At the end of 1995, Gary Louris had a problem. A big one. His band, the critically acclaimed Minneapolis-based Jayhawks, was just starting to gain some commercial traction after a decade of existence at the front of the No Depression/Americana/alt-country pack. Their release earlier that year, Tomo ... More >>
Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett developed a fast following through clever words and a casually indifferent demeanor. Anticipation since she unloaded the ingenuity of the slacker-noire hit "Avant Gardener" last summer and The Double EP: A Sea of Split Peas had its U.S. release in the fa ... More >>
Duluth trio hits a 20-year high
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Legs McNeil is a legendary rock music historian, author and journalist. He co-founded and wrote for Punk Magazine back in the mid-'70s, is a former senior editor for Spin, and founder/editor of Nerve magazine in 1992. He is renowned as co-author of Please Kill Me: the Uncensored Oral History of Pu ... More >>
He's surly and flippant but that's why we like him
Once upon a time, candy rapper Vanilla Ice was known to rock a house or two - or at least the recreation-center 13th birthday parties of herbs who didn't know any better. Today, Vanilla Ice would like to teach you, real-estate newbie, how to cold rock a couple houses, or maybe a fuck-load of hous ... More >>
Written by Zach Zins of Chooglin'Previously: Volume OneBORDEAUXBordeaux turned out to be the best town and best show yet. We rolled in early evening, got our hotel rooms, and wandered off into the city. The Garonne river splits Bordeaux in two, and the government buildings, museums, c ... More >>
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Steven Watson looks at the assembly line celebrities of Warhol's factory
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Gary Louris and the Jayhawks have soared with introspective songs and rich melodies. Now, with their upbeat new album, Smile, the band is determined to fly up the commercial charts.
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The never-ending showdown between a relentless poetic provocateur and the back-patting literary establishment that shudders at the very sound of his name
Bedding down with Walker Kong and the Dangermakers
After braving years of backlash, techno's first crossover star, Moby, spins back to his DJ roots
Low have been heckled by crowds and dropped from their label. Now Minnesota's quietest band returns with its best album yet.
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