Recent Features

19 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Kill Hannah

Chicago's hometown modern rock heroes are starting to get some play outside the Windy City, proving that dedication and hard work pays off. And if the same devotion that they've generated in local fans can be instilled in new audiences, then the brand extension is likely to blossom following a new album and tour.

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18 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Souvenir

Back in the days before VCRs and sell-through VHS/DVD titles, a soundtrack was your only tactile souvenir of any entertainment experience. Certainly, you had your memories, and the emotions created or considered via the film, television show, or musical in question, but the only real way to relive the moment -- at least in your mind -- was to trot on down to your local record store and pick up the official companion LP.

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How Cigarettes Killed My Youth, and The Killers Made Sure It Was Dead

A requiem for Toronto's Dance Cave, emblematic of underage dance nights everywhere, and the dark 1980s dance music entombed there.

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14 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Casey Kessel

An independent artist in the truest sense of the word, Casey Kessel may call Nashville her home, but she writes and performs country music on her own terms and at her own expense. Capturing the details of life in powerfully touching songs, Kessel's talents may only currently find their way to public ears in the mouths of others, but odds are that situation won't last long.

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A Little All Over the Place

Matt Joynt of Anathallo talks about the band's unusual journey to its finest work to date, Floating World.

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An Overheard Conversation Concerning Musical Taste

'But who determines the criteria by which one determines if something is well formed?' A debate of taste rages in a small field outside Maryland.

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8 Sep 2006 // 12:00 AM

Crüe’d and Tattüe’d

After catching nearly a dozen live dates, PopMatters' Adam Williams explores the rising ranks of a new class of Crüehead.

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The Little Ones

With an EP called Sing Song, the Little Ones capture the sweet/sad, just beginning and already wistfully nostalgic vibe of perfect power pop. Frontman Ed Reyes talks about his journey from emo Sunday's Best to the hand-clapped, euphorically harmonized Little Ones... and his less-than-rockstar penchant for early rising.

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6 Sep 2006 // 9:00 PM

Notes from Underground

Begrand hits the traveling metal show Sounds of the Underground for nine hours of mayhem, moshing, and merch. And though this town's put the kibosh on mosh, there's plenty of familiar sights and sounds, from Metallica wannabes to papier-mâché phalluses.

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The Big O: Beyond the Dark Glasses

Expanded reissues of the pivotal first three LPs recorded by Roy Orbison for Monument Records provides an insightful reminder of a true musical pioneer.

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31 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

V Festival 2006

Michael Lomas braves road-trip ruin in a desperate search for the sun. What he finds are ornery guards, boys with drugs up their bums, and a whole lot of bands.

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31 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

V Festival 2006

Michael Lomas braves road-trip ruin in a desperate search for the sun. What he finds are ornery guards, boys with drugs up their bums, and a whole lot of bands.

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Trouser Snakes on a Tour Plane: A Long Journey with Journey

Love or loathe them, Journey's songs are etched into our collective subconscious, and deeper than most of us would like to admit.

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Bubblegum Pops the (Counter-)Culture

Fake and faceless, bubblegum pop in the late '60s and early '70s offended the prevailing rock myths of artistic creativity and rugged opposition to the powers-that-be.

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Trippin’: The Cure 1983-1987

The third wave of Cure Deluxe Edition releases track Robert Smith's ascent from a murky personal and professional crisis to far-reaching commercial heights.

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17 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Viva Los Elvises

We can chose which of the Elvis personas we wish to remember. Graham-Silverman prefers the one that is long on nerve, and charm, and everything else he had going for him, as seen in Viva Las Vegas.

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If Elvis was all about pelvis, Peaches is all about crotch

Somewhere along the rock 'n' roll line, the possibility of getting caught up in an Elvis-induced lunatic sexual artistic revolution disappeared. Blame Warhol and Peaches.

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17 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

Food Fit for a King

In an experiment to eat like Elvis Presley for a day, Mhatre finds it takes enormous... capacity... to emulate the King.

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16 Aug 2006 // 12:00 AM

The Velvet Elvis Revolution

Once Elvis became our biggest commodity, he also became our greatest means for social control, redirecting people's "wicked desires" onto products so that genuine social unrest would be preemptively sated by material acquisition.

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The Little Killers

Once the only active band on the legendary Crypt Records roster, NYC's the Little Killers rampage on with a new label, a new record, a new producer, and a smokin' old-style approach to rock 'n' roll.

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"The “colonialism” at play is not between nations, rather it seems more interested in how it influences a man recently come of age.

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