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2008 Stories by Pat O'Brien

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  • 888 Fest

    published August 6, 2008

    In Chinese culture there is a mystical quality associated with the number eight and it is considered extremely lucky—which explains why the... More >>

  • Travis and Jonny

    published July 9, 2008

    The words "folky" and "catchy" aren't often spoken in the same sentence (ones I use, at least), but it's true of Travis and Jonny—and it's... More >>

  • Dosh

    published June 25, 2008

    It's not enough to just describe Martin Dosh as an electronic artist. To be sure, if you were to describe him as something else it would be... More >>

  • Mercurial Rage

    published June 4, 2008

    Depeche Mode's Music for the Masses is old enough to be legally served a drink this year, but as it and many of its counterparts age,... More >>

  • City on the Make

    published June 4, 2008

    Ever wonder what a really good blues record would sound like if it were assaulted with a tire iron and had acid splashed in its eyes? Right, not... More >>

  • Company Inc.

    published May 21, 2008

    On 2007's Limited Liability, Company Inc. let us take a peek into their weird, wonderful world. Cellos that start, bounce along, and... More >>

  • England Swings VI

    published May 14, 2008

    Anglophiles unite! The brainchild of longtime local musician Raven (a.k.a. the Duke of Dark) and emceed this year by More >>

  • The Current Fakebook: Greil Marcus and the Mekons

    published March 19, 2008

    This ongoing series presented by the Current outdoes itself yet again. In the past there have been guests like filmmaker John Waters and... More >>

  • Lost in Prague CD-Release Show

    published March 12, 2008

    Remember a few years back when Deftones lead singer Chino Moreno decided he needed to try to garner more credibility with critics and teamed up... More >>

  • A Fine Frenzy

    published March 5, 2008

    Alison Sudol, more commonly known as A Fine Frenzy, has a knack for writing the kind of sweeping, piano-driven pop epics that would fit so well... More >>

  • Murzik CD-Release Show

    published March 5, 2008

    After all of the initial "Oh, these guys sound like—" comparisons end and it's conceded that Murzik don't really sound that much like... More >>

  • Black Lips

    published February 27, 2008

    The Black Lips have a way of catching you off guard, even though you've seen and heard most of it before. They look like run-of-the-mill... More >>

  • Eclectone Records Fifth Anniversary Party

    published February 27, 2008

    Minneapolis has its own Little Engine That Could in Eclectone Records. Singer-songwriter Martin Devaney's baby touts itself as a co-op and a... More >>

  • Citizen Cope

    published February 20, 2008

    #8fc8d4">SUNDAY 2.24 Citizen Cope Fitzgerald Theater Clarence Greenwood—a.k.a.... More >>

  • Homegrown's Rock 'n' Roll Funeral

    published February 20, 2008

    Since October 29, 1996, when Mei Young spun a lone song from a local artist in the radio-nowhere of two o'clock Sunday morning, this city... More >>

  • Bedouin Soundclash

    published February 13, 2008

    Though time and again they are labeled "reggae" (a label less desirable than "puppy kicker" to many), Toronto natives Bedouin Soundclash... More >>

  • Gallows

    published January 30, 2008

    With their live shows already legendary in their native England, Gallows are at the forefront of the U.K.'s punk revival—and with good... More >>

  • Kruddler CD-Release Show

    published January 30, 2008

    With a name taken from the episode of The Simpsons that found Bette Middler appearing on the Krusty Komeback Special ("We... More >>

  • Dallas Orbiter

    published January 30, 2008

    DALLAS ORBITER Motorcycle Diagrams Princess Records From the outset of "Caspian,"... More >>

  • Love in October CD-Release Party

    published January 23, 2008

    Relocating from Sweden to start your band seems somehow counterproductive, but Love in October could be bucking the system here in... More >>

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