Simon Dawes
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Malibu’s Simon Dawes spend the entirety of “Salute the Institution” name-checking rock heroes who came before— heroes like Lennon, Bowie and Jimmy Page. All the while, they’re throwing tounge-in-cheek jabs at an industry that increasingly abandons creativity and instead encourages artists to ape their forbearers in both style and sonics, because “it’s how you get paid.” The rest of their debut full length Carnivore contains scattered nods to the standard influences, but the judicious use of...

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Sunday, 29 October 2006
Editors [Interview]
INTERVIEW

Editors have enjoyed a rather swift rise to the top as far as British bands in the U.S. go. Nearly half a year after playing cozy L.A. venue Spaceland, the band sells out Hollywood’s Avalon theatre that boasts a near 1,500 capacity. Back home in the U.K., the band’s ascent has been far more rapid. From modest shows to headlining festivals and a Mercury Prize nomination, Editors were anointed U.K.’s next big thing in a year that also saw that...

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Sunday, 29 October 2006
SOUNDS OF THE UNDERGROUND TOUR 2006
REVIEWS

ARTIST: Sounds of the Underground Tour 2006 VENUE: Gibson Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA DATE: 10-28-06 REVIEW BY: Mark Ziemke Grassroots sensibilities, camaraderie and devotion are just a few of the characteristics that describe the Sounds of the Underground Tour that took place this summer in North America. Host to a very unlikely collection of bands such as As I Lay Dying, Trivium, Cannibal Corpse and The Black Dahlia Murder, this tour was zig-zagging the nation, going head to head with...

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Saturday, 28 October 2006
Voxtrot
INTERVIEW

In 2005, prior to being sucked into the same online buzz machine that launched a thousand Arctic Monkeys, Voxtrot was just another idiosyncratic indie pop band amid a sea of such bands in Austin, Texas. Today, they’ve established a dedicated cult following thanks as much to their literate, Anglo-informed brand of music—somewhere between the melodrama of The Smiths and Belle & Sebastian’s faux-orchestral grandeur—as untold kilobytes of ecstatic essays linked feverishly across the blogosphere. Led by Ramesh...

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Thursday, 26 October 2006
The National, Baby Dayliner, Mobius Band
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Perhaps someone forgot to tell members of the National that they don’t always have to try so hard. That, like a string on a guitar, any performance will eventually snap after being wound tighter and tighter. But maybe the band is used to the snap after years of touring, because they seem to do it once every other song or so. The trying so hard is second nature now. And it’s only getting better, proved by the evening’s show with...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2006
Oasis and U2 to Be Separated During Recess
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One of the most compelling reasons to nominate Oasis for anything is that they might start some kind of witty-barbed brawl with a competitor. At last year’s Q Magazine awards Liam Gallagher called Chris Martin a “plant pot” and invited him to “have a pop” after the Coldplay frontman thanked Oasis for being such a huge influence on Coldplay’s music. This year, both Oasis and U2 are up for the “Best Act in the World Today” award (gotta love that...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2006
JEREMY ENIGK COMPLETES SECOND SOLO ALBUM
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SET FOR AN OCTOBER 17, 2006 RELEASE DATE Lollapalooza, North American and European Tour Dates Announced LOS ANGELES, CA – (June 28, 2006) — JEREMY ENIGK, the enigmatic singer and songwriter for emo-core pioneers Sunny Day Real Estate and The Fire Theft, has completed “World Waits,” his eagerly-awaited second solo album. Enigk, whose solo debut, “Return of the Frog Queen” was released in 1996, will issue “World Waits” October 17 on his own label, Lewis Hollow Records, which will be...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2006
MAIDEN NO 1 IN EUROPE AND N0 9 IN USA
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KILLS THE CHARTS WORLDWIDE! Metal legends IRON MAIDEN’S new album A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH has not only been released to enormous critical acclaim across the globe but has also resulted in some of their highest chart placing ever. In addition to their Number One chart debut on the Billboard Pan-European Chart the album has now debuted at no 9 on the Billboard USA Chart on their US label Sanctuary Records and at No.2 in Canada. This is the...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2006
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Do you believe in heaven above?...

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Monday, 16 October 2006
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Elefant, Morning After Girls
LIVE MUSIC

What a strange bill. It’s not surprising to see the Morning After Girls playing with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, but it certainly is odd to throw Elefant in the mix. Australia’s Morning After Girls were a stunning wall of sound as usual. The band seem to be putting on a more charismatic stage show with the more touring they do. Compared to last year’s gig at Spaceland, the Girls came off as more confident and more commanding. And then there’s...

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Sunday, 27 August 2006