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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Shooting From The Hip: Crystal Stilts Trek Brooklyn, Reveal Alight Of Night

Meeting in Boca Raton through mutual friends, Velvet Underground fans Brad Hargett (vocals) and JB Townsend (guitar) moved to New York City with no serious plan except to get the hell out of South Florida’s placid doldrums. After settling into Brooklyn’s presently thriving and oft-times peculiar art community, they began …

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Shooting From The Hip: Gringo Star Reign Retro On All Y’all

Impressive Atlanta-based retro-rock foursome, Gringo Star, not only satirically snatch Beatles drummer Ringo Starr’s snazzy moniker, but also appropriate the sound of the Fab Four’s earliest British Invasion rivals. With verve and panache, they swipe the best ’60s-era disciples in an unreconstructed manner that truly distills rock and roll’s primal …

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Shooting From The Hip: Giving Some Respect To The School Of Rock

As a small time commercial real estate broker in the Meadowlands during the early ‘90s, I vainly tried to rent out the current South Hackensack space now housing one of Paul Green’s School Of Rock franchises. On a brisk Friday eve in late October, this combination music school/ concert space, …

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Shooting From The Hip: Hercules’ Love Affair Dances To The Top

First, ancient Greek drama gave us Hercules, the courageous mortal-turned-God. And now, hundreds of centuries later, a non-ancestral Colorado-raised impresario using the same handle currently dominates America’s sullied dance floors. As the reluctant brainchild steadying Hercules And Love Affair’s self-titled debut (DFA Records), techno warrior Andrew Butler has risen out …

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Shooting From The Hip: New Roots Revival Underground

Many talented artists have expanded upon the deep heritage of American folk music since its inception. Countless Blues-defined artists from Blind Lemon Jefferson to Leadbelly and Mississippi John Hurt to RL Burnside and various Country-related troubadours from Woody Guthrie to Hank Williams to Gram Parsons to Uncle Tupelo got entangled …

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Shooting From The Hip: TK Webb’s Visions Bolster Ancestor

Presumably on a whim, singer-guitarist TK Webb came to New York City looking for exposure. But whether the Kansas City, Missouri, native really landed in the Big Apple due to “lack of a better idea” or just because he sought to be a part of its vital music scene could …

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Shooting From The Hip: Ex-Aquarian Ad Director Busted & Cleared In Boston

“Sometimes good people make bad laws,” reputable journalistic adman Rick Cusick explains to his 10 year-old daughter, Dylan, when confronted with his ’07 Beantown arrest for simple marijuana possession.

The Montclair native, an associate publisher of High Times, would’ve had a hard time denying the charge since his face …

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Shooting From The Hip: Atmosphere Seeks Resolution By Painting Shit Gold

Take one of the best rhyme flowing freestylers, hook him up with an equally talented hip-hop producer, mix and match delicious beat samplings, and stir sufficiently throughout the course of a decade. The result: Atmosphere – a premier Minneapolis underground rap alliance initially revealed on a few impressive homespun cassettes.…

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Shooting From The Hip: Doin’ The Notwist As Summer Ends

As my summer of ’08 concludes and the body surfin’ waves at the Jersey Shore and Sunset Beach come to a close and the feel good memories slowly recede into the deep recesses of my mind, there’s a few truly fine musical remembrances that stick out. Some were from a …

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