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Superchunk

Superchunk

As one of elder statesmen of the burgeoning alternative rock explosion in the early ‘90s, North Carolina’s Superchunk’s speedy, punk-rock anthems captured the imagination of indie-cool slackers and collegiate hipsters reckoning with the all-consuming conquest by Nirvana, and grunge in general.

No Age live!

No Age live!

7th St Entry, Minneapolis Tuesday, November 23, 2010 No Age is at that tenuous career juncture where competing contrasts often tear bands apart. No longer scrappy young upstarts, there are certain divergent expectations that can pull in opposing directions.

What's old is old again

What’s old is old again

God help us if – as Greg Kot’s recent interview with John Mellencamp indicates – rigid opinions on the right and wrong ways to make music dog us into senior citizenship.

And all the trimmings

And all the trimmings

Looking to stay fit and trim during this holiday season? What better way to shed those extra calories from your Thanksgiving celebration than moshing it up with hardcore rockers Every Time I Die?

Grinderman live!

Grinderman live!

Riviera, Chicago Monday, November 22, 2010 The mid-life crisis is usually personified by the sports car, a younger girlfriend, and the divorce that follows said paramour. Unless you’re Nick Cave. The lead singer of The Bad Seeds and The Birthday Party has addressed his growing years by staring them down and assembling a band that […]

Fell On Black Days

Fell On Black Days

So, Wednesday is Black Wednesday and Friday is Black Friday, and Black Monday was October 18th, 1987. Black Wednesday gets its title supposedly because it’s the biggest DUI night of the year, closely followed by Halloween, 4th Of July, and, of course, every other night of the year when it’s someone’s birthday.

Kash Out

Kash Out

Something like a decade ago, Tim Kasher was a sturdy tine on the Saddle Creek pitchfork, spearheading Cursive and nurturing volatility. Growing up wasn’t part of the equation.

You got to hide your Soulive away

You got to hide your Soulive away

Does the world really need another cover or an entire album of tunes made famous by the Fab Four? Soulive thinks so. Despite iTunes finally making The Beatles’ catalog available to consumers after years of legal trouble, the trio hopes fans will bypass the classic versions and turn a kind eye to its interpretations on […]

It's a hooootenanny!

It’s a hooootenanny!

Critics, stepping all over themselves to discredit Hinder, often overlook a crucial fact about the band’s sound.

A Tunng lashing

A Tunng lashing

It sounds stupid, but let’s get it out of the way: If Sufjan Stevens were behind . . . And Then We Saw Land (Thrill Jockey), we’d forget all about The Age Of Adz and hail it as an album of the year. Tunng won’t be so lucky.

Carmine said three girls

Carmine said three girls

What The Chapin Sisters have it all except Hollywood. Siblings? Check. Famous family? Check. A massive breakup? Ch- well, no.

Am I Blacc Enough?

Am I Blacc Enough?

With old age comes a deranged sense of humor. Suddenly, the same joke applies to every scenario and damnit if you don’t need to repeat it a couple times before people finally acknowledge your stunningly developed wit with an uncomfortable smile.

Keep them 'doggies rollin'

Keep them ‘doggies rollin’

Judge, we’d like to present you with Exhibit A: the book cover. The above photograph is quite indicative of the music you are about to hear.

El DeBarge live!

El DeBarge live!

The Shrine, Chicago Saturday, November 5, 2010   In his prime, El DeBarge and his family band bearing the same last name were competing neck in neck with The Jacksons, Prince and the early days of New Edition. Aside from rock solid status on the Motown label and R&B hits galore, the group’s been covered […]

IE at Austin City Limits!

IE at Austin City Limits!

Austin. Texas. The city whose official slogan is, boldly, “The Live Music Capital of the World.” Insert heated debate…here. Just voted “Best Music Town” by the readers of Frommer’s Budget Travel, Austin boasts over 200 live music venues, in a metro area of just 1.7 million.

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