The Flaming Lips
INTERVIEW

Wayne Coyne is the greatest guy ever.* Just keep that bit of information in mind, it will make sense later. If you happen to be an audiophile and not completely blind, you may notice that the Flaming Lips are on the cover of tons of music magazines lately as they promote their latest album, At War with the Mystics. Like other Lips albums, Mystics is a milieu of soundscapes, weirdo lyrics, electro/acoustic embellishments, countrified signing and psychedelic titles. And I...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
The Gray Kid
INTERVIEW

Steve Cooper will admit he’s more than a rapper, although he doesn’t mind the title. He’s also a booty-shakin, falsetto-singing, public policy-workin’ kid from the East coast who is using the good fortune he’s finding in Los Angeles as he inches toward fame. So, you moved here 6 months ago from NY. Do you think you can “make it” easier here than in NYC? It’s not even close. Physically the labels aren’t there. The community of musicians is much bigger,...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
Stavesacre
INTERVIEW

Q and A with Frontman, Mark Salomon 1.) So you guys are coming on ten years of service in the rock n’ roll game, how do you keep the momentum going and also, how do you keep yourself inspired? Well… not really sure on momentum – it’s either there or it isn’t. We’ve tried to create our own in the past and that’s always been a really bad idea. There’s a word for momentum generated by the people in need...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
Under The Influence Of Giants
INTERVIEW

They’re from L.A. and somehow these BeeGee-ified rockers slipped under our radar, but pretty soon it will be hard for you to miss Under the Influence of Giants as their debut release picks up speed and they begin a series of tours. If we were one of those rags who did the whole “recommended if you like” tag we’d say, “recommended if you like Yacht Rock.” And if you knew what we meant by that, then we’d make out with...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
Oliver Future
INTERVIEW

Band member name answering: Noah Lit What you do in band: Load the van and sing. 1. Boring starter question: How did you guys meet? Internet chatrooms: gardeners.com, knittingcircle.net and vigilanties.gov. 2. Follow up boring question: How did you pick the name Oliver Future? My great-grandfather was an entertainer in the famous Russian postwar scene with a band called Oliver and the Future of Workers of the World. He died in a bizarre ballet accident but the name lives on....

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Monday, 30 October 2006
The Bronx
INTERVIEW

The Bronx are the kind of band that can come off as pretty damn scary if you don’t know them. Singer Matt Caughthran’s vocals are gut-wrenching, spine-curdling wails that will shake the soul out of you. Their music is louder than loud, they can drink you under the table anytime anywhere, have totaled not one, but two tour vans (if my memory serves correct) and in general, just aren’t fucking around. But fortunately for me, I’ve known Bronx founding member...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
Gosling
EDITORIAL

The last time a band switched gears so drastically—potentially missing out on super-stardom—was The Mars Volta when they ditched At the Drive-in. They trusted their guts and felt like they were going in the wrong direction creatively—they needed something more. Gosling have a similar story, except each member of the old band stayed around for the new one, all the while retaining the endless creativity and musicianship that can only materialize from years and years of playing together. The result...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
Simon Dawes
NEWS

Malibu’s Simon Dawes spend the entirety of “Salute the Institution” name-checking rock heroes who came before— heroes like Lennon, Bowie and Jimmy Page. All the while, they’re throwing tounge-in-cheek jabs at an industry that increasingly abandons creativity and instead encourages artists to ape their forbearers in both style and sonics, because “it’s how you get paid.” The rest of their debut full length Carnivore contains scattered nods to the standard influences, but the judicious use of...

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Sunday, 29 October 2006
Editors [Interview]
INTERVIEW

Editors have enjoyed a rather swift rise to the top as far as British bands in the U.S. go. Nearly half a year after playing cozy L.A. venue Spaceland, the band sells out Hollywood’s Avalon theatre that boasts a near 1,500 capacity. Back home in the U.K., the band’s ascent has been far more rapid. From modest shows to headlining festivals and a Mercury Prize nomination, Editors were anointed U.K.’s next big thing in a year that also saw that...

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Sunday, 29 October 2006
SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR 2006
REVIEWS

ARTIST: Sounds of the Underground Tour 2006 VENUE: Gibson Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA DATE: 10-28-06 REVIEW BY: Mark Ziemke Grassroots sensibilities, camaraderie and devotion are just a few of the characteristics that describe the Sounds of the Underground Tour that took place this summer in North America. Host to a very unlikely collection of bands such as As I Lay Dying, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse and The Black Dahlia Murder, this tour was zig-zagging the nation, going head to head with...

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Saturday, 28 October 2006