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Music, Eight Steps to a Better 2009

Eight Steps to a Better 2009

We hate to be the critic who laments the present, but it must be said: The music zeitgeist is suffering through its own recession these days. After 2008 hit with the thud of a throwaway track on an overlong CD,…
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Music, Oasis’ fallen empire

Oasis’ fallen empire

Earlier this month, Noel Gallagher opined that he abhors comparisons to a certain outfit from Oxford. "The biggest criticism that the music press has against us is that we're not Radiohead," the Oasis guitarist told Plavi Radio in Zagreb, Croatia.…
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Music, Reviewed Editors

Editors

Surely, the pressing philosophical quandary of our time is whether it's OK for a modern rock singer to sound like Ian Curtis. Editors frontman Tom Smith performs his answer in the affirmative, using that sooty, shuddering, we're-all-fooked-now tenor of his.…
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Music, Hear This Solo artists Soltero and ex-Ride frontman Mark Gardener bring their respective low-key rock to town

Solo artists Soltero and ex-Ride frontman Mark Gardener bring their respective low-key rock to town

Doing the solo singer/songwriter thing well is hard to pull off. You've got to offer the breathy brilliance of an Elliott Smith, the homespun wit of a Loudon Wainwright, the poetic audacity of a Joni Mitchell -- or in the…
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Music, Reviewed A Band of Bees

A Band of Bees

When the Bees released their debut in 2002, it was under a wash of comparisons to the like-minded Beta Band, with which they share an affinity for bombed-out '60s rock and Lee Perry-style dub antics. However, the Bees pushed farther…
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Music, Do the Killers

Do the Killers

You know how every time you go to a wedding, your cousin or your high school best friend's idiot boyfriend or somebody at some point feels the need to get on the dance floor and do a bit of the…
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Music, Reviewed Super Furry Animals

Super Furry Animals

Ten years and a British Invasion or two after their inception, the Super Furry Animals are still around, as eclectic, melodic, and wonderfully cracked as ever, and yet they remain inexplicably obscure on this side of the Atlantic. Maybe it's…
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Music, Reviewed Steadman

Steadman

Although Britain's latest export, Steadman, has adopted Jon Bon Jovi and Glenn Danzig's practice of naming the group after its lead singer's last name, that's where the self-indulgence stops. Instead, Steadman's music exists somewhere between Oasis' anthemic tendencies and Coldplay's…
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Music, Reviewed Erlend Øye

Erlend Øye

The last 15 years saw the rise of the "Unplugged" phenomenon, in which rockers like Nirvana and Oasis got all sensitive with their acoustic instruments. Now, Norway's Erlend Øye is moving in the opposite direction. As half of Kings of…
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Music, Reviewed The Jesus and MaryChain/Oasis

The Jesus and MaryChain/Oasis

Back in the early '80s, the Jesus and Mary Chain set the pace for the über-cool, guitar-heavy British indie scene with a series of confrontationally shambolic singles, including the classics "Upside Down" and "Never Understand." The ever-contentious Scottish siblings Jim…
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Music, Pop Philosophy

Pop Philosophy

One pill makes you higher I have to admit that Halloween didn't grab me this year like it usually does. Most times, it's my favorite holiday. When else can you give candy to strangers, ogle sexy nuns, or ask if…
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Costume Jewelry

Raise your hand if you've heard this before: "Now, for the first time, the unauthorized, behind-the-scenes story can be told ...." Bulging with sleazy promise, it's the shrill hyperbole of tabloid TV shows and Hollywood gossip. It also tends to…
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Samples

Parallel Worlds As most vinyl junkies will attest, digging through dusty crates of records at thrift shops and garage sales is half the fun of collecting, but there are some rare works that you know you'll probably never find without…
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Samples

Desert Oasis The sprawling fortress at the corner of 11th and Folsom has a long history of short-lived incarnations (the Oasis, Club O, 278 11th St, etc.). Taking it from tony nightspot to down-home disco to hip-hop club and back…
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