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How does one pick up the pieces and try to put them back together after tragedy strikes? Such is the question every band has to ask itself when they find themselves short a member but, particularly when that band loses its voice, it can be a devastating blow because it instantly throws any future that the band members left behind might have into question because it's impossible not to notice the difference in any future recordings they might make. It's...

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Sunday, 18 October 2009
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Those long-familiar with The Flaming Lips can (and will – at length) happily admonish the uninitiated masses with tales of the band's ongoing quest to integrate space rock seamlessly into the pop idiom but, at this point in their career, while the band has been wildly successful on a cult level, they've only occasionally brushed the outer-most quadrants of pop super-stardom on the most superficial (and some would say ironic) of levels; even as their sound has gotten progressively larger,...

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Saturday, 17 October 2009
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We all know that a Flaming Lips show is a guaranteed good time. Anytime an artist encourages their audience to dress in odd costumes, make animal sounds and smoke weed in a public venue, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be really fun…or get us arrested. Maybe both. Such was the case with Wayne Coyne and his merry men last night as they played a raucous four song set at the Nike Montalban theatre. The short set was part of...

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Friday, 16 October 2009
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We all know that a Flaming Lips show is a guaranteed good time. Anytime an artist encourages their audience to dress in odd costumes, make animal sounds and smoke weed in a public venue, we’re pretty sure it’s going to be really fun…or get us arrested. Maybe both. Such was the case with Wayne Coyne and his merry men last night as they played a raucous four song set at the Nike Montalban theatre. The short set was part of...

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Friday, 16 October 2009
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While some bands seem to be clinging to days past, trying recapture what they once were, Pet Shop Boys take a decidedly different approach…consistency. For nearly 30 years, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have stayed true to their ways and continue to be the ambassadors for Euro-disco and dance music. Playing the first of two nights of their 2009 Pandemonium tour in San Francisco, PSB’s adoring fans were treated to a creative and theatrical stage show, a half-dozen wardrobe changes...

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Friday, 16 October 2009
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Historically, the nature of the remix album has always been bound by a surprisingly rigid set of guidelines in spite of boasting a relatively free-form design. Usually, the tracks that comprise a remix set break down very simply: see band's original song, see producer and his big bag of tricks, see producer apply contents of said bag to the song in question while carefully striking a balance that enhances or alters the base track and makes it sound obviously different,...

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Thursday, 15 October 2009
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Historically, the nature of the remix album has always been bound by a surprisingly rigid set of guidelines in spite of boasting a relatively free-form design. Usually, the tracks that comprise a remix set break down very simply: see band's original song, see producer and his big bag of tricks, see producer apply contents of said bag to the song in question while carefully striking a balance that enhances or alters the base track and makes it sound obviously different,...

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Wednesday, 14 October 2009
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Oh, Philadelphia. Why must you charm me so? I live in the desolate farmland of central Pennsylvania where very little happens but, for some reason, I can always count on Philadelphia to inject some much needed excitement into my hourly/daily/weekly routine. Sure, Philadelphia missteps on occasion (sadly, they DID host a World Naked Bike Ride earlier this month), but I’m willing to forgive. After all, if I want to experience the wonders of genetic abnormalities, purchase copious amounts of records...

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Wednesday, 14 October 2009
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Everyone loves a homecoming. After signing on with Fat Wreck Chords for the release of Dead FM in 2006 and seeing just how poppy and conventional they could make their caustic blend of street punk and hardcore, Iron Front marks a glorious return for Strike Anywhere to a sound, method of operation and songwriting (in order: harder edged on a smaller label with politics and social concerns at the forefront) that might not qualify as a comfort zone for most,...

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Wednesday, 14 October 2009
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As unpredictable as so many rock and pop musicians like to view themselves, truly gifted are the ones that can honestly and truly knock listeners for a loop by utterly altering the course of their musical path and do it in such a way that listeners don't think twice when they're asked to follow along. Bob Dylan caused riots when he went electric; he had won a dedicated following in folk audiences as well as attracting new listeners to the...

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Tuesday, 13 October 2009