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  • Getting Kinky - Dave Davies chats about alien invasion and spiritual healing

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    Getting Kinky - Dave Davies chats about alien invasion and spiritual healing

    Tellingly, Dave Davies begins four of the first five songs on his just-released album, Bug (Koch), with searing blasts of raw, unaccompanied guitar chords. These unalloyed sonic gestures seem to announce, "Hello, I'm back. Have a listen, please." ...

    by Michael Yockel on May 8, 2002
  • Ben Kweller: Sha Sha

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    Ben Kweller: Sha Sha

    Ben Kweller Sha Sha ATO Records The suggestion that youth is wasted on the young reveals the mixture of regret and longing we bring to viewing our headlong rush into adulthood. Watching the banality of prefab teens hawking soft drinks, we ...

    by Chris Parker on May 8, 2002
  • Denali: Denali

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    Denali: Denali

    Denali Denali Jade Tree I'm a sucker for half-assed subliminal messages: the kind you detect, but can't quite make out. Doesn't matter what they say: "Eat your broccoli," "Kill so-and-so," "Buy 11 more copies of this album." I'm highly enam...

    by Rod Smith on May 8, 2002
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    Kid America And The Action Figures: Bandy

    Kid America And The Action Figures Bandy Plug Like Anticon or Fog, Frank J. Sisti Jr. bends hip-hop roots into unlikely shapes. But unlike those contemporaries, the Queens resident--who records under the name Kid America and the Action Figu...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on May 8, 2002
  • J-Live: All of the Above

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    J-Live: All of the Above

    J-Live All of the Above Coup d'Etat J-Live is too vibrant an MC to remain a martyr forever. His right to a hallowed underground status is indisputable: Following two ace singles, his anticipated major-label debut, The Best Part, was shelv...

    by Keith Harris on May 8, 2002
  • Dirty Dancing

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    Dirty Dancing

    They got the beat. This past March thousands of DJs, producers, industry androids, and dance-music zealots turned Miami, Florida, into an epicenter of wheeling and dealing. The 17th annual weeklong Winter Music Conference blazed through South Beach, ...

    by Jen Boyles on April 24, 2002
  • Quiet is the New Loud - Spiritualized's noisy bombast vs. Pan American's soft sound

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    Quiet is the New Loud - Spiritualized's noisy bombast vs. Pan American's soft sound

    If you're yawning through your years, you aren't paying attention. As life rolls along, you learn more about the complexities of your body: the strange synaptic frequencies of the brain, the eyes that move themselves around in their sockets at night....

    by Melissa Maerz on April 24, 2002
  • Bittersweet Symphony - Howard Hamilton III insists 'Pure Energy' isn't just pure sugar

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    Bittersweet Symphony - Howard Hamilton III insists 'Pure Energy' isn't just pure sugar

    Sure, his debut album was called Baby's First Beats. And his followup, Pretend Hits, came wrapped in aggressively cute Yoshitomo Nara cover art. And his trademark sound features simple iBook and four-track beats that exude quirky charm. Nevertheles...

    by Matt Konrad on April 24, 2002
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    Odds and Ends - A roundup of unusual sounds

    So many records, so little time--for you and me both. That's why this semi-regular feature will attempt to ferret out worthwhile new albums that we wouldn't necessarily get to otherwise. Enjoy. We did. No points for guessing where a band named f...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on April 24, 2002
  • Space Oddity - Manplanet prove they're more than just a group of space cadets

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    Space Oddity - Manplanet prove they're more than just a group of space cadets

    The future ain't what it used to be. There was a time when we used to look forward to domed cities whose skyscapes were dotted with buzzing hovercraft, with automatic walkways taking us back to the homes where we'd be greeted by dutiful robot maids...

    by Keith Harris on April 17, 2002
  • Destroy Tony Blair! - With foreign politics in havoc, Super Furry Animals feel fine

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    Destroy Tony Blair! - With foreign politics in havoc, Super Furry Animals feel fine

    Listening to the Super Furry Animals in the wake of 9/11, you can't help noticing the distinction between being ready to rock and ready to "roll." A few years ago, the Welsh band's most polemical move seemed to be encouraging U.S. fans to listen care...

    by Scott Henkemeyer on April 17, 2002
  • General Electric - Touring with dance music enterprisers Sasha and Digweed

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    General Electric - Touring with dance music enterprisers Sasha and Digweed

    Though we've all done it, name-dropping can sometimes make you look stupid. "One time I tried to talk dance music with my less-than-knowledgeable cousin," a friend and fellow house-head told me awhile back. "He asked me if I liked Sasha and Digweed...

    by Jen Boyles on April 17, 2002
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    Martin Devaney: Somebody Somewhere

    MARTIN DEVANEY Somebody Somewhere self-released Onstage, Martin Devaney projects an energetic, brash, and hardly self-serious persona. Turns out he's not much different away from the spotlight: Recently I was playing records on the radio,...

    by Anders Smith-Lindall on April 17, 2002
  • Veterans Day - After only one album, the Vets are becoming a local music institution

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    Veterans Day - After only one album, the Vets are becoming a local music institution

    No more roller rinks. Forget the nascent nacho-bar and disco-ball scene--and, for God's sake, forget the couples' skate! The Vets singer/guitarist Andy Larson is certainly ready to let those things be bygones. In fact, having performed an ill-fated r...

    by Kate Silver on April 17, 2002
  • To The Break of Daylight - Aesop Rock's new EP reconstructs his old fables

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    To The Break of Daylight - Aesop Rock's new EP reconstructs his old fables

    Aesop Rock, like most musicians, would prefer not to have his most brilliant moment outshine the rest of his catalog. Nevertheless, that's what the 25-year-old rapper, born Ian Bavitz in Long Island, seems to be facing a mere two-and-a-half albums ...

    by Michaelangelo Matos on April 10, 2002
  • Dear Mr. Hawaii Dude - Steve Barone discusses hair dye, eyeliner, cheese

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    Dear Mr. Hawaii Dude - Steve Barone discusses hair dye, eyeliner, cheese

    Editor's note: Behold, the first installment of Dear Rock Star, a monthly column in which local performers field questions from their adoring public. This month Steve Barone of the Hawaii Show has been kind enough to play host. The Hawaii Dude's se...

    by Guest Rock Star on April 10, 2002
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    Ctrl-Alt-Del

    If electronic musicians are supposed to be sedate, bedroom-bound wallflowers, then why is Hrvatski such a hyper-opinionated packet of wiry energy? I've so far followed the Massachusetts-based artist, who is otherwise known as Keith Fullerton Whitman,...

    by Nick Phillips on April 10, 2002
  • Boards of Canada: Geogaddi

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    Boards of Canada: Geogaddi

    Boards of Canada Geogaddi Warp News alert: Cornell University scientists are developing an artificial human womb. The prospect of a plastic "people incubator" may immediately conjure images of Brave New World fetus factories mass-producing ...

    by Scott Walker on April 10, 2002
  • Buffalo Daughter: I

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    Buffalo Daughter: I

    Buffalo Daughter I Emperor Norton Japanese bands that have gotten noticed on this side of the Pacific seem to fall into one of two camps: Either they're infatuated with cutesy pop culture or they're musing on high art. Those Technicolor i...

    by Scott Henkemeyer on April 10, 2002
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    Matthew Shipp: Nu Bop

    Matthew Shipp Nu Bop Thirsty Ear Even at its freest, music retains an element of the mechanical, since improvisation is the struggle between the unexpected and the regimented. Accepting such limitations, prolific avant-garde pianist Ship...

    by Keith Harris on April 10, 2002
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