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Will Hoge escapes 'The Wreckage' with enewed spirit, rediscovers passion


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Chris Parker
Nobody wants to learn things the hard way, but, alas, there's a reason there's a school of hard knocks. Sometimes, sense must be beaten into us. DISCOVERING GUITAR ...
 
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Teenage Bottlerocket blasts out of 'Shadows,' adding more furious fuel to pop-punk pedigree


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Chris Parker
There's virtue in simplicity. It's one of punk's charms. Drawing on the high-energy, straight-ahead spirit of the Ramones and the pop-punk tunefulness of acts like Screeching Weasel, the four me...
 
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Los Lobos refuse to rest, not kidding around with new album of Disney covers


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Chris Parker
Los Lobos has explored rock, roots, R&B and Spanish/Mexican sounds for more than 35 years, and its members are just as vibrant today as when they released their critically acclaimed 1984 deb...
 
Thursday, October 29, 2009

Singer/songwriter, actress Kate Voegele shrugs humble shoulder at Hollywood


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Chris Parker
Kate Voegele's enjoyed enough success to spin a young girl's head, but with her feet firmly planted by a Midwestern upbringing, she's managed to avoid the kind of pitfalls that dot the tabloids....
 
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mute Math negotiates near-breakup to reach a new 'Armistice'


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Chris Parker
It's not easy getting attention as a new band, but sometimes it just takes one good idea. In the case of New Orleans' Mute Math, it was a video for the song "Typical," which besides being a part...
 
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Rambling singer/songwriter's wild, hard-living youth finally finds home in newer songs


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Chris Parker
Outlaws never die " they just get wise ... or incarcerated. So it is for musical tumbleweed Phil Lee, who's blown from one coast to another for nearly 40 years in pursuit of music. ...
 
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Hoots & Hellmouth continues old-fashioned hootenanny with existential new album


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Chris Parker
One of Americana's most endearing attributes is its lack of pretense. At its best, the style evokes a homey, unhurried heartfelt straightforwardness that stands out against an overcomplicated, e...
 
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Star Wars: In Concert' brings score with traveling museum of movie props, paraphernalia


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Chris Parker
It's arguably the most enduring story of the 20th century and the biggest global phenomena since Christianity. The "Star Wars" film franchise has grossed $4.2 billion worldwide, and the merchand...
 
Thursday, October 15, 2009

Those Darlins combine country wit, pop melody and rock democracy


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Chris Parker
It's easy to love Those Darlins, and not just because of the three lovely ladies who front the band. They possess a bristling verve and winning melodicism that combines the muscular rhythms of p...
 
Thursday, October 8, 2009

Swedish musicians The Sounds return to America


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Chris Parker
Where would music be without youthful exuberance and naïveté? Frequently, it's that pie-eyed innocence that allows a band to push through all obstacles with the enthusiasm of one who doesn't...
 
Thursday, October 8, 2009

Michael Nau remakes sound, discovers a 'Paranoid' voice, rejoins band mate


Music

Chris Parker
It's not easy separating Page France from Cotton Jones. Not only could the monikers of Michael Nau's former and current musical projects be character names from a children's book, but the sweet,...
 
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Clutch has driven hard for decades, rock gears grinding into heavy roar


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Chris Parker
The four core members of Clutch have released eight albums in nearly 20 years, exploring a steely hard-rocking boogie that blends blues-psych, metal and rock. Chunky monstrous grooves are built ...
 
Thursday, October 1, 2009

Los Angeles psych-rockers Dead Meadow sow striking, organic sounds of 'Old Growth'


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Chris Parker
The chug rolls in like a skunky fog, casting a ghostly pall over Dead Meadow and its groovy psychedelia. More Casper than Headless Horseman, the spirit lounges lazily in deeply rutted rhythms th...
 
Thursday, September 24, 2009

L.A.'s Division Day breaks with dreamy debut, embraces murky, eerie, supernatural


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Chris Parker
Bands involve a lot of "hurry up and wait," and musicians endure plenty of sitting in vans and green rooms before showtime, but like any race, it's all a matter of endurance. Division Day's ...
 
Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dual-drumming Savannah sludge-rockers Kylesa overhaul sound


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Chris Parker
Hard-rockers Kylesa have never been ones to chase a trend, but thanks in part to the efforts of their Georgian neighbors to the north, the Savannah quintet finds itself caught in a riptide of th...
 
Thursday, September 24, 2009
 
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