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Music, Pop Philosophy

Music Lesson

Big stars "I think Alex Chilton's got a thing for 12-year-olds," a guy next to me mumbled during the recent Big Star "reunion" show at the Fillmore. The claim seemed plausible, considering the way Chilton led his pals -- original…
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Music, Teenage Fanclub

Teenage Fanclub

Glasgow's Teenage Fanclub is a textbook case of a band that fell victim to its own early brilliance, as well as the mercilessness of circumstance and fashion. In the early '90s TFC established itself as an indie rock icon, one…
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Music, <B>The New Amsterdams</B><BR>

The New Amsterdams

While the New Amsterdams are a Get Up Kids offshoot, the band doesn't belong to the same dreaded indie subgenre as its emocore parent. Instead, songwriter Matthew Pryor's side project has plenty in common with that harbinger to all things…
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Bubble Burst

Poptopia! Various Artists (Rhino) Everything made sense until the Beatles broke up. Rock's audience expanded explosively at precisely the same time the music lost its popular and aesthetic center. The Beatles had demonstrated that what was popular could be art;…
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Suspicious Minds

Her name alone would suffice for the purposes of imposed romance. Garrison Starr. Garrison: such a patriarchal fortress of a title to signify a 20-year-old female. And Starr: connoting not only the apogee of fame, but weirder relations such as…
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