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    Music, Reviewed Metric

    Metric

    I wonder what Metric (and sometimes Broken Social Scene) frontwoman Emily Haines was like in high school. Like most emerging indie rock icons, she was probably socially awkward, the only sort of pre-adult state of mind that allows for a…
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    Music, Reviewed Calla

    Calla

    At a record release party for the band's previous effort, Televise, New York's Calla played an entire set in total darkness save for a bright spotlight that shone at the audience from the rear of the stage. Consequently, all we…
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    Music, Reviewed The Fall

    The Fall

    I've done some bad things in my day; I suppose all of us have. Still, I've recently been turned around, for good this time, and I owe it all to Mark E. Smith. See, in the 56 minutes it took…
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    Music, Reviewed Her Space Holiday

    Her Space Holiday

    "In a dream you called me up and asked me quietly if I would like to meet you for a drink, but when I got there you just looked at me as you spoke to yourself," Marc Bianchi sings on…
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    Music, Reviewed Joggers

    Joggers

    I recall fondly the thrill of arriving at a random high school house party to find a band playing. Most of the time this meant terrible songs and amateur delivery, but occasionally you'd come across a group that had an…
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    Music, Reviewed The American Analog Set

    The American Analog Set

    The American Analog Set's latest full-length, Set Free, should provide the score to some pretty quintessential autumn moments this year: the donning of new sweaters, the anticipation of kisses on the quad, first leaves falling, nostalgia for the summer's laughter…
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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, Reviewed Mobius Band

    Mobius Band

    There's an urgency missing from The Loving Sounds of Static, the debut full-length from the Brooklyn (via small-town Massachusetts) electro-pop trio Mobius Band. Gone is the immediate dose of gooey melody that made the band's City vs. Country EP such…
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    Music, Label The White Stripes

    The White Stripes

    Why Jack and Meg chose "Blue Orchid" as the first single from their latest full-length is a bit of a mystery. The song is crammed with unexciting '70s guitar riffage and even less exciting falsetto vocals, devoid of any hooks…
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    Music, Reviewed Gorillaz

    Gorillaz

    I'll admit I was stumped when I first saw the iPod commercial featuring "Feel Good Inc.," from Gorillaz's new Demon Days. That lazy Britpop vocal sounded so familiar atop the pretty acoustic strumming, and yet I couldn't place it. Then,…
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    Music, Reviewed Stephen Malkmus

    Stephen Malkmus

    I don't know about you, but I got scared for a second when Stephen Malkmus released his second solo effort, Pig Lib. While that record had brief moments of whatever wizardry the former Pavement frontman would summon with his old…
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    Music, Reviewed Stars

    Stars

    Blame it on global warming or the tap water. Blame it on health care or G-dubs. Whoever's at fault, Canada is simply kicking our ass these days when it comes to producing compelling indie rock acts. The latest from Montreal's…
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    Music, Reviewed Mobius Band

    Mobius Band

    "Starts Off With a Bang," the first song from Mobius Band's debut EP for Ghostly International, might be a bit of a misnomer as far as titles go. See, MB doesn't ever really go bang. The sound it makes is…
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    Listen Up, Listen Up Feature No Sympathy for the Demo

    No Sympathy for the Demo

    I remember watching Oliver Stone's outlandish portrayal of the Doors, after having spent numerous hours practicing rock star poses in front of a full-length mirror, and convincing myself of how simple it would be to get a record deal. My…
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    Music, Reviewed Doves

    Doves

    When the Doves released their debut in 2000, Lost Souls, it was clear that there was something different about the Manchester quartet's sound, an inexplicable quality that mixed psychedelic rock and dance motifs with enticing vocal melodies. The record didn't…
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    Music, Reviewed Adam Green

    Adam Green

    It wouldn't be that surprising if, in the storeroom of a strip-mall novelty shop somewhere, Beck, Har Mar Superstar, and Adam Green meet monthly to swap jokes and try out new gags. There, lacking the soul and rhythm of his…
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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, Reviewed Lou Barlow

    Lou Barlow

    The name Lou Barlow always comes up when discussing low-fidelity indie rock, so it's odd that he's never put out a solo record. A crucial part of Sebadoh, Folk Implosion, and early Dinosaur Jr., Barlow has made records by himself…
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    Music, Reviewed Jason Anderson

    Jason Anderson

    Once, in a dank back music room of a venue, hidden on the wrong side of the tracks in Denton, Texas, a town only the Mountain Goats sing fondly of, Jason Anderson closed his set with an a cappella R.…
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    Music, Reviewed Low

    Low

    It was intriguing to hear that Low's new full-length, its first for Sub Pop, was being touted as texturally "aggressive." But what did that mean? A cross between the more dissonant aspects of altrock emoticons the Smashing Pumpkins and Sunny…
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    Music, Reviewed Magnolia Electric Co

    Magnolia Electric Co

    Contemporary. Midwestern. Indie. Rock. Four words that conjure images of skinny introverts with guitars, the sort who make up band names for their solo projects. And while one of those dudes' Bright Eyes seems to be getting much of the…
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    Music, Reviewed Pinback

    Pinback

    Pinback's songs have always been metronome precise, with airtight rhythmic patterns and guitars and synthesizers that bounce along in lock-step cadences, as if the band members had been implanted with silicon indie rock chips that map out intricate algorithms of…
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    Music, Reviewed Son, Ambulance

    Son, Ambulance

    Omaha's Son, Ambulance, the indie brainchild of singer Joe Knapp, actually has more in common with its Brit-pop contemporaries than it does Saddle Creek's usual array of sentimental Midwestern gunk-purveyors. A more focused effort than the group's 2001 debut, Key…
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    Music, Reviewed The Futureheads

    The Futureheads

    Tired of Franz Ferdinand's melodic dance-punk? Of course you're not, which is why the Scottish group has been the ubiquitous indie-cred conversation topic for the better part of the year. So it's no surprise that genre-mates and countrymen the Futureheads…
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    Music, Reviewed Bright Eyes

    Bright Eyes

    Little Conor Oberst, bless his heart. We've watched him grow up right before our eyes, much like the zany girls of The Facts of Life. Although, in his case, he's gone from writing sensitive stories influenced by mid-America suburbia to…
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  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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