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Sean Tillmann is sitting outside his Los Angeles apartment as we talk. “Hold on,” he says as he begins to talk to someone nearby, “Excuse me, What? I can’t hear you… Sorry, No… I’m doing an interview right now.” He shifts back to our conversation, “Sorry about that, someone was trying to buy a cigarette from me.” Such is the life of the music industry’s Bruce Wayne. Sure, Sean’s musical career is nothing to sneeze at, but he lives in...

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Thursday, 14 June 2007
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For a split second there I wasn’t so sure what was going to happen. A sold-out Sunday night show in Hollywood seemed to be an unlikely thing, as the world (yes, L.A. included) had been swept by the Tonys: the musical variety, the tear-drop shot from King James kind, and the revered/reviled did-he-or-did-he-not-get-whacked assortment. A triple bill of make-you-sweat hip-hop, make-you-think hip-hop and Euro trash meets discothèque rock were all poised to overshadow all. Judging by the hundreds that piled...

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While our on-air banter may leave something to be desired, you can't deny the quality of the new music every week on Ground Control Radio. We'll have more special guests in the upcoming weeks, but for now, be sure to check out Little Radio every Tuesday night from 8-10pm your soon-to-be favorite new music, like this week's selections from Spoon, the White Stripes, The New Pornographers, Chromeo, Foreign Born and more. Missed it? Listen to the podcast here. 1. The...

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Thursday, 14 June 2007
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The night had been hotly anticipated for months. Years, in fact. As Spaceland started to fill up, the crowd was turning out to be quite a mixed bunch. In one corner you have the Geek Chic girl with glasses that could see the future, the V.P. of the Indie Gazette, strategically placed bro dudes, and, of course, drag queens. Picture the cover of Poison’s Look What the Cat Dragged In, only the chicks aren’t quite as hot. Much speculation went...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2007
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As much as I want to write something clever for this piece of delicious press, it's posing to be quite troublesome to actually compete with it. So, read below if you're into Daft Punk and stuff… Daft Punk's Electroma is an odyssey of two robots (played by Peter Hurteau and Michael Reich) who journey across a mythic American landscape of haunting, surreal beauty on a quest to become human. Their symbolic quest, which takes them from endless two lane highways...

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Tuesday, 12 June 2007
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Our fourth installment of Lunarcast features the Los Angeles rock band Amateurs. This break-the-rules quartet began working together behind guitarist/vocalist Keith Waggoner and drummer Stephen Garver as they honed in on what would eventually become the blueprint for their ultimate sound. After moving down to L.A., they added violinist Shannon De Jong and guitarist/vocalist Anthony Puglisi to round out the band’s set-in-stone lineup. The band began writing their debut full-length Speak Easy throughout 2006, entering the studio in...

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Sunday, 10 June 2007
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Lately the Los Angeles Philharmonic has been making the move from hip replacement to placement in hipster vocabularies. Last year it was Belle & Sebastian teaming up with the orchestra, July sees them joining forces with the Decemberists, and now it's been announced that weepy troubadour Conner Oberst will get the chance to perform with an impeccably tailored backing band when Bright Eyes takes the stage at the Hollywood Bowl on September 29th. Bright Eye's Nate Walcott will be providing...

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Friday, 08 June 2007
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Actual brother-sister duo The Fiery Furnaces (and their stalwart bandmates) have let it be known that their forthcoming album, Widow City, will be released this fall on Chicago's Thrill Jockey records. In addition to–but not in support of–the album, titled Widow City, the band will be hitting the road in the latter part of June for their "Fourth of July" tour, which will not include a date on the Fourth of July. Even rockstars need hot dogs. Jun 21 Cleveland,...

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Friday, 08 June 2007
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Broken Social Scene's got a bastard bun in the oven. Deciding to expand the (metaphorical) family the old fashioned way, co-founder and lead singer Kevin Drew will be the first to slap his name on the new line of quasi-solo albums, the Broken Social Scene Presents series. Spirit If… was recorded over the past two years at the home of fellow BSSer Ohad Benchetrit, and was produced by Benchetrit, Drew and Charles Spearin. It features contributions from "the social scene...

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Friday, 08 June 2007
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The best thing about live radio is the on-the-fly amusement that comes about from the fact that you don't get a second take. So later, you look back on bits of banter (like this week's Brandy & Monica dissertation) and laugh at the fact that you would have that conversation in the first place. And thanks to the guys at Little Radio, everyone can look back via the podcast of the evening's show. Of course, the other best thing about...

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