Cage The Elephant Brings Dylan To Hip-Hopped Punks

Raised in a mystical Christian commune and confined to Gospel music, Cage The Elephant’s five young members grew up uninformed about even the most basic indie punk bands. When singer Matt Shultz’s parents finally found out he had a Green Day cassette, they destroyed it, finding the rebellious trio offensive. …

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Jason Lytle Goes Solo For Yours Truly, The Commuter

Ex-Grandaddy mastermind, Jason Lytle, relies on beautifully textured symphonic moods and swooning sad-voiced ethereality to reach nirvana. Taking a surrealistic pilgrimage beyond the Flaming Lips astral weeps, Grandaddy’s subtle orchestral provocations attached Lytle’s diligently detailed compositional mastery and gorgeously sequenced keyboard regalia to main comrade Jim Fairchild’s interlaced fuzzy guitar …

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Au Revoir Simone: Interview with Erika Forster

Au Revoir Simone are three long-legged long-haired lasses living in Brooklyn who weave gossamer pillow-talked seductions through minimalist melodic symphonies, futurist lounge pop, celestial ambient abstractions, and buoyant cybernetic Kraut-rock. Customarily using vintage manual input devices, their most accomplished set yet, ’09’s Still Night, Still Light, refines the ethereal …

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Interview with Syl Sylvain of New York Dolls: ‘Cause I Sez So’

Predating punk by a few years, the New York Dolls’ blues-y glamour rock bridged the gap between the Rolling Stones early ’60s primitivism and the Sex Pistols late-’70s ruff ‘n’ tumble amateurism. Lascivious androgynous singer, David Johansen, blurted out defiant lyrics with snot-nosed adolescent authority, creating a tremendous furor his …

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Shooting From The Hip: The Drones

Over the course of five albums in eight years, the Drones have honed their dauntless apocalyptic sound. Current subterranean champs of Australia’s wide-ranging Melbourne scene, they mangle psych-punk lamentations with epic Goth meditations, creating enough funereal gloom for the doomed, swooned, and lampooned creatures being lyrically subverted. Though supporting musicians …

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Interview With Benjamin Verdoes of Mt. Saint Helens Vietnam Band

Sometimes the most popular band member isn’t the group leader, as was the case with the Beatles when they first hit the shores of America. Good-humored drummer Ringo Starr drew more attention than John, Paul, and George, even though his role was subordinate. And now, 45 years later, in similar …

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Interview With Hutch Harris Of The Thermals

Coming out of the Pacific Northwest indie rock scene fully formed, the Thermals mainstays, singer/guitarist Hutch Harris and bassist Kathy Foster, received paltry exposure in a folky boy/girl duo (annoyingly labeled twee-pop), a few unheralded combos, and surprisingly, a long-defunct stoner rock outfit. But as the Thermals, the now-married duo …

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Black Keys @ Wellmont Theatre

MONTCLAIR, NJ—On an unseasonably warm Sunday night in February, two capable Buckeye State outfits conquered North Jersey’s newest high-profile concert venue. Gaining a strong foothold aboveground, Akron’s Black Keys earned their respectable audience the “hard way,” touring frequently to promote four reliable deconstructed “white blues” albums. Meanwhile, opener Doug Gillard, …

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Shooting From The Hip: Gang Gang Dance Regale Saint Dymphna

It’s lamentable how often death provides meaningful stimulus for musicians of all stripes. Sometimes it redeems otherwise reluctant artists to dig deeper for that extra motivational spark that puts them over the top. Yet it’s a sad predicament understood all-too-well by New York-based acid house enthusiasts, Gang Gang Dance.

An …

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Interview: The Week That Was Comes And Goes

Taking their sloganeering moniker from a satirical ‘60s British newsreel hosted by David Frost (who was recently popularized in acclaimed Frost/Nixon movie), The Week That Was is the outstanding offshoot project of Field Music co-founder Peter Brewis. A former drummer in quirky indie-pop enthusiasts, the Futureheads, the 31-year-old Sunderland native …

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