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It is possible to compare the recording studio to a painter’s canvas—both are tools used to record and preserve the artist’s ideas, tendencies, and, well, art. The main difference, though, is that musicians rarely own a studio whereas a painter without a canvas is simply a person with ideas. Booking studio time is costly and can be seen as a hindrance; the time spent on recording is limited to the amount of money one is willing to spend, or even...

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Friday, 10 August 2007
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For all of those worried that all their favorite Independent bands were slowly selling out their sound for fancy cars and soundtrack deals (I’m looking in your direction The Shins); rest assured: Indie-Pop is alive and well, particularly in the hands of Philly rockers, The A-Sides. Forming in 2002 and releasing their debut album, Hello, Hello, in 2005, they have been on and off the radar ever since. Most recently, The A-Sides will be gearing up for the release of...

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Thursday, 09 August 2007
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The minute I received the Kemado Records compilation Invaders, released early last year, a song blasted in my ears that made me feel like it was 1987 again, when metal actually meant something. The first notes of “Circle of Servants Bodies” is metal at its finest, but the thing I couldn’t figure out was, why doesn’t this sound like anything else? They didn’t copy anyone, they just played hard—REALLY hard—Metal, with a sense of originality that basically says, “We don’t...

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Thursday, 09 August 2007
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There were so many outstanding moments on this year’s Vans Warped Tour. The mere fact is that this is our first Vans Warped Tour and we had no idea what to expect. However, not only did Warped Tour meet our expectations, it completely surpassed it. I think the single greatest aspect about the tour is that there were so many great bands that I have listened to for some time and finally had the opportunity to meet them, and hang...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2007
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Buck 65 was on the tip of everyone's tongues in 2005 with his critically acclaimed record, This Right Here is Buck 65, a collection of songs from 5 previous works, that was lauded by critics. While Buck 65 found great success in America, his label V2 was on it's last leg and following his record's release, they folded. While waiting to get through the music business red tape, he made a record with revered band Tortoise (which saw no American...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2007
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Justice just keeps proving itself to be the Christian-Electronica-Band-That-Could. With their 2007 debut album, Cross, they managed to merge the sounds of Daft Punk with the sounds of neo-dance rock bands like LCD Soundsystem and Ratatat. Coming out of Paris, France, the band easily broke into the United States gaining much internet popularity from the video for their first single, “D.A.N.C.E”. In keeping with MTV’s recent trend of paying heavy attention to online independent acts, they have recently nominated...

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Wednesday, 08 August 2007
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It’s no wonder why elderly people complain about today’s music; it’s loud, groovy, and in the case of !!!, one cannot even pronounce the band’s name without direction. !!! (pronounced “chk chk chk”), are fresh off the 2007 release of their indie-funk third album, Myth Takes, and have recently announced a 45 -date tour stretching across North America and Europe. So if you’ve been itching to go out and get down, make sure you check out !!! at any of...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2007
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Los Angeles band Amateurs will be dropping by the Little Radio studios tonight on Ground Control Radio to talk to Mark and Aaron about their album Speak Easy and play a very special (mostly) acoustic set. Tune in to www.littleradio.com from...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2007
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It’s been about two years since Stars set themselves on fire and attracted international attention with their Arts & Crafts debut, and that runaway success permeates every note of In Our Bedroom After The War. What’s immediately noticeable about the new album is that it isn’t more ambitious, it’s actually more laid back. Singer Amy Millan sounds far more comfortable in the delicate intimacy of both “The Night Starts Here” and “My Favourite Book,” and even goes so far as...

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Tuesday, 07 August 2007
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Rewind to a Friday night late in 1995: Instead of making out with boys behind the bleachers during a high school football game, my awkward teenage self is home watching MTV at midnight, checking out all the "new" and "experimental" videos. While this is very telling about how the remainder of my teenage (and college, for that matter) years went, I can be thankful for one thing: this was my first exposure to the weirdness that was The Rentals' "Friends...

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Monday, 06 August 2007