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2008 Stories by Erin Roof

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  • Alpha Consumer

    published December 24, 2008

    The day after Christmas is traditionally the worst day of the year. Cable-knit sweaters from grandma lay in lifeless heaps next to a few renegade... More >>

  • The Trashy Little X-Mas Show

    published December 17, 2008

    Who really has those Hallmark Christmases with crackling fireplaces and Bing Crosby on the record player? Gear up for the hallowed days of fending... More >>

  • Building Better Bombs

    published December 10, 2008

    Hardcore: not quite the prepubescent twerp that was emo, not yet the hairy old man that punk has become. It's the music for disaffected youth with... More >>

  • Aunt Dracula

    published December 3, 2008

    More like Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde than any kind of vampire, Aunt Dracula play a monster mash of genres. The Philadelphians quickly melt from... More >>

  • Sissy Wish; Mystery Palace

    published December 3, 2008

    Sissy Wish look like Crystal Castles with more fabric stretched across their bones and sound like the Sounds with a lower disco factor. The... More >>

  • Holly Golightly and the Broke-Offs

    published November 12, 2008

    It's uncertain how U.K. record-releasing machine Holly Golightly came to identify with the country-music roots we find miles south of our fair... More >>

  • Matt and Kim

    published November 12, 2008

    When we first met Matt and Kim, they were writing odes to our early twenties. They played bubbly electropop soundtracks to nights and early... More >>

  • Blitzen Trapper

    published November 5, 2008

    With Brooklyn and Portland serving as amniotic rocket launchers for today's top indie bands, Minneapolis is perched pleasantly in the middle,... More >>

  • 331 Halloween: All the Pretty Horses

    published October 29, 2008

    Venus DeMars's stage clothes consist of those kinky corsets that usually sit dusty in our closets until 3 a.m. rolls around. And damn if those 30... More >>

  • The Rumble Strips

    published October 22, 2008

    There's no better way to ward off the impending chill in our bones than listening to the Rumble Strips. The English band's rambling pack of horn... More >>

  • Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip

    published September 17, 2008

    You should not like Scroobius Pip. In his video for "Thou Shalt Always Kill," he clasps close to his heart a vinyl edition of London... More >>

  • Cut Copy

    published September 10, 2008

    If you took jazz dance classes in the early '90s, you will love Cut Copy. Or maybe you're a boy and your mom wouldn't let you take jazz class, but... More >>

  • Does It Offend You, Yeah?

    published September 10, 2008

    As a good grammarian, punctuation gets me hot in the pants. I counted—and this band has not one, but two punctuation marks in its name.... More >>

  • Lookbook

    published September 3, 2008

    Attention Republicans: After four long days of the RNC, I'm sure your lungs are tired from spewing rhetorical hot air, your hands are limp from... More >>

  • Handsome Furs

    published August 13, 2008

    Handsome Furs' harrowing electronics cut to the bone, stripping down the muscle and the meat to draw out faded sketches of emotions and conjure... More >>

  • Story of the Sea

    published July 30, 2008

    It would take a huge needle jabbed straight to the heart of the Beat coffee shop's caffeinated beverages to work up the energy to follow this... More >>

  • Gospel Gossip

    published July 30, 2008

    This bill is fiendishly strange, a delight to schizophrenic local-music aficionados. It's a perfect tutorial on the multifaceted Minneapolis music... More >>

  • Sharp Teeth

    published June 25, 2008

    Whether your chompers are coffee-stained, over-bleached, or just nasty and yellow, here's a band that will make you grind 'em to nubs in wildly... More >>

  • Peter Murphy

    published June 11, 2008

    If Iggy Pop, the godfather of punk; James Brown, the godfather of soul; and Peter Murphy, the godfather of goth, went at it in some... More >>

  • The Presets

    published May 28, 2008

    Watch out, 'cause it's about to get sexy. The Presets are bringing a new layer of filth to the Triple Rock's bathroom stalls Thursday with their... More >>

  • The Breeders

    published May 28, 2008

    Not many people get the opportunity to be in two iconic bands. Then again, not many people are Ms. Kim Deal. The Breeders' comeback is especially... More >>

  • George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic

    published May 21, 2008

    It's difficult to imagine the elderly George Clinton resting on his laurels, sipping RC Cola and catching a Golden Girls rerun—even... More >>

  • Tokyo Police Club

    published April 30, 2008

    The Tokyo influence is understandable. A crew of chilly kids from Canada could realistically covet Harajuku clothes that don't need to be buried... More >>

  • Maria Isa

    published April 23, 2008

    Maria Isa packs more balls and bombast in her tiny frame than should be physically possible. Equally proud of her Puerto Rican heritage and St.... More >>

  • Yeasayer

    published April 16, 2008

    Many modern bands with CSNY harmonies end up sounding like misplaced cowboys, more prone to hailing cabs than herding cattle. It's evident that... More >>

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