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The Polyphonic Spree are launching a new album, THE FRAGILE ARMY, coming out on June 19, 2007. In order to give a preview of their current sound an eight-minute mashup was produced using parts of all 11 tracks. Frontman Tim DeLaughter commented, "You are about to experience a sample of our latest recording achievement. Please raise your ears and hold on to your heart as we prepare you for The Fragile Army." As for their tour schedule in May…  ...

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Monday, 30 April 2007
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If any band is full of enough bombast to not be outshined or ill-utilize the talents of some of America’s finest symphonic orchestras, it is probably the Decemberists. Remember, this is a band who has pageantry coming out the yin-yang, and hell, they put out an 18-minute-long song cycle based on Celtic mythology. So yeah, when it gets announced that the band will be playing five dates across the country this summer backed by symphony orchestras in Los Angeles, Atlanta,...

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Saturday, 28 April 2007
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In the course of their seven year career, the Animal Collective have released some records that are absolutely stunning in their beauty and complexity, and others that are absolutely stunning in their "what the hell was that?" factor – the kind of “what the hell?” that makes you wonder if you are just a few steps away from missing something transcendant, or just two steps away from an audio car wreck. It’s crazy variance that makes for a can’t miss...

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Saturday, 28 April 2007
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Having just finished up a tour of UK, France and Belgium (where their noise-rock leanings undoubtedly make them gods), Thee More Shallows will embark on an extensive US jaunt in support of their new album Book of Bad Breaks. GC recently sat down with bandleader David "Dee" Kessler to talk about the album and said European tour, and you can read about it here . THEE MORE SHALLOWS – BOOK OF BAD BREAKS TOUR 2007 Friday May 4th, San Francisco,...

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Friday, 27 April 2007
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The other day I was walking to the local market when I passed a tattered homeless man selling incense out front. He was talking to another guy and I caught the words "The Beatles? They're still making music. The Asian son of John Lennon was at the Roxy…" It's always a surprise when I discover which likeminded people share the same musical tastes as me. Just as the incense peddler said, on Tuesday night fans gathered in the cozy blue-lit...

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Friday, 27 April 2007
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Hot flying balls of absolute awesome!!! One of Ground Control's favorite bands, Pela, is finally—FINALLY!—hitting the road for a full U.S. tour, where they'll be opening for Electric Soft Parade, who are far from shabby themselves. Both bands will be supporting their recently released albums—ESP’s No Need to be Downhearted (read the review here ) and Pela’s Anytown Graffiti (read the Pela interview here ). They’ll be joined on tour by BrakesBrakesBrakes, and EVERYONE. SHOULD. GO. Listen to Electric...

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Thursday, 26 April 2007
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Classic, mature, and seasoned are not the first words that come to mind when describing Blonde Redhead's new full length record, 23, a recording that bulges at the seams with fresh ideas and new directions. However, there were some people in the crowd on April 23, including this reporter, at Bimbo's 365 club in San Francisco who have literally grown up with the band since they came on the scene more than 13 years ago. Flash back to the mindset...

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Thursday, 26 April 2007
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Kicking off May 1 in L.A., the mighty Mastodon are embarking on what looks to be a pretty insane summer tour. A nice change from last year’s arena tour with Slayer—not that it’s bad, just different. It will be nice to get all intimate with the guys in front of say, 4000 people, rather than 18,000. By the end of the tour, Mastodon’s 5th full-length, Blood Mountain , will have been circling the planet for a full year, ruling over...

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Wednesday, 25 April 2007
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It would be silly to count the times you heard Chromeo’s “You’re So Gangsta,” “Me & My Man” or “Needy Girl” at a bar with a DJ providing the night’s entertainment. The best part is when you hear all three played in a row—double disc vinyl allows for that kind of creativity—as no one knew who this band was in the first place. If you heard three Bloc Party songs in a row, people might assume it’s a “Rock Block”...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2007
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I’ve been following Thee More Shallows since their first album A History of Sport Fishing. The band, who was at the time Tadas Kisielus and David “Dee” Kesler, had just changed the name from Thee Shallows to Thee More Shallows. All thanks to some fellow San Franciscan named Brian Gregory who had a band The Shallows and hired an attorney to intimidate Kisielus and Kesler. It turned out that this Brian guy and his Shallows project released a whopping one...

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Tuesday, 24 April 2007