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Music, All Shook Down Yuck Trigger Grunge Reflex, Play Bottom of the Hill on Sunday

Yuck Trigger Grunge Reflex, Play Bottom of the Hill on Sunday

The New Jersey-Hiroshima-London-Scotland (according to their MySpace) outfit Yuck is one of my favorite new bands, but they might as well be one of my favorite old bands: the sound of their self-titled debut, out next Tuesday on Fat Possum,…
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Music, Teenage Fanclub chases lost songcraft on its ninth album

Teenage Fanclub chases lost songcraft on its ninth album

Rock bands tend to begin in secret. They are formed in the daydreams of adolescent boys and girls turned on by a record or magazine article or all-ages show that in some way points them toward the thing they most…
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Music, Reviewed Pernice Brothers

Pernice Brothers

On this Western Massachusetts band's fifth LP, the group finally cements its status as the American Teenage Fanclub. Like that Scottish act, Joe Pernice and pals have released a disc that sounds pretty much like all their other ones, with…
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Music, Reviewed The Mother Hips

The Mother Hips

When too many artists are cookie-cutter predictable, the more cynical listener can discern all there is to know from the first strum of a song's intro. So blessed be the band with the creativity to throw a crafty curveball. Chico-to-Bay…
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Music, A Fanclub's Notes

A Fanclub's Notes

Norman Blake has been called the nicest guy in rock. As the Teenage Fanclub guitarist chats with me via phone from Paris, it's easy to see why. He uses words like "integrity" and "honesty" as if he truly means them,…
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Music, Reviewed Orange Juice

Orange Juice

Without Orange Juice, Belle & Sebastian, Franz Ferdinand, and Teenage Fanclub wouldn't exist. Hyperbole? Sure. But those later bands would certainly sound markedly less exciting if it weren't for the genre- (and gender-) bending post-punk soul of this seminal Scottish…
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Music, Reviewed The Foxymorons

The Foxymorons

Turning 21 as an indie rocker is the motherlode. Turning 31 as an indie rocker is just a mother. If you're still playing music, you're supposed to have, you know, evolved. Go Brazilian. Compose minimalist film scores. Anything but the…
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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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