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Music, Billy Corgan on the Death and Rebirth of the Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan on the Death and Rebirth of the Smashing Pumpkins

E.E. Cummings said, "To destroy is always the first step in any creation." For Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan, destruction and creation are a way of life. "A good artist is willing to die many times over," Corgan tells us…
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Music, Hear This The Joy Formidable: Show Preview

The Joy Formidable: Show Preview

Welsh trio The Joy Formidable is the gastropub of '90s-flavored indie rock, serving up familiar, meaty fare elevated by craft and a smattering of inventive elements. Stomping on a plethora of effects pedals, the band peppers the soft-loud-soft dynamics of…
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Music, Bouncer

We Try Harder to Abide

"You've seriously only ridden BART once?" my friend asked me as we boarded. "Seriously?" "Yep," I replied. I suppose this was a fib. I think I have actually ridden it twice before, but that was long ago, when I wore…
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Music, Reviewed Billy and His Rotting Fruit

Billy and His Rotting Fruit

When Billy Corgan took out a full-page ad in the Chicago Tribune to announce the reformation of the Smashing Pumpkins, few would have guessed that we would get Zwan instead. But perhaps it was just wishful thinking on our part.…
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Music, Reviewed Pavement


Modern-day indie rock owes a huge debt to Pavement, and Crooked Rain is arguably the pinnacle of the band's career: all endearing sloppiness; disses on the Smashing Pumpkins; cool, jammy guitars; wit for miles; and anthemic catchiness (pretentious diehards get…
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Music, Reviewed Mclusky


They mine the brooding, rhythmic urgency of bands like Gang of Four and the Fall. Their guitar playing wallows in Fugazi-esque robust minimalism. They shriek like the Sex Pistols. They give their songs absurd titles like "Without MSG I Am…
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Riff Raff

Scenes From the Fleadh Intrepid Riff Raff correspondent Heather Wisner brought along her camera to the Guinness Fleadh Festival at San Jose Stadium last week. Her findings: Guinness + hot sun + stupid people = drunken mess. Below, Wisner offers…
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Smashing Pumpkins Adore (Virgin) Like Don Quixote and his windmill, the leading lights of alternative rock defined themselves by what they were fighting. To varying degrees and with distinct stylistic differences, Kurt Cobain, Eddie Vedder, Trent Reznor, and Smashing Pumpkins'…
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