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How low can you go?

Murder by Death live at the Middle East Downstairs, February 7, 2009
"Turn down the bass!" a well-meaning fan finally yelled last Saturday night, about a half-hour into Murder by Death's sold-out performance downstairs at the Middle East.
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 10, 2009


Lily Allen | It's Not Me, It's You

Capitol (2009)
On her 2007 debut, this young British MySpace sensation came across like that rare thing — a natural.
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  February 09, 2009


¡Vamos a rock!

'Rock en Español 2' rides a new East Coast wave of Latino music
'Rock en Español 2' rides a new East Coast wave of Latino music
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  January 28, 2010


Pink | Funhouse

LaFace (2008)
Everything about this good bad ol’ pop Cinderella’s fifth (!) album is tried, true, and tired.
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  November 07, 2008


Call it a comeback

The Drive-By Truckers veer from the brink
Alabama offspring Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley have been making raucous rock and roll together in one band or another for the past 23 years, about the same time it takes most offspring to grow up and get real jobs.
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  November 03, 2008


What rhymes with Barack?

Mr. Lif takes on the headlines
The story of underground hip-hop these days often seems like the inverse of Barack Obama’s story.  
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  October 29, 2008


Interview: Courtney Taylor-Taylor

Mission: control freak
In the 2004 documentary DiG! , the Dandy Warhols’ Courtney Taylor-Taylor reacts to the musical criticism of a Capitol Records executive by scoffing, “I sneeze and hits come out!”
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  September 08, 2008



Left for Dead | Shake It
Wussy’s 2005 debut, Funeral Dress (also Shake It), was loved wherever it was reviewed, but it wasn’t reviewed much.
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  November 27, 2007


Bands of Gypsy

Gogol Bordello and Balkan Beat Box
The explosion of neo-Gypsy-hybrid music started, you might say, with a cleverly worded flyer spied years ago by Eugene Hütz.
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  September 25, 2007


Outer limits

The return of Apples in Stereo
Sooner or later, most of us come to need at least some support in the mental world as well as the physical.
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  September 12, 2007


Gabel, Gabel, hey!

Against Me!’s new wave of political punk
New Wave ’s opening title track makes as much of its referential moniker as the Clash did of the phrase “London Calling.”
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  August 31, 2007


New kids on the rock

The Click Five struggle with the new world disorder
Back on June 20, three tour buses were lined up like impregnable traveling fortresses behind the House of Blues in Cleveland.
By: FRANKLIN SOULTS  |  June 29, 2007
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