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The final leg of Morcheeba's tour that began in Washington, D.C. and ended in L.A. posed to be a wildly successful stint in the good ol' U.S. and A. Ground Control snapped some photos at the Fillmore performance in San Francisco as well as opener, the classical Latin lover, Federico Aubele. Check out the photos here: Morcheeba / Federico Aubele photos. Dive Deep is out now on G&G/Pias. More on Mocheeba here: http://www.morcheeba.co.uk and...

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Thursday, 17 April 2008
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For some musicians, the further along they get—particularly if they’re lucky enough to be offered a host of critical kudos and built up a fan base always hungry for more of their favourite band—the more they look back on ‘the good old days’ warmly. They crave the simplicity and innocence of the circumstances under which they started and the beginning of the methodology that eventually got them to where they are; they wish they could get back to basics. Not...

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Wednesday, 16 April 2008
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There’s no better way to follow perfection than by absolute failure. I have to admit, for a 17-year-old child (yes, child) DeAndre Cortez Way, better known as Soulja Boy Tellem, is quite successful. His second hit “Yahhh” actually hit the bronze medal (top 3) in New Zealand—and no one knows music like New Zealand. This song’s music video is the center of our review today. The song may be a hit, but the video is another story. As we’ve seen...

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Tuesday, 15 April 2008
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For those who have been eagerly awaiting any firm news of a new Wolf Parade album…we've got a little bit you'll like. The boys took off enough time from their myriad side projects to record a new album. Is there a concrete name for it yet? No. Want a sneak peak of the album art? Too bad. Tour dates? Nope, nada, zilch.  But let's say you want to listen to a bit of the nameless wonder, which hits streets June...

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Monday, 14 April 2008
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Making my way over to The Fillmore, I kept telling myself that tonight was going to be different. I was going to have a whole new attitude for a change, and was not going to be the same bitter, jaded and crusty old man that I usually am when I hit a punk show these days. I was going to have an open mind and embrace today's punk rock, even if it sounds nothing like the punk I remember when...

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Monday, 14 April 2008
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On their last album (2002’s Title TK) the Breeders outfit always seemed like a rusty spark plug spurting inspiration here and there but never switching on to the full alt-rock blast that songs like “Cannonball” and “Divine Hammer” portended. Of course a lot has happened since the mid-1990s when the band formed as a side project for Kim Deal (bassist for the Pixes). For fans that grumbled over the last break between Breeders albums, the six-year hiatus between the disappointing...

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Monday, 14 April 2008
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I remember my first night at the Hotel Café back in early 2001. A friend of mine had recently watched Donnie Darko on DVD and was struck by the cover of Tears for Fears’ “Mad World” that played at the end. After scanning the credits and discovering it was a dude named Gary Jules, he was surprised to find out that this guy was actually playing that very same night at a new place called the Hotel Café. He called...

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Sunday, 13 April 2008
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At 10am on Thursday, April 10, multiple tour buses blocked traffic outside The Warfield and husky men unloaded gear for the kick off of the Honda Civic Tour featuring Panic at the Disco, Motion City Soundtrack, The Hush Sound and Phantom Planet—a lineup whose fanbase may or may not be old enough to actually drive. 12 hours later, inside The Warfield, screaming teens flanked the stage, standing beneath a projector screen displaying text messages sent by people in the audience....

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Saturday, 12 April 2008
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The more you listen to Saturdays = Youth the more it sinks its hooks into you. As with all of Anthony Gonzalez' albums, it's richly cinematic in sound. And this one definitely lives up to its title with songs that range from 90s-era shoegaze jams like "Dark Moves of Love" and "Highway of Endless Dreams" to tunes like "Kim & Jessie," which sound like a B-side to a John Hughes film. Saturdays = Youth features more female vocals than his...

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Saturday, 12 April 2008
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It has been four years since R.E.M. last released a studio album and fourteen since the band put out a record that showed any sparks of rock ‘n’ roll passion or volume. The last four albums, while excellent sets of reflective songwriting, were all fairly muted and/or electronic affairs, but the one thing that R.E.M. has always consistently illustrated is that they know where home is and how to get back there. That’s what Accelerate is—a long-awaited, much-anticipated return to...

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Thursday, 10 April 2008