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Music, All Shook Down Live Review, 2/25/12: Archers of Loaf Struggle to Find Momentum at Great American

Live Review, 2/25/12: Archers of Loaf Struggle to Find Momentum at Great American

Archers of LoafSaturday, Feb. 25, 2012Great American Music HallBetter than: Never seeing Archers of Loaf at all.For Archers of Loaf fans who have loved the North Carolina quartet since 1993's stunning Icky Mettle album, tonight is a very big deal…
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Music, Hear This Crooked Fingers: Show Preview

Crooked Fingers: Show Preview

Archers of Loaf played its first show in 13 years last January, but the indie-punk abstractionists' heralded return hasn't caused Eric Bachmann to abandon Crooked Fingers, the project that's occupied him since 2000. On the contrary, Breaks in the Armor,…
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Music, Reviewed Spoon


Here are some things on Gimme Fiction you won't hear on many rock records this year: a lyrical reference to the Christian Coalition's Ralph Reed, a rhyme scheme that pairs "pants" with "St. Vitus' dance," a kalimba, a Wurlitzer, a…
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Music, Reviewed Crooked Fingers

Crooked Fingers

You don't call your record Dignity and Shame unless you're intending something wholeheartedly poignant. Unfortunately, in modern music, that intention often results in songwriting that's forced or trite. But not if you're Eric Bachmann. The Archers of Loaf graduate has,…
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Music, Record Crooked Fingers

Crooked Fingers

Crooked Fingers Crooked Fingers (Warm) Neil Young dedicated Tonight's the Night to friends who lost their ways and lives to drugs. Likewise, Crooked Fingers takes on the scourge of alcohol and crack cocaine -- though whether it's a friend, a…
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Noise Pop '97: Archers of Loaf, Knapsack, Engine 88, Spoon, Peppercorn Bimbo's 365 Club Thursday, Feb. 27 On the opening night of Noise Pop '97 four teen-age girls from planet Alternia -- identified by their exposed bellybuttons and reflective frippery…
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Various Artists Help (Go!/War Child/London) Those of us who stayed awake during fifth-grade English class no doubt remember the grammatical axiom that double negatives cancel each other out, a significant rule to bear in mind when considering Help, a new…
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