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Amel Larrieux

After reaching the heights of mainstream success, neo-soul vocalist Amel Larrieux had to start over when it came to crafting her own vision. Three albums into a sometimes turbulent solo career, she's finally found her independence, and is preparing a musical explosion of creative output.

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Folk Goes Interplanetary with Espers

The Philadelphia folk collective's Greg Weeks and Meg Baird talk about their new larger band, the tantalizing possibility of an all-planetarium tour, and their delicate balance of space-age drone and pristine folk.

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The Busy Boy Buys Box Sets: Billy Bragg Revisited

Billy Bragg has been described elsewhere as a one-man Clash, but that's the sort of arrant nonsense that gets music journalists a bad name. No, what Bragg is, is an English Bob Dylan. Cross-bred with a cockney Morrissey who learned how to box.

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27 Apr 2006 // 10:00 PM

Death and Music

As my eyes locked on that stark casket, my mind tripped out. The cognitive dissonance of it all shut me down until they played Aunt Shirley's 'Here's to Life'.

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Silversun Pickups

Something special is happening in Los Angeles, but a band with a sound this big can't be kept secret for long. Silversun Pickups are ascending artists of raucous splendor and inspiring vitality.

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Sounds Better in a Song: An Interview with Drive-By Truckers

Drive-By Truckers guitarist Mike Cooley talks with us about the blood and guts inside the Southern rock band's rollicking new album.

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The Creeping Nobodies

Doing it all for the love of the music, Toronto-based band the Creeping Nobodies keeps the romantic dream alive while diligently slogging through the dirty work, finding themselves on the cusp of expanding both their territory and their audience's horizons.

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Lost in the Last Attack: Recovering the Comsat Angels

The retro-postpunk wave seems to have crested, but the Comsat Angels at their best transcended trends and flew the genre coop, traveling on their heavenly wings straight for greatness.

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On the Necessity of Listening As Confrontation

How can you possibly know why you 'like' something you assume you like unless you confront that which you have dismissed? Jenkins discusses the importance of spending time with the music that immediately displeases us.

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16 Apr 2006 // 10:00 PM

The Time to Kill Is Now!

The least poetic of metal bands, Cannibal Corpse has gone to disturbing lengths to make gruesomeness its cold, calculated calling card.

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Granola Funk Express

Few would think to look for hip-hop explorers in the hills of North Carolina, but this collective has been mining beats and crafting thoughtful rhymes for almost a decade. Meet Granola Funk Express, the new children of a revolution.

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12 Apr 2006 // 1:00 AM

The Therapeutic Philosophy of Matthew Barber

The Canadian singer-songwriter may seem like another Jack Johnson-y AOR man purveying soporific pseudo-soul background music. But considering his degree in philosophy, could it be he's trying to find a way to bring Wittgenstein to the masses?

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The Not-So-Freewheelin’ Vashti Bunyan

After being on break for nearly half a lifetime, the singer returns to make sure it's her vision on record.

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31 Mar 2006 // 1:00 AM

Grab Bag

In this hodge-podge mix of soundtracks, we find some exceptional scoring, competent storytelling, tween packaging, and some poor reissues and television compilations.

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The State of the Ark in the United States, or Why a Glam Rock Band Could Change Your Life

Ola Salo explains his band's semi-political, melancholic, and eternal rump shakers.

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The Redcoats Are Coming!  The British Invasion of SXSW ‘06

Ellis spends four days in Austin looking for the finest exports from Tony Blair's Cool Britannia. In lieu of monkeys, magic numbers, and Moz, his search yields Casio-pop, California harmonies, and communal sing-along epics.

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20 Mar 2006 // 10:00 PM

Gag Order

Pink takes on the popular stupid girls, but only a little.

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17 Mar 2006 // 1:03 AM

Docility and Power: An Interview with Circle II Circle

Circle II Circle's Zak Stevens just can't leave the business.

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15 Mar 2006 // 10:00 PM

The Queen Isn’t Dead

Fearing an embarrassing failure on the scale of the Star Wars prequels, Begrand braves Queensryche's new sequel to its 20-year-old masterpiece Operation: Mindcrime.

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The Power of Film Music

The 10 soundtracks discussed in this installment of Surround Sound reflect a variety of styles, genres and approaches to film music. But in the end, all of them are similar in the way they try to enhance our viewing experience.

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//Mixed media

A Chat with José González at Newport Folk Festival

// Notes from the Road

"José González's sets during Newport Folk Festival weren't on his birthday (that is today) but each looked to be a special intimate performance.

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