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In 1975 when Genesis's The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway was performed live, accusations of Peter Gabriel being "pretentious" were the buzz words among prog-rock’s self inflated elitists. I missed that tour—didn't discover Genesis until 1977, after the original band broke up, but I did not miss Sleepytime Gorilla Museum's performance of the "We Must Learn More" tour; or whatever the hell you want to call what happened at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. I actually felt...

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Tuesday, 26 February 2008
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I've experienced a strange phenomenon at every single Mates of State show I've ever been to: I'm by far one of the oldest people in attendance. Seeing how I haven't been to a show by the duo in two years, I can only assume that this will be far worse once they start touring in support of Re-Arrange Us, their fifth album, which was announced today. The recording and release of Re-Arrange Us was scheduled around the birth of their...

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Monday, 25 February 2008
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There is no denying that Siouxsie Sioux is an icon. From her days as a Sex Pistols groupie during the birth of punk rock, to her rise as one of the leaders of the post punk/goth movement with both The Banshees and The Creatures, she has reinvented herself over and over, while at the same time keeping true to her beliefs, her attitude and most importantly, her music. Siouxsie has stood tall atop the rock that is the test of...

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Monday, 25 February 2008
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There’s no denying that Jeff Lynne is a genius. There is also no denying that he rocks the best afro/beard the world has ever seen despite the best efforts of Questlove, that guy from TV on the Radio and Bob Ross. And, when he isn’t out, accidentally starting one of the greatest super groups of all time (The Traveling Wilburys), Lynne runs a little outfit named the Electric Light Orchestra. Chances are if you’ve seen a modern movie rife with...

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Sunday, 24 February 2008
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Throughout this decade, Boris have always been able to outdo themselves musically with each album. They shift, squirm and fight their way out of getting pigeonholed in any way. And just before you say they’re doom or sludge metal or psyche-rock or just plain experimental, they drop something entirely new. "We are always looking for exciting, stimulating and interesting music at the moment and expressing in that way,” the band states, “therefore our style is changing spontaneously and that change...

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Saturday, 23 February 2008
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There haven’t been many times in human history that new ideas haven’t been met with resistance. Any philosophy student in any university in the world can (and will) tell you that Socrates was asked to drink hemlock by the governing bodies of the day because he had corrupted the young. A few centuries later, a bunch of mildly longhaired free thinkers took Bo Diddley’s heartbeat rhythm, built the groundwork for rock ‘n’ roll on top of it and were the...

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Friday, 22 February 2008
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The atmospheric-with-an-edge sound of M83 will soon be available to those wanting to it hear it live, as they have announced a rather extensive North American tour this spring to coincide with the release of the new album, Saturdays=Youth, out April 15. The tour will kick off in LA, and include stops in SF, Portland, and of course the cliched stop in Montreal. The tour will conclude on June 7th at the Black Cat in Washington D.C. For those fans...

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Thursday, 21 February 2008
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There’s definitely reason to celebrate around these parts. For one, it’s almost the friggen weekend. Two, we can finally utilize this brand-spanken-new server we just transferred this glorious site to a few weeks ago. And what that means for you, dear readers, is that we can now host all the free, pre-released mp3s that bombard our inboxes. Below you will find links to grab all the tracks that’ve been floating around for the past few weeks. So have at it!...

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Thursday, 21 February 2008
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For sixteen years now, Noise Pop has taken over San Francisco for a handful of days to play host to some of the best underground and not-quite-underground music, art and film out there. Past performers are a who's-who of indie rock gods and goddesses, and this year's event—which kicks off next Tuesday—is no exception. The Magnetic Fields, The Mountain Goats, Quasi, hell, even screenings of Wesley Willis's Joy Rides. Unlike most festivals, you've got a number of attendance options—either on...

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Thursday, 21 February 2008
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For sixteen years now, Noise Pop has taken over San Francisco for a handful of days to play host to some of the best underground and not-quite-underground music, art and film out there. Past performers are a who's-who of indie rock gods and goddesses, and this year's event—which kicks off next Tuesday—is no exception. The Magnetic Fields, The Mountain Goats, Quasi, hell, even screenings of Wesley Willis's Joy Rides.  Unlike most festivals, you've got a number of attendance options—either on...

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Thursday, 21 February 2008