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  • Bands on the Run - Road-tripping to Texas for South by Southwest

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    Bands on the Run - Road-tripping to Texas for South by Southwest

    They did it so you wouldn't have to. Musicians, critics, and publicists the world over traveled to Austin, Texas, for the latest installment of South by Southwest, the four-day showcase of up-and-coming indie artists and a few bigger names. If you ...

    by Melissa Maerz on March 27, 2002
  • Doctor Feelgood

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    Doctor Feelgood

    The opening of the Ronettes' 1963 "Be My Baby" can be heard a thousand times without ever losing its bite. ber-session drummer Hal Blaine's simple, commanding Boom! Boom-boom SNAP! Boom! Boom-boom SNAP! rivets your attention, gets your blood racing ...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on March 27, 2002
  • Deep Impact - Mason Jennings listens to Wings, burns incense

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    Deep Impact - Mason Jennings listens to Wings, burns incense

    You think you know Mason Jennings. The serious-minded, solitary guy-with-guitar. The lithe-limbed, puppy-dog-eyed bringer of joy to the ladies. A righteous lefty and purveyor of paperback Eastern philosophy, equally beloved by bar boozers and sensi...

    by Anders Smith-Lindall on March 27, 2002
  • Close Encounters of the N*E*R*D Kind - Will the Neptunes reinvent rock?

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    Close Encounters of the N*E*R*D Kind - Will the Neptunes reinvent rock?

    "This fucking SUCKS!" My friends the Fiona-loving b-boys were consternated. I was playing them In Search of... (Virgin), the debut album of Virginia Beach's N*E*R*D (a.k.a. production duo the Neptunes). And as the neo-metal guitars began jutting ou...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on March 27, 2002
  • Mates of State: Our Constant Concern

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    Mates of State: Our Constant Concern

    MATES OF STATE Our Constant Concern Polyvinyl "Everyone settle down!" shout Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel. How's that for indie rock's latest rallying cry? Stay home, shack up, cuddle together, fall apart. You have nothing to lose but you...

    by Keith Harris on March 27, 2002
  • Article

    Babes In Conflict

    When Minneapolis legends Babes in Toyland played a sold-out gig at the London Mean Fiddler on March 3, Time Out heralded the event as a "reunion show." Yet the band that took the stage in London contained only one original member: singer-guitarist Ka...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on March 20, 2002
  • In My Room - The Ashtray Hearts find music in a Minneapolis apartment

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    In My Room - The Ashtray Hearts find music in a Minneapolis apartment

    Dan Richmond is a private guy. Sure, he'll sing his heart out about the one and only girl he's loved. In fact, he'll sing about any number of those "one and only girls" on his band's debut, Old Numbers (due out on Richmond's Free Election label nex...

    by Melissa Maerz on March 20, 2002
  • I Am What I'm Not - Malachi Constant take back whatever they said

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    I Am What I'm Not - Malachi Constant take back whatever they said

    [Editor's note: A correction ran concerning this story; see end of article.] You should know that despite their apparently biblical band name, Malachi Constant are not Christian rockers. On this point the four band members are clear. Not that they ...

    by Keith Harris on March 20, 2002
  • Parker Posing - Valet keep their musical ambitions in neutral

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    Parker Posing - Valet keep their musical ambitions in neutral

    When it comes to languorous indie rock, there's a certain value in half-interviewing a band that only half feels like being interviewed--or in half-listening to a band that only half seems to be playing, or in half-reading an article that only half...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on March 20, 2002
  • Heiruspecs: Small Steps

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    Heiruspecs: Small Steps

    Heiruspecs Small Steps Interlock Hip hop played mainly or entirely on traditional musical instruments is a concept with auspicious genes, from go-go to the Minutemen. (Dabblers include the Beasties, the Fugees, and Outkast.) So why is the...

    by Peter S. Scholtes on March 13, 2002
  • When I Grow Up - Blackalicious Reach Their Thirties and Mature Their Sound

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    When I Grow Up - Blackalicious Reach Their Thirties and Mature Their Sound

    Blackalicious are adults. Making a major-label debut in their early 30s, MC Gift of Gab and MC/DJ Chief Xcel are old enough to remember the children's cartoon from which they sample Harry Nilsson's "Me and My Arrow," yet young enough that Gab can cla...

    by Keith Harris on March 13, 2002
  • Ed Harcourt: Here Be Monsters

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    Ed Harcourt: Here Be Monsters

    Ed Harcourt Here Be Monsters Capitol/Heavenly Just who do these newfangled Britpop stars think they are, anyhow? Jeff Buckley, that's who. Although Brit-poppers throughout the ages have traditionally looked to their own kind for influence...

    by Scott Henkemeyer on March 13, 2002
  • It's Oh So Quiet - Bellwether kills 'em softly with new songs

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    It's Oh So Quiet - Bellwether kills 'em softly with new songs

    There's nothing like a good surprise. Just more than 18 months ago in these pages, I reviewed Bellwether's self-titled second disc. I suggested that the local roots-rock quartet suffered from a serious case of the blahs, and offered that a healthy ...

    by Anders Smith-Lindall on March 13, 2002
  • Hefner: Dead Media

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    Hefner: Dead Media

    Hefner Dead Media Too Pure Indie-pop miniaturists often have trouble distinguishing between small and slight--between a healthy desire to probe the idiosyncrasies of a limited worldview (or a subdued emotion) and the need to cower within ...

    by Keith Harris on March 13, 2002
  • Roll Call

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    Roll Call

    Jim Roll's new album should come with a warning label--"Caution: Contains material by aging novelists who never realized their pubescent rock 'n' roll dreams." After all, Inhabiting the Ball (The Telegraph Company) features contributions from two lit...

    by Paul Demko on March 13, 2002
  • Caring Is Creepy - Talking love and death with the Psychedelicates

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    Caring Is Creepy - Talking love and death with the Psychedelicates

    Jeanne Park's doll has an enormous skull that would put Christina Ricci's bountiful stretch of forehead to shame. "I bought this at Walgreens for seven dollars," the vocalist/Farfisa player for the Psychedelicates proclaims proudly, holding the plast...

    by Melissa Maerz on March 13, 2002
  • Rye Coalition: On Top

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    Rye Coalition: On Top

    Rye Coalition On Top Tiger Style Artist versus critic. Round one. "Hey, Mr. Rock Journalist," challenges Ralph Cuseglio, opening Rye Coalition's "Born a Monkey in the Year of the Snake." "How about a taste of my fist? It's such an excitin...

    by Kate Silver on March 13, 2002
  • Local H: Here Comes the Zoo

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    Local H: Here Comes the Zoo

    Local H Here Comes the Zoo Palm Pictures Success may not yet have spoiled Scott Lucas, but his indignant yelp on Here Comes the Zoo testifies that dude would still be willing to let it have its way with him. Local H were once the Only N...

    by Keith Harris on March 6, 2002
  • Lambchop: Is a Woman

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    Lambchop: Is a Woman

    Lambchop Is a Woman Merge Color me masochistic, mealy-mouthed, or just a sad,sappy sucker, but I find few things more delicious than heart-busting regret set to music and encased in wax: Billie Holiday, Nick Drake, Ralph Stanley, Cat P...

    by Anders Smith-Lindall on March 6, 2002
  • Goodiepal: Narc Beacon

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    Goodiepal: Narc Beacon

    Goodiepal Narc Beacon Skipp Surrealist pop music is a genre with plenty of pretenders but few real artistes. History bears out this sad fact: Ever since the flawless Sgt. Pepper's found its response in the trying-too-hard Their Satani...

    by Nick Phillips on March 6, 2002
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