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  • Damien Jurado

    published October 19, 2006

    For over a decade, Seattle-based singer-songwriter Damien Jurado has flown under the radar as this generation's Nick Drake. Jurado has a hushed,... More >>

  • Alexisonfire

    published October 19, 2006

    St. Catharines, Ontario-based Alexisonfire epitomizes the annoying new breed of punk rockers. Check their new album, Crisis. There's brash,... More >>

  • Planes Mistaken For Stars

    published October 12, 2006

    Though Planes Mistaken For Stars have been associated with the screamo movement since the quartet's inception in 1997, on the band's latest... More >>

  • Favourite Sons

    published October 5, 2006

    Favourite Sons is the musical vehicle of Ken Griffin, an Irish-born vocalist who fronted the sorely overlooked dream-pop band Rollerskate Skinny... More >>

  • Headlights

    published October 5, 2006

    On Headlights' debut full-length, Kill Them With Kindness, there is no shortage of layered instrumentation, which is why it's surprising to... More >>

  • Tool

    published September 7, 2006

    Record labels treat most bands like sweatshop workers, pushing them to produce, produce, produce. Tool has been an exception. Having released only... More >>

  • Beating the Traffic

    published August 3, 2006

    "There are hundreds of thousands of immigrants each year that are trafficked and end up being held against their will as captive slaves," says... More >>

  • Bring the Noise

    published August 3, 2006

    We're proud that Houston rap is enjoying its place in the national mainstream. But the Gulf Coast heavy metal scene is unfortunately still seeded... More >>

  • Roses on Your Grave

    published August 3, 2006

    "Rock Is Dead" is a trademark song from the Houston-based gloom-glam-punk band Dead Roses. Are they implying rock music no longer has a... More >>

  • Mark Farina

    published July 27, 2006

    For more than a decade, San Francisco DJ Mark Farina has been a prominent figure on the house scene. Of course, this shouldn't be surprising,... More >>

  • Metal Warriors

    published July 27, 2006

    Springfield, Massachusetts's Shadows Fall is a rarity among metal bands, one that executes hard, fast and dangerous music and gets... More >>

  • The Black Heart Procession, with The Castanets and Devics

    published July 20, 2006

    The San Diego–based band The Black Heart Procession began as a side project of Three Mile Pilot guitarist/vocalist Pall Jenkins and pianist Tobia... More >>

  • King Crimson's Heir

    published July 20, 2006

    Genesis, Yes and King Crimson are perhaps the best-known progressive rock bands of the 20th century, but who is still kicking out the tech-jams in... More >>

  • Get Screwed

    published July 20, 2006

    The top players of the Houston hip-hop game, including Bun B, Mike Jones and Slim Thug, have more than just their hometown and genre of music in... More >>

  • These Are the Breaks

    published July 13, 2006

    Movies such as Beat Street and Breakin' put breakdancing in the spotlight in the '80s. But the art has evolved in the last 20 years,... More >>

  • What's on God's iPod?

    published July 13, 2006

    No one knows contemporary Christian rock and pop better than KSBJ 89.3 FM. And you can get your fill of godly tunes at today's KSBJ 24th... More >>

  • The Beat Goes On

    published July 13, 2006

    Everywhere in the world besides the U.S., ska-revivalists The English Beat are referred to as simply The Beat. The Birmingham, England... More >>

  • Albino Riddim

    published July 13, 2006

    Most legendary Jamaican musicians — see Bob Marley and Peter Tosh — have been dark-skinned, dreadlocked Rastafarians. But... More >>

  • Dave's the 1

    published July 6, 2006

    What's the word on Chromeo, the Montreal/New York duo that'll headline today's Starbucks Mixed Media Music Series at the Museum of Fine... More >>

  • Here Comes the Sun

    published July 6, 2006

    At the hip restaurant-bar Gravitas, DJ Sun is turning up the heat with his new Thursday-night weekly, Skyline at Sidebar. The gig launched... More >>

  • Big Show

    published July 6, 2006

    Big City Rock is appropriately named, considering the band is from a big city (Los Angeles) and it plays rock music. The quintet's... More >>

  • Panic at the Warehouse

    published July 6, 2006

    Soon after the late-2001 anthrax scare put an already paranoid America into panic mode, the legendary New York metal band Anthrax issued a... More >>

  • Pop Goes the Dead

    published July 6, 2006

    It seems unlikely that a jazzy, avant-garde rock band would ever dabble in pop. But then, Seattle trio The Dead Science isn't your... More >>

  • Magik Markers, with Lambsbread and Rusted Shut

    published June 29, 2006

    The key to Magik Markers' success is geography. Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, the trio calls to mind the current noise scene of nearby... More >>

  • Something's Fishy

    published June 29, 2006

    Scott Huber — better known as the local left-field rhymer Babelfishh — pushes a brand of quirky, lo-fi indie hip-hop that's... More >>

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