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To paraphrase a Chinese proverb, change is growth, growth is life and those that refuse to accept change run the very real risk of being trampled by the new things coming down the line behind them. Ironically, few genres in the pop canon view change with more distaste than punk rock; once a band appears and makes an impact with a particular sound, the conventional wisdom among fans of the genre is that the band in question has no reason...

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Tuesday, 11 November 2008
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It feels funny saying it, but Dillinger Four’s C I V I L W A R, in some ways, is like the second coming of Christ. Here we have an outstanding band with a hardcore following that’s managed to release albums that are highly relevant, yet deceptively simple, over the years. Dillinger Four’s shows became inconsistently legendary, as no two people will tell the same story, but they will be sure to mention an erratic and charming highlight or two....

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Monday, 10 November 2008
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I have always felt like I've kind of missed the boat when it comes to Iced Earth. They were always one of those bands that I thought I would get around to listening sooner or later, but unfortunately never did. So when I saw that they were back in San Francisco, this time with Saviours, who are one of my favorite bands, and that long-time vocalist Matt Barlow had returned to the band, I figured it was about time to...

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Saturday, 08 November 2008
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Some bands are easy to qualify. On the very first listen to their very first record, any listener can have the band in question figured out – where they’ve been, where they’re going, how they’re going to get there and, in some cases, each stop that they’re going to make along the way – and said group will simply live out the predestined act precisely to expectation. That isn’t a slight necessarily, such was the case with musical institutions including...

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Saturday, 08 November 2008
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Some bands are easy to qualify. On the very first listen to their very first record, any listener can have the band in question figured out – where they’ve been, where they’re going, how they’re going to get there and, in some cases, each stop that they’re going to make along the way – and said group will simply live out the predestined act precisely to expectation. That isn’t a slight necessarily, such was the case with musical institutions including...

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Friday, 07 November 2008
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I think we've reached a point where Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan can be referred to in the context of "Isobel Campbell and Mark Lanegan," without having to mention their respective former bands to make the average indie-informed reader think "Oh yeah, those guys." Having said that, I feel the need to keep latecomers in the loop by naming them anyway (Belle & Sebastian; Screaming Trees, et al), and in doing so destroy my whole hypothesis. But oh well. That...

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Thursday, 06 November 2008
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Anjulie, the latest signing to Hear Music, is set to release her debut album in the Spring but as a little teaser, she’s releasing “The Boom EP” and a free mp3 single, “Boom,” simply to let everyone know she ain’t no joke. Sounds coming from this song alone evoke late-90s down tempo like Lamb and Laika, soulful vibes of Erykah Badu, swanky 60s-era Nancy Sinatra, all while taking off where Ms. Crackhead herself, Amy Winehouse, left off. “Boom” will soon...

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Thursday, 06 November 2008
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Anjulie, the latest signing to Hear Music, is set to release her debut album in the Spring, but as a little teaser, she’s releasing “The Boom EP” and a free mp3 single, “Boom,” simply to let everyone know she ain’t no joke. Sounds coming from this song alone evoke late-90s down tempo like Lamb and Laika, swanky 60s-era Nancy Sinatra, all while taking off where Ms. Crackhead herself, Amy Winehouse, left off. “Boom” will soon saturate the blogs and provide...

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Thursday, 06 November 2008
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Some bands are easy to qualify. On the very first listen to their very first record, any listener can have the band in question figured out – where they’ve been, where they’re going, how they’re going to get there and, in some cases, each stop that they’re going to make along the way – and said group will simply live out the predestined act precisely to expectation. That isn’t a slight necessarily, such was the case with musical institutions including...

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Wednesday, 05 November 2008
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On paper, adapting The Beatles' songbook for a theatrical production sounds like the easiest thing in the world because, on a purely superficial level, it has already been done; at moments during the runtime of the recently produced Beatles-esque feature film, Across The Universe, there are very surrealist scenes that express – by turns – a very literal or very impressionist representation of The Beatles’ music and because of that a bit of creative license had to be taken (in...

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Tuesday, 04 November 2008