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    Drunken Immortals - Hot Concrete (Universatile Music)

    Before we even marinated our eardrums to Hot Concrete the Drunken Immortals' third full-length album that's out to steal your mind with positive hip-hop vibrations and community-building lyrics there was already word on the street that it was hot...

    by Steve Jansen on September 14, 2006
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    EastonAshe - Can I Drive It? (self-released)

    The best way to describe EastonAshe's sound is "adult contemporary rock." The Cave Creek-based band has a mature sound, audible in rich compositions like "Bayou Blues," which doesn't utilize the 12-bar guitar progressions in E major or A major like m...

    by Niki D'Andrea on September 14, 2006
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    Lambchop - Damaged (Merge Records)

    Albums without lyric sheets can frustrate fans who want to memorize the words they're singing and pore over their poetic meanings. But with Lambchop, it's best not to worry about such specifics; this melancholy country-operatic Nashville collective l...

    by Tim Grierson on September 14, 2006
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    Xiu Xiu - The Air Force (5 Rue Christine)

    If the creepy painting on the cover of Xiu Xiu's The Air Force is supposed to depict singer-songwriter Jamie Stewart as Jesus, it's ironic at best: Unlike the traditional singer-songwriter who plays a guitar and makes sense of the chaos of our live...

    by Andrew Marcus on September 14, 2006
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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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    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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    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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    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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    James Brown - What the funk

    It's been 50 years since James Brown's first professional recording, "Please Please Please," became the first million-seller in one of American music's most inspiring careers. But while the yearning desperation of his early ballads proved the kid cou...

    by Ed Masley 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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    Wayne "The Train" Hancock - Swinging and singing

    Wayne "The Train" Hancock likes to swing. Every night, he gathers up his three-piece barnstormers and travels the highways, serving up his mixture of hillbilly swing, rockabilly, and hardcore Hank Sr. honky-tonk, the sort of stuff that sends people t...

    by Henry Cabot Beck on September 7, 2006
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