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  • Blogs

    December 16, 2010

    10 of 2010's Best Indie Songs

    Future Islands' Sam Herring​More lists? More lists, indeed. This time around I'm dealing with my ten best (read: favorite) songs from 2010. Pitchfork whittled their own list down to "Round And Round" by Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti and NME went with "Spanish Sahara" by Foals. Both are fine choice ... More >>

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    December 15, 2009

    Concert Review: The Shaky Hands and the Rural Alberta Advantage

    ​It was a blistering cold winter night in Phoenix and it seemed like a bunch of folks opted to stay home instead of catch locals Yellow Minute support touring acts the Shaky Hands and the Rural Alberta Advantage at the Rhythm Room last night. I had bundled up and gotten to the venue (after a pit-s ... More >>

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    September 3, 2009
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    May 28, 2009

    California Grrls

    Band brings slice of L.A. punk scene to the Valley

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    May 21, 2009
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    May 21, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 1, 2009

    Amazon Trots out Their "100 Greatest Indie Rock Albums of All Time"

    Amazon takes their shot at indie rock's 100 greatest albumsThe fine folks over at decided that the time was ripe to assemble a list of the best indie rock albums of all time. Indie rock is a genre either really easy to define or kind of confusing to define, but that sentiment did not hol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2008

    Top Ten Americana Albums of 2008

    By Noah W. Bailey Picking the best folk and Americana records of the year isn't nearly as hard as discarding those great records that just didn't feel right stuck in the category. Releases by Calexico and DeVotchKa felt far too worldly to pigeonhole as folk or country, for instance, while Blitzen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2008

    Top Ten Indie Rock Albums of 2008

    By Michael Roberts In 2008, independent rock returned to the underground, where it belongs. Given the grand catastrophe that is today's record industry, most major-label executives don't have the time or energy to convince music fans they might like something a little out of the ordinary. They're t ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 26, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 12, 2007

    Elliott Lives

    Well, Elliott Smith's not with us in the physical world any longer, but, especially for those of us who got to know him at least briefly, he's still living in his beautiful songs, a double-CD of which is being released in a few weeks on May 8 (which I dig, because that makes a great birthday gift fo ... More >>

  • Music

    March 1, 2007
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    September 21, 2006

    Indie Beginning

    Small local label ready to make big statement

  • Music

    June 8, 2006

    Various Artists

    The Sound the Hare Heard
    (Kill Rock Stars)

  • Music

    February 2, 2006

    Jeff Hanson

    Strong but tender

  • Music

    January 5, 2006

    A Pack of Mutts

    Music's "designer dogs"

  • Music

    April 7, 2005
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    November 11, 2004

    What's Selling

    Top 10 selling CDs at Eastside Records

  • Music

    July 15, 2004

    Mouse Trap

    Modest Mouse: On the Mellow Tip

  • Music

    January 8, 2004

    Suicide Squeeze is this punk-rock kid's wet dream come true

  • Music

    October 30, 2003

    XO, Elliott

    Elliott Smith, 1969-2003

  • Best of Phoenix

    September 18, 2003
  • Music

    July 31, 2003


    Enter into an eerie haiku dream world

  • Calendar

    June 12, 2003

    Tough Love

    Drinkers get strong-armed at Iguana Mack's

  • Music

    January 23, 2003

    Big Bang Boom

    Bangs sticks its punk right in your face -- but insists it has no agenda

  • News

    January 2, 2003

    The Bad: And a Few Stunk . . .

    One writer scrapes his $1 bin for the worst records of the year

  • Calendar

    November 21, 2002

    Horny Plenty

    Arkansas punks get in the mood

  • Music

    December 6, 2001

    Day Break

    Before they hooked up with Vagrant Records, Saves the Day were obscure pop-punks. Now they're the hottest indie-rock band around.

  • Music

    February 1, 2001

    Flashing Red

    New compilation finds the local indie scene burning brightly

  • Music

    June 1, 2000

    Brotherly Luv

    Underground Empire and rap supergroup The Ten Commandments find favor in Philly

  • Music

    April 6, 2000

    Modern Day Calvinism

    A new documentary recounts how a small band of insurgents led by musician and K Records co-founder Calvin Johnson helped fashion a punk-rock revolution

  • Music

    September 10, 1998

    Backdoor Men

    Pansy Division takes its queercore aesthetic into the realm of mature pop-rock

  • Music

    September 3, 1998
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    June 11, 1998

    Send In the Clones

    Man . . . or Astroman? reproduces the new-fashioned way

  • Music

    May 7, 1998

    Dropout Rock

    Illinois foursome Braid proves itself the happy exception to the college-town rule

  • Music

    March 5, 1998

    Academy Fight Song

    Mr. Smith goes to Hollywood and jumps to the majors

  • Music

    January 1, 1998

    Critics' Choice

    A year-end recap of the albums that made it worthwhile to own a stereo in 1997

  • Music

    August 7, 1997

    The Passion

    Joan of Arc's sonic architecture defies pop's barriers

  • Music

    July 31, 1997

    Yo Yo a Go Go

    Olympia festival embraces ideals of indie rock

  • Music

    May 1, 1997
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    April 3, 1997
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    March 6, 1997
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    January 9, 1997
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    January 2, 1997

    Dr. Cynic's Revenge

    Beat Angel Brian Smith's 10 Greatest Atrocities in '96

  • Music

    July 18, 1996

    Threat Assessment: godheadSilo

    S.O.S. (Save Our Speakers) Intelligence Dossier 396

  • Music

    July 4, 1996

    Bouncer . . . or Agro-bouncer?

    Watching the watchmen, getting Unwound, surfing with the aliens in Man . . . or Astroman?

  • Music

    June 6, 1996
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    May 2, 1996

    Cleaning House

    In this issue: Safehouse, Duh Nobuddies, Budget Girls, Hepcat and a lethal mix of speed freaks and Tuna Helper

  • Music

    April 11, 1996


    Where the seven-inch is still king

  • Music

    March 28, 1996


    A periodic tour guide to indie rock subterranea (where the seven-inch is still king)

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