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2008 Stories by Steve McPherson

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  • Blitzen Trapper

    published December 24, 2008

    Perfection in popular music is a little different—it is rarely flawless. Pop gems from "You Really Got Me" to "Get It On" to "Smells Like... More >>

  • Western Fifth: Stand Like A Thief

    published December 3, 2008

    Western Fifth's new release, Stand Like a Thief, subtly rewrites the idea of what it means to be alt-country. The lineage that stretches... More >>

  • Greycoats: Setting Fire to the Great Unknown

    published October 29, 2008

    It's not uncommon for young bands to have wide-screen ambitions, but it's far more rare for a band to project an accomplished, melodic, and... More >>

  • Two electronic scene veterans join forces as Lookbook

    published September 10, 2008

    Given the cavernously epic quality of their dark and crackling electronic music, it's tough to see how Lookbook could have started as a... More >>

  • The ZMO Trio: The ZMO Trio EP

    published July 9, 2008

    The first 30 seconds of the ZMO Trio's self-titled debut EP is nothing if not striking: The delicate bass arpeggios, the roomy, naturalistic... More >>

  • Café Accordion Orchestra

    published July 9, 2008

    One sunny Saturday last October, my newly minted in-laws threw a Paris-themed party for my wife and me before we headed off on our honeymoon, and... More >>

  • Spaghetti Western

    published June 25, 2008

    Spaghetti Western String Co. take their details seriously, and this is a huge part of what makes them so successful. When all you have are the... More >>

  • Spaghetti Junction

    published February 6, 2008

    When a band takes the stage with a couple of guitars, a bass, and some drums, it's no big mystery why they're playing those instruments. If... More >>

  • Into the Wild

    published January 16, 2008

    BON IVER For Emma, Forever Ago Jagjaguwar Records The pull of the story behind Bon... More >>

  • Artists of the Year

    published January 2, 2008

    Bon IverBy Steve McPhersonWhen Justin Vernon retreated to a cabin in Wisconsin, he wasn't setting out to make one of... More >>

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