sisters - Ta-Dah (Universal/Motown)

    The members of New York-based band Scissor Sisters admit they were feeling the pressures of a "sophomore slump" when they headed into the studio to begin recording Ta-Dah, the follow-up to the Sisters' critically acclaimed 2004 self-titled album. One...

    by Niki D'Andrea on October 12, 2006
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    The Decemberists - The Crane Wife (Capitol)

    Like an indie-rock Bob Dylan, Decemberists front man Colin Meloy prefers a mythologized past to an uncertain here and now. While The Crane Wife touches on political and romantic issues, the war songs are set during the Civil War and the broken-down r...

    by Tim Grierson on October 12, 2006
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    Mofro - 'Fro better blues

    The goofy band name may suggest they have mo' 'fro than any hippie band since Sly dissolved the Family Stone. But even if that were the case, it wouldn't be what ultimately separates the guys in Mofro from their jam-rock brethren. No, where these two...

    by Ed Masley on October 12, 2006
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    Panacea - Drink it raw

    Northern California duo Panacea makes the kind of dreamy, mystical hip-hop that mid-'90s Bush Babees fans would find familiar. They make songs like "Ecosphere," where producer K-Murdock makes soulful and yearning tracks that rapper Raw Poetic chops u...

    by Mosi Reeves on October 12, 2006
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    Yellow Swans - Clinical trial

    The Portland, Oregon-based duo of Pete Swanson and Gabriel Mindel Saloman effectively straddle the worlds of both freeform noise and more mainstream songwriting. As the Yellow Swans, they collaborate with experimental noise artist John Wiese, among...

    by Ray Cummings on October 12, 2006
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    Dashboard Confessional - Carabba's Italian whine ages well

    Dashboard Confessional frontman Chris Carabba has an understandable reputation as the father of contemporary emo, which he most likely earned by penning weepy, whiny songs about how much girls have messed him up. Listening to his albums is generally ...

    by Emily Zemler on October 12, 2006
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    Bloodfest 2 - Dance at their wedding

    Remember Quentin Tarantino's sensational revenge flick Kill Bill Vol. 1, particularly when the Texas Rangers happened upon the gory, blood-splattered aftermath of a slaughtered wedding party? That's probably what you'll see near the end of Bloodfest ...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on October 12, 2006
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 12 AZ 88: Mr. P-Body (synth pop, electro) Bunkhouse Lounge: DJ Doom (dance) Cash Inn: DJ Kat (country) Club Central: DJs Ernie G. (hip-hop, R&B) & Luis (salsa, merengue) The Door: DJ J Nasty (hip-hop, Motown, Top 40) Grilled E...

    on October 12, 2006
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    Goodyfest - More positive than it sounds

    Connecticut's Hatebreed comes out of that whole late-'80s/early-'90s Youth Crew, "We're all about unity and positivity, and we'll kick the ass of anyone who says different" mindset fostered by the New York and Boston hardcore scenes. It has managed t...

    by Phil Freeman on October 5, 2006
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    Celtic Frost - Swiss mess

    Celtic Frost is one of the few '80s thrash giants that hasn't been co-opted by the forces of hipster irony. The Swiss hellions released an inexplicable (and excellent) hair metal album in 1988's Cold Lake, but that's not what you want from the death/...

    by D.X. Ferris on October 5, 2006
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    From First to Last - To screech his own

    Be careful what you ask for. Detractors of the emo scene have complained since guys started wearing girls' jeans and combing all their hair over their faces for something less wrist-slittingly depressing and overall less, well, emo. Well, here it is:...

    by Casey Lynch on October 5, 2006
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    Sugarcult - Less annoying to the old folks

    Listening to tracks off Sugarcult's new album, Lights Out (V2), you would never know this is the same group of four men that annoyed MTV viewers senseless with its Van Wilder-tie-in video for "Bouncing Off the Walls" a few years back. Two albums an...

    by Emily Zemler on October 5, 2006
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    James McMurtry - Lyric poetry

    Let's face it. Most singer-songwriter music is lukewarm high school poetry without the hooks and energy that seem to make the lukewarm high school poetry you get with Fall Out Boy or even Ashlee Simpson that much easier to swallow. Then, there's ...

    by Ed Masley on October 5, 2006
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    Busdriver - Sleeping soon on a floor near you

    Over the course of the past decade, and with four highly innovative and sadly underrated indie albums, L.A.-based hip-hop artist Busdriver built a reputation in the underground by spitting poignant rhymes with a sense of humor set against fiercel...

    by Niki D'Andrea on October 5, 2006
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    Underground Thursdays - Flame and fortune

    Although temperatures might be cooling down with the onset of fall here in the PHX, San Francisco's DJ Jacaranda and the flame-flinging freaks of local fire performance troupe S_T_3 are gonna be heating up your Thursday nights over at Ichiban Japanes...

    by Benjamin Leatherman on October 5, 2006
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    Seven Nights of DJs and Dancing - Who's spinning what, where and when

    Thursday 5 AZ 88: Mr. P-Body (synth pop, electro) Bunkhouse Lounge: DJ Doom (dance) Camus: Pablo Gomez (electronic, rock, pop, avant-garde) Club Central: DJs Ernie G. (hip-hop, R&B) & Luis (salsa, merengue) The Door: DJ J Nasty (hip-hop, ...

    on October 5, 2006
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    Punk Debunked - Rockabilly club

    "This ain't no history lesson," snarls the opening line to the liner notes of Rockin' Bones: 1950s Punk & Rockabilly (Rhino/Wea), an excellent four-CD boxed set. "It's about attitude! This is where punk rock began!" To me, the first and last of t...

    by John Nova Lomax on October 5, 2006
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    Coming Zune - Microsoft shoots at the Apple again

    "Wicked!" Richard Winn exclaims as he stands on Seattle Center's Broad Street Lawn during Bumbershoot, expressing appreciation for the French band Nouvelle Vague. "That's weird I got goose bumps on that one." He pulls up the sleeve of his blue swea...

    by Nina Shapiro on October 5, 2006
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    Studying Stones - Truth at 33rpm (self-released)

    Fran Scianna, best known for playing in local rock band The Sciannas with his brother Dan, decided he wanted to make a "deeper, more psychedelic sound" and left to form his own band, Studying Stones, which takes its name from the Ani DiFranco song ab...

    by Niki D'Andrea on October 5, 2006
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    Me First and the Gimme Gimmes - Love Their Country (Fat Wreck Chords)

    Never base your music on an identity crisis just ask Chris Gaines. Don't remember Gaines? In one of the greatest missteps in recent music history, Garth Brooks attempted to transfigure himself from paunchy Fortune 500 cowboy to pouty goth-rock sing...

    by Casey Lynch on October 5, 2006
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