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Local music awards a success

Most would probably argue that the inherent humility of local, independent music probably wouldn't jibe too well with the glitz, glamour and out-sized egos normally associated with an awards ceremony. Which is ...
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Shits & Giggles

Last week the U.S. Supreme Court issued a verdict that capital punishment of those under 18 years of age is unconstitutional because it amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. Y'know if we can't put children t...
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They Are The Fun Blame Monsters

The idea of a band using a computer program to help arrange their songs may strike many "rockists" and those desperately clinging to traditional songwriting as a little slice of impersonal, easily dismissed gim...
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U2, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb

Upon listening to U2's latest effort, How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, the thought process behind the album is almost as audible as the music, to wit; "Hey, that whole anthematic thing really sold us a shitload...
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The Castanets: Cathedral

4 Stars The Castanets seem to be a band that realizes that long before country was associated with the glitz of Nashville, it was a folk music that expressed the shadowy underbelly of a hopelessly destitute un...
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Not so live from New York

If this column sounds familiar, don't be alarmed. Let's be honest, I write it pretty much every week, so you're bound to have deja vu here and there. It's a common road. I usually swear a couple of times, say "...
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Shits and Giggles

Gov. Rod Blagojevich signed into legislation a bill that allows free potluck dinners to be held without state or local health inspections. Apparently, differing interpretations of state health code laws caused ...
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A Minute With Legendary Bassist Mike Watt

I get scared shitless to play in front of people; I got into music to be with my friends." This is coming from Mike Watt, bassist extraordinaire, punk rock journeyman and all-around underground rock legend. At ...