Peter Buck

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    October 11, 2013

    11 of Our Favorite Martini Ranch Concerts

    Scottsdale's Martini Ranch is headed for the last roundup this weekend. As we reported last week, the Old Town concert hall/dance club/drinkery/hangout is gonezo after Sunday night as its owners are closing down the joint for good. Three straight nights of live music are scheduled to transpire, ho ... More >>

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    October 4, 2012
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    October 2, 2012

    Robyn Hitchcock Talks Tomatoes and Psychedelic Pop

    Speaking with Robyn Hitchcock back in 1996, the conversation quickly diverged from music to the difficulties of growing tomatoes at high-elevation. It was not his issue, but mine, as he lives in England where growing tomatoes is much easier, and I was in Colorado. Still, that conversation made it cl ... More >>

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    September 22, 2011

    The Five Real Reasons R.E.M. Broke Up

    ​Yesterday, R.E.M. announced the band's breakup on their official website, and they did it in just about the classiest way possible. After 31 years, the Georgia rockers bowed out amicably, without "lawyers squaring off" or "disharmony," they said. But we have a feeling there's more to th ... More >>

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    August 9, 2011

    Decemberists Bassist Nate Query Talks Influences, The Smiths, and a Love of Americana

    Nate Query, second from right​ Everyone, it seems, loves The Smiths. Morrissey and co. hasn't played together for nearly 25 years, yet the hyper-literature jangle rockers have had an enduring influence on bands across the spectrum. Good luck finding an indie scenester who doesn't know every morbid ... More >>

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    June 27, 2011

    The Best and Worst Baseball Songs

    As a lifelong baseball fan, these lists come from the heart. Some lesser-known ballads will have their day in the sun while other too-oft worshiped pieces of garbage will finally be called out. I am not doing this to make any friends. It is all for the love of the game.

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    March 26, 2011

    The Baseball Project Last Night at Martini Ranch

    ​ The Baseball ProjectMartini RanchFriday, March 25There's really no better tune to sum up The Baseball Project's set than their opening one, "All Future and No Past." In its 3-odd minutes, the tune encapsulates everything that makes the band so great, the opening day optimism that makes eager fan ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011
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    April 2, 2010

    Slash's Solo Album Stream: Hear It Before Its May Release

    Slash has a new record out...with the help of loads of famous friends.​When you used to be in a band with a guy that made arguably the most anticipated album of the last two decades, which turned out to be Axl Rose's epic failure Chinese Democracy, it's kinda hard to top the hype yourself. But ala ... More >>

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    December 28, 2008

    The Top 10 Reissues of 2008

    By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>

  • Music

    August 28, 2008

    The Baseball Project

    Volume 1: Frozen Ropes and Dying Quails
    (Yep Roc)

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    January 4, 2007

    Singles Going Steady

    The best end-to-end albums from a singles-driven year

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    April 14, 2005


    Blinking Lights and Other Revelations

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    January 20, 2005

    The Minus 5

    At the Organ
    (Yep Roc)

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    July 22, 2004

    Thrilling Me

    Not-so-softly with their songs

  • Music

    June 5, 2003

    The Romantic Fence

    Idlewild may mix post-Brit Pop identities, but the tension helped the Scots make one of the year's best albums

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    August 15, 2002

    That '80s Sound

    With help from Wilco and the Gin Blossoms, Tommy Keene chases down the sound he was after 20 years ago

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    May 9, 2002

    Off the 'Mats

    No, the Replacements aren't getting back together. Yet.

  • Music

    June 21, 2001

    Down So Long

    Morose singer/songwriter Mark Eitzel delivers his best solo record, informed by -- gasp! -- upbeat electronica

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    March 15, 2001

    Two for One

    On a new split double disc, the Young Fresh Fellows and the Minus 5 revive good-natured pop-rock

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    July 6, 2000

    Kevn Kinney

    The Flower and the Knife

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    December 23, 1999

    The Forever Frown

    More than 30 years later, Smile remains the subject of so much mystery

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    December 2, 1999

    Cheese Addict

    After 20 years and as many albums on his own, Robyn Hitchcock is still lost in a world of fairies, elves and French fromage

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    August 12, 1999
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    December 3, 1998

    Life After Death

    As we reach the fifth anniversary of Doug Hopkins' suicide, his best music remains unheard by all but a few friends

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    October 1, 1998

    Logan's Run

    Jack Logan just can't slow down his amazing song factory

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    October 9, 1997

    Trigger Happy

    Tempe's Pistoleros learn that the waiting really is the hardest part

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    June 12, 1997

    Power Trio

    Peter Buck goes West with Eitzel, Middle Eastern with Tuatara, and everywhere else with Minus 5

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    May 15, 1997
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    September 26, 1996
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    July 28, 1994



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    July 15, 1992
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    May 20, 1992