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All the hipsters’ wet dreams have finally come true.  Not only is their beloved Rilo Kiley gearing up for the release of their fourth LP, Under The Blacklight (Warner Bros Records, August 21, 2007) but also, the band recently announced that they would be embarking on their first North American tour in nearly two years.  Although this is Rilo Kiley’s major label debut, don’t think that the band’s success has gone to their heads and that they’ll only be playing...

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Wednesday, 18 July 2007
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Still reaping in fans from the remix album Do You Trust Your Friends?, New York indie-rockers Stars announced plans to embark on a full fledged North American tour this fall. Stars will be supporting their much-hyped fourth album, In the Bedroom After the War, beginning October 17th on the East coast and working back towards California. Although the album won't be released on good ol' Compact Disc until September 25th, In the Bedroom After the War has already made its...

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Tuesday, 17 July 2007
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I never got to see Soundgarden. Or Nirvana, Pearl Jam, STP, or the Smashing Pumpkins (thank God that last one will be fixed in due time). My musical consciousness took place at a time when Y-107 (remember that?) was getting off the airwaves, alien stickers were the shit, and so were tangerines for that matter, thanks to Tragic Kingdom. Let me not forget to breathlessly utter the name Gavin Rossdale. There were times though, way past my MTV-viewing days, when...

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Monday, 16 July 2007
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I was shocked to find out that my favorite album ever, Radiohead's OK Computer, has now hit the double-digits in age since its original release. The album, which opened up a huge can of creativity-worms for me, still stands as a triumph of cohesive recording and multi-faceted beauty. So let's take a look at it, track by track: 1. Airbag: "In the next world war… In a jack-knifed juggernaut… I am born again." How perfect are these opening lines? It...

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Monday, 16 July 2007
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For our 6th Lunarcast, we had a chance to meet up with L.A.’s own disco-lovin’ groovemeister Kennedy—yeah, the “Your Mama” guy. We first met up with him June 28 when he played the Warped Tour 2007 pre-party at the Glass House in Pomona, CA. Then the following week we headed up to a Hollywood studio where he was finalizing his latest single—it's not on his new album, Kennedy For President, due out on Cordless Recordings/Warner Brothers on September 25, so...

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Sunday, 15 July 2007
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For our 6th Lunarcast, we had a chance to meet up with L.A.’s own disco-lovin’ groovemeister Kennedy—yeah, the “Your Mama” guy. We first met up with him June 28 when he played the Warped Tour 2007 pre-party at the Glass House in Pomona, CA. Then the following week we headed up to a Hollywood studio where he was finalizing his latest single, that isn’t on his new album, Kennedy For President, due out on Cordless Recordings/Warner Brothers on August 21,...

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Sunday, 15 July 2007
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I am like powderI am like relaxationI am the snowI dig in this oceanAnd I try to fill it with gold OK, so who hasn’t heard of Matador Records? It’s pretty much the label that virtually every indie band wants to get signed by. After a gig a few whiskey’s you’ll hear shit like, “Awww man, dude, that would be so sweet if we got signed by Matador.” It’s not a bad dream, but it’s not necessarily the most attainable...

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Friday, 13 July 2007
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How many times have you walked away from an otherwise amazing live show thinking "Man, I just wish they had played !" The bad part about the inserting of a new album into a band's canon is that offbeat old favorites often have to surrender their spot in the setlist to the new work. All Tomorrow's Parties "Don't Look Back" concert series solves some of these problems, inviting artists to revisit classic albums in their entirety on stage....

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Thursday, 12 July 2007
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As a long-time fan and friend of San Francisco’s The Court & Spark, hearing the possibility of them calling it quits kind of made my heart hurt a little bit. The drummer, James Kim, and I have been friends since 1984 and I was there when he bought his first drum kit. After short stints in several bands in high school and college, he made his way up to San Francisco with some pals from UCSB and while visiting him...

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Thursday, 12 July 2007
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The National have decided to stay out super late this fall, spending five weeks in September and October touring the states before heading over to Ireland on Halloween to kick off a European jaunt. It's a sad fact that cloning technology is still in the rudimentary stages. Otherwise, we could have one set of The National continuously on tour and one set always in the studio pumping out album after album. Of course then we'd probably have to have a...

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Thursday, 12 July 2007