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Music, Death Cab will possess your vote

Death Cab will possess your vote

When you think of "political" artists, folk troubadours like Steve Earle or sloganeering punk rockers like Anti-Flag most often come to mind. Indie-rock icons Death Cab for Cutie don't fit either of those molds, but over the past decade the…
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Music, Reviewed Death Cab for Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie

When a band like Death Cab for Cutie manages to approach gold record sales with help only from the tiny Seattle-based label Barsuk and, via Fox' s The O.C. , becomes an oft-mentioned name in a television world where the…
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Music, Paradise Found

Paradise Found

The Velvet Teen practices in a shack. The shack, which sits in the shade of a large, leafy tree, is made of long white planks covered in fuzzy, sea-green moss. Located in Petaluma a couple of dozen feet off the…
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Music, Reviewed The Velvet Teen

The Velvet Teen

Indie rock is a notoriously prickly pear. The style's supposed to be powerful and emotionally evocative, yet understated and raw; oftentimes, it's supposed to sound like an accident, as if the musician just happened to stumble across beauty. Should things…
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