Bound Stems
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Bound Stems Take CMJ By Storm Chicago quintet Bound Stems kicked off their CMJ Music Marathon week as the featured band of the festival on the front page of the Arts and Leisure section of the The New York Times. The band played a tireless four-day, five performance run just coming off of a seven-week tour across the U.S. The band’s constant presence on the road and growing support from the press and the blog world positioned Bound Stems to...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2006
Bound Stems Take CMJ By Storm
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Bound Stems Take CMJ By Storm Chicago quintet Bound Stems kicked off their CMJ Music Marathon week as the featured band of the festival on the front page of the Arts and Leisure section of the The New York Times. The band played a tireless four-day, five performance run just coming off of a seven-week tour across the U.S.  The band’s constant presence on the road and growing support from the press and the blog world positioned Bound Stems to...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2006
Slayer Announces Winter Tour
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“…brutal, malevolent, and inhumanely fast…” — Revolver on Slayer SLAYER ANNOUNCES WINTER 2007 HEADLINE TOUR Unearthed to be Special Guest on All Dates Los Angeles, CA – November 14, 2006 — SLAYER – Tom Araya/bass, vocals, Kerry King/guitars, Jeff Hanneman/guitars, and Dave Lombardo/drums – the pioneers and undisputed kings of extreme speed/thrash metal – will hit the road on January 24 for a four-week North American tour. The dates are in support of the band’s latest album,...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2006
Mike Kinsella’s OWEN to hit the road
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Mike Kinsella (of Joan of Arc, Owls, Cap’n Jazz, American Football, and probably six or seven other art-spazz bands) will be taking off on a fairly rigorous tour of the lower 48 as his (mostly) solo incarnation, Owen. The tour is in support of At Home With, his latest offering on Polyvinyl. Dates are as follows: OWEN ON TOUR 11.09.2006 – Indianapolis, IN – Emerson Theatre 11.10.2006 – Detroit, MI – The Majestic Theatre 11.11.2006 – Cleveland, OH – House...

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Friday, 10 November 2006
The Walkmen
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Song for song covers of albums tend to be a pretty lame affair. Every once in a while, someone knocks out an all star Beatles re-enactment and effectively flattens it of any spirit. Which is why it is practically startling just how good this track-for-track version of Harry Nilsson’s Pussycats is. Why does it work? Because this notorious album, (originally half sung in drunk-speak with John Lennon), was never very good to begin with. What people expected to be a...

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Thursday, 09 November 2006
God Forbid To Embark On Canadian Tour
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GOD FORBID To Embark On Canadian Tour; Launch GFTV Early next month GOD FORBID will embark on a weeklong Canadian trek as direct support to Protest The Hero, which will be their most extensive run of this country yet. The tour kicks off on Dec. 9th and wraps up on Dec. 16th and will be preceded by a GOD FORBID headlining show in Levittown, NY. Their complete touring itinerary is listed below. Doc Coyle (guitars, vocals) states: “GOD FORBID is...

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Thursday, 09 November 2006
Prince bringing his purple reign to Las Vegas
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The purple one will start performing every weekend starting Nov. 10 LOS ANGELES – Prince fans, fire up that Little Red Corvette and head for Las Vegas: the purple one will be performing there every weekend starting Nov. 10. The diminutive rocker will play Friday- and Saturday-night shows at 3121, a nightclub inside the Rio hotel, spokeswoman Alissa Kelly said Wednesday. Tickets for the 21-and-over shows cost $125 and will be available beginning Nov. 2. Prince will also host Wednesday-night...

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Tuesday, 07 November 2006
Jeremy Enigk
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World Waits is damn right, Mr. Enigk. It’s been ten years since the indie pioneer (we refuse to use the now-bastardized term “emo”) has released a solo recording. His 1996 solo effort was a gorgeous, whimsical dark album. World Waits shows off Enigk’s flair for grandeur in production, sweeping strings and organs along with that unique sandpaper voice that conjures up nods to a frenetic Peter Gabriel (hello reverb) or Sting before he lost his mojo. Fans of Enigk (and...

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Saturday, 04 November 2006
M. Ward
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M. Ward has always made a neat trick out of fusing certain varieties of American music—from elegiac Louis Armstrong riverboat rags to wistful Beach Boys blues—into something uniquely, compellingly his own. On Post-War, his latest album for Merge Records, Ward once again succeeds in conjuring a burnished nostalgia while remaining rooted firmly in the here-and-now. Whereas his earlier efforts have been marked by a creeping hour-before-dawn vibe, Post-War sounds open and happy, the product of a group of friends drinking...

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Saturday, 04 November 2006
Mastodon
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After making the leap from indie to major, the Atlanta-based metal band Mastodon release their long-awaited third album Blood Mountain. Not many bands have the skill to evolve and encapsulate an entire ideology of metal from one album to the next. The first two Mastodon records—2002’s Remission and 2004’s Leviathan—were thunderous and venomous, while Blood Mountain seems to have a little more groove. It’s still heavy enough to rip paint from the walls, but it’s just not as ominous. It’s...

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Saturday, 04 November 2006