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Stayin’ alive

How to survive without resorting to disco
Once in a while, usually during slow rock weeks, some strange little “quirky news” story will get stuck in the media craw and bounce around uselessly to pretty much every outlet.  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 28, 2008



When bands dress up for Halloween, it’s creepy
Maybe it’s because dressing up as the economy would be kind of lame, but I’m haven’t heard Jack O’Shit in the way of truly scary costume ideas this year.  
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 28, 2008


Forever young

At 67, Joan Baez is more diamonds than rust
When I first get Joan Baez on the phone, my burning question is what she thinks of the upcoming presidential election.  
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 27, 2008


Wandering star

Jolie Holland’s got demons on her trail
Cleaning the kitchen of her Brooklyn apartment a few weeks ago — shortly before hitting the road in support of her fourth full-length, The Living and the Dead (Anti-) — singer-songwriter Jolie Holland was struck by an idea for her fifth album.  
By: MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 28, 2008

Death rattles

Headhunter and Kid Blue so dope it’s scary
Headhunter and Kid Blue so dope it’s scary
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 29, 2008


A history of violins

The bigger, better sound of Dungen
To paraphrase (very loosely) Ben Franklin, wherever you go in this world of ours — and that includes Sweden, native land of Dungen mastermind Gustav Ejstes — nothing is certain but death, taxes, and being picked on mercilessly if you’re a kid who plays the violin.
By: MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 23, 2008


Offa my couch, Larroquette

Foos fight McCain, Madonna pans Palin, Heart hearts Barack
In a video posted to his Web site, former Rolling Stone Ringo Starr has lovingly warned his fans to stop sending him fan mail.  
By: DAVID THORPE  |  October 24, 2008


Philly busters

In the studio with Jedi Mind Tricks
Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz instructed me to meet him at a barren studio beneath a highway overpass in South Philly, where they were at work on their latest, A History of Violence (now out on Babygrande).  
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 24, 2008


Get around to it

Belated props to Arthur Russell
You would not guess, listening to his music, that Arthur Russell grew up in Oskaloosa, Iowa. In fact you might not guess that he came from anywhere.  
By: RICHARD BECK  |  October 25, 2008


Interview: Talib Kweli

Black star
If one hip-hop album crystallized the schism between underground authenticity and mainstream monotony, it was Mos Def and Talib Kweli Are Black Star (Rawkus).  
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  October 21, 2008


Scenic route to Hell

Easter Bloodhounds take their sweet time destroying you
When it comes to goals a band can strive to achieve, having an excuse to get hammered and make noise with your buddies is surely among the most practical.  
By: BARRY THOMPSON  |  October 20, 2008


Bob Dylan Unboxed

Everything you wanted to know about Tell-Tale Signs but were afraid to buy
This October, Columbia Records is releasing Tell-Tale Signs: Rare and Unreleased 1989-2006 , a collection of recordings by Bob Dylan that are different from recordings issued on the seven studio albums he released in that period.  
By: GUSTAVO TURNER  |  October 15, 2008


Interview: Billy Bragg

Mr. Love & Justice on the Clash, the Queen, and preaching to the choir
English singer-songwriter Billy Bragg once called himself “a one-man band who thinks he’s the Clash.”  
By: JIM SULLIVAN  |  October 15, 2008


Break it easy

Deerhoof loosen up on Offend Maggie
When I ask Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier about the mythological references on their new Offend Maggie , he riffs on the question itself.  
By: DANIEL DENORCH  |  October 17, 2008


Ragnarök and roll

Great moments in culturally appropriated Viking history
Amon Amarth are but the latest assault of the Viking æsthetic on our pop culture’s collective psyche.  
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 15, 2008


It takes a pillage

Amon Amarth lead the Viking death-metal pack
When I finally get Amon Amarth vocalist Johan Hegg on the phone, I feel as if I’d woken a giant.  
By: DANIEL BROCKMAN  |  October 15, 2008


Rhapsodies in blues

Scissormen razor sharp on Luck in a Hurry
“There are a lot of people that play the blues with too much reverence. And that’s the reason that most blues sucks,” says Scissormen frontman (and Phoenix contributor) Ted Drozdowski.  
By: MIKE MILIARD  |  October 15, 2008


Unsettling business

Kevin Frenette and Ricardo Donoso sound off
Kevin Frenette’s playing is warm yet cerebral, and his music lies in the middleground between avant jazz and free improvisation.  
By: SUSANNA BOLLE  |  October 16, 2008


Molten ’core

The triumphant return of Shudder To Think
You might not buy this, but Fitchburg was pretty happening 15 years ago.  
By: MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  October 08, 2008


Lady killers

Vivian Girls find fans, lose shoes
“Maybe over there? Try over there . . . ” The muffled voice in the background sounds defeated.
By: MICHAEL ALAN GOLDBERG  |  October 08, 2008


Blown up

Shoney Lamar proves there’s life after Florida
Lamar’s voice both ravages and exults in the past 10 years of the Pained Male Pop Singer.  
By: MATT PARISH  |  October 08, 2008

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