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2008 Stories by Pat O'Brien

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  • Alison Scott

    published December 17, 2008

    Unlike many of her girl-and-her-piano contemporaries, Alison Scott looks past Tori Amos for inspiration and into the golden age of the... More >>

  • The Hopefuls CD-Release Show

    published December 17, 2008

    There is hardly a more simple formula for writing catchy songs than the one perfected by the Hopefuls: Keep everything light and lean. Even though... More >>

  • Drinking With Ian

    published November 26, 2008

    This local cable-access show has gained a cult following here in Minneapolis, and the program lives up to its name. A mix of sketch comedy,... More >>

  • Jeremy Enigk

    published November 26, 2008

    Though emo existed before Enigk's old band, Sunny Day Real Estate, released their 1994 landmark, Diary, it seems that the much-maligned... More >>

  • Laurie Lindeen

    published November 5, 2008

    Last year the former Zuzu's Petals vocalist/guitarist made a bigger splash than expected with Petal Pusher, a look at that seedy underbelly... More >>

  • TV on the Radio

    published October 15, 2008

    Making post-punk infused ambient, moody noise sound sleek, not to mention listenable and, most importantly, vital, seems almost like a punch line... More >>

  • Ted Leo & the Pharmacists

    published October 15, 2008

    He kicked around in different D.C. hardcore (or harDCore, if that's how you want it) bands for years before striking out on his own—and what... More >>

  • Liz Phair

    published October 1, 2008

    In 1993, she exploded onto the still-burgeoning alternative scene with Exile in Guyville, an album full of songs about sex, a woman's right... More >>

  • Robert Pollard's Boston Spaceships

    published October 1, 2008

    If you expected Robert Pollard to ride quietly into the sunset after the dissolution of Guided By Voices in 2004, you were sorely mistaken. After... More >>

  • Dandy Warhols

    published September 3, 2008

    The Dandy Warhols' perceived shortcomings (wearing their influences too clearly on their sleeves, too blatantly wanting to be megahuge rock stars,... More >>

  • Xiu Xiu

    published September 3, 2008

    The line between noisy pop and avant-garde noise gets smaller with every release from Xiu Xiu. They mix up folk, punk, and ambient noise with... More >>

  • Company Inc.

    published August 20, 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 >>

  • Gary Louris

    published August 20, 2008

    He helped birth alt-country, that increasingly hard to define sound, albeit one that was represented perfectly on the Jayhawks' 1995 album,... More >>

  • Beatrix*JAR

    published July 23, 2008

    As we move further along technologically, more and more people feel left out in the cold. People's iPods and cell phones may well turn on them one... More >>

  • Atomic Flea

    published July 2, 2008

    With everyone trying so hard to carve out a brand-new place for themselves in the world, Atomic Flea seem to have discovered plenty of room in the... More >>

  • Aviette: The Way We Met

    published June 25, 2008

    How long does it take you to tell the story of your most bitter, disheartening breakup? Everyone has their own "breakup of all breakups" and... More >>

  • Les Claypool

    published March 19, 2008

    You either love or hate Les Claypool—there's no real middle ground. He plays his bass in a mixture of flamenco, slap, and finger-tapping... More >>

  • Blonde on Blonde

    published January 16, 2008

    Blonde on Blonde play the kind of dirty blues-rock that makes you want to steal a '67 Camaro and chug tequila straight from the bottle as you... More >>

  • Plastic Constellations

    published January 2, 2008

    Most people know that the members of the Plastic Constellations were in a band in high school. The thing about that: It was the... More >>

  • Dallas Orbiter CD-Release Show

    published January 2, 2008

    If music could shimmer, Dallas Orbiter's surely would. They take Aladdin Sane-era Bowie glam and tweak it a little (though they don't... More >>

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