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Music, All Shook Down Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum Adds S.F. Show, Goes on Sale Today

Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum Adds S.F. Show, Goes on Sale Today

For some of us, the name Neutral Milk Hotel carries a near-mythic heft, an exalted reputation earned in the wake of the 1998 indie-rock album In the Airplane Over the Sea and other records. And it's a good time of…
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Calendar, Night&Day Ping Pong Balls, Saws, and a Clapping Hands Machine

Ping Pong Balls, Saws, and a Clapping Hands Machine

We can’t help but be enamored of Julian Koster, the lovable singing-saw player in Neutral Milk Hotel. This incredibly talented musician also performs under the moniker the Music Tapes, which brings together many types of mind-blowing sounds: the saw, a…
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Music, Neutral Milk Hotel Members Will Get Wacky for Elephant 6 Show

Neutral Milk Hotel Members Will Get Wacky for Elephant 6 Show

As eternally awesome as the concept of the rock concert is, its basic format could always use some souping up. Major bands typically enhance the basic premise of people playing their instruments by throwing in fancy-shmancy lights and pyrotechnics. Even…
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The Times, They Are A-Modern

Drawing strongly on Dick Dale and Neutral Milk Hotel and using a skittering drum to offset the glossy guitars, the Oakland folky rockers in Amos Payne also remind us a little bit of Frog Eyes. The band is four white…
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Calendar, Night&Day Lock and Load

Lock and Load

It's not hard to find aesthetic similarities between Vancouver sextet They Shoot Horses Don't They? and the 1969 Jane Fonda vehicle of the same name. The film centers on Fonda and fellow townspeople desperately trying to win the cash prize…
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Music, The Microphones

The Microphones

As the main project of K's resident recording engineer, Phil Elvrum, the Microphones have always been half song and half studio experiment -- juxtaposing sweet singing and delicate pop arrangements against blasts of guitar noise and tape manipulation in a…
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Calendar, Night&Day What a Musical Web They Weave

What a Musical Web They Weave

Indie rock fans have never been fruit-basket types: They don't welcome outsiders with open arms (that is, unless the newcomers know the genealogy of fellow alternarockers Neutral Milk Hotel). At the first whiff of commercial success, once-loyal acolytes might run…
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Tusk

"Must be something in the water": That old adage is one of the foundational theories of the record industry. From one hit-making locale to the next -- from San Francisco to Chicago, Seattle to Dayton -- artist-and-repertoire scouts are forever…
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