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Polysics. Just the discordant name conjures up feelings of frenzy and riot. On a blustery October evening, the Japanese quartet of Polysics brought to this western coast a piece of the east in a splitting battery of synth pop and noise that left the venue reeling in sweat-drenched shock. Arriving too late to catch any of the opening acts, I climbed to the top mezzanine at the Troubadour and placed myself quietly on the bleachers in anticipation of the harried...

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Thursday, 18 October 2007
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There's something to be said for Nada Surf. Not too many bands in recent memory have been certified one-hit-wonders (the threesome even appeared on MTV's Buzz Bin compilation) who escaped oblivion to put out relevant, even essential albums, like 2003's Let Go. So the news that Barsuk will be putting out the band's new album Lucky on Feb. 5th will make us sit up and take notice. For those who can't wait until '08, Nada Surf is teasing us with...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2007
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Along with Patti Smith’s Horses and The Ramones’ self-titled debut album, The Voidoids’ Blank Generation rounds out the holy trinity of American punk albums that defined the parameters and aesthetics for what would follow in both the punk and alt-rock genres since the release of those albums and continue to exert influence to this day except that Blank Generation is very much the dark horse of the lot. While Horses plays like a direct guide for every female songstress with...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2007
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The one good thing about a Cat Power album is the CD or mp3 can’t get up and storm out of your apartment or yell at you for not having the sound levels set up to her liking. On that note, Matador released details on her next album, which is a follow-up to a covers record from 2006 called The Greatest. The nest one, which doesn’t have to called, Greatest-er or something, is cleverly titled Jukebox. It’s set to be...

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Wednesday, 17 October 2007
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Perhaps because they’d heard somewhere that The Butthole Surfers were once called subversive because they’d signed to a major label twelve years ago and had since signed on to another smaller label that still had major-sized distribution (Surfdog and Universal respectively), in the last five years Ween has hopped between three of the big four record companies. Now allied with Universal, Ween’s newest offering is only really a walnut color; fans will notice that tracks including “Friends,” “Learnin’ To...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2007
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Adult Swim, the late-night sister network of Cartoon Network which showcases animation and live action for adults, announced a 12-stop college tour beginning October 29 with two of the country's top rock acts, And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead… and Dethklok.  All shows will be free for students and ticket information can be obtained at adultswimpresents.com. And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.. is currently comprised of three core members: Conrad Keely, Jason...

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Tuesday, 16 October 2007
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In The Unbearable Lightness of Being, Milan Kundera explains the daunting feeling of vertigo. He describes it as the bending of two extremes, paradoxes merging together and evoking the sense of collapse in a world of seemingly stable constructions. Of course in the realm of indie rock, the sensation of vertigo—and its consequences—aren't so drastic. What does it mean when the esteemed quartet, Sonic Youth, does an in-store performance at the Urban Outfitters on the notorious (-ly commercial) stretch of...

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Monday, 15 October 2007
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For some musicians, like C’mon co-founder Ian Blurton, the bloom never comes off the rose—particularly where playing in front of a live crowd is concerned. Blurton is the portrait of a Canadian rock lifer. Beginning in 1982 with Change Of Heart and then with Blurtonia, the singer/guitarist has played on virtually every stage in Canada—at least twice. But now, with C’mon, Blurton has rediscovered the joy that brought him to the stage in the first place: a band of friends...

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Saturday, 13 October 2007
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Let’s take a minute to discuss Sweden—a musical muse of a country with a population roughly a quarter that of California and where the largest national export is sexy rock ‘n’ roll bands in tight skinny jeans. (I made that last part up. According to Wikipedia, the largest national export is tall, beautiful blondes and Muppet chefs. Ha! I kid… it’s actually something like timber and chemicals and hydropower, which are, obviously, much less interesting.) Take, for example, the Scandinavian...

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Saturday, 13 October 2007
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Let’s take a minute to discuss Sweden—a musical muse of a country with a population roughly a quarter that of California and where the largest national export is sexy rock ‘n’ roll bands in tight skinny jeans. (I made that last part up. According to Wikipedia, the largest national export is tall, beautiful blondes and Muppet chefs. Ha! I kid… it’s actually something like timber and chemicals and hydropower, which are, obviously, much less interesting.) Take, for example, the Scandinavian...

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