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(New York, NY) – As good years go, 2006 was a particularly good one for The Decemberists. Their Capitol Records debut, The Crane Wife, arrived to great acclaim, landing on numerous year-end “best of” lists including #1 slots at NPR, Paste and others; a U.S. tour went over like gangbusters from coast-to-coast; and a much-publicized guitar showdown with Stephen Colbert resulted in Dr. Henry Kissinger, Peter Frampton and Elliot Spitzer showing up in more Decemberists Google searches than ever before....

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Thursday, 25 January 2007
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The classic Sebadoh line-up of Lou Barlow, Eric Gaffney and Jason Loewenstein has re-united and will tour the US for the first time in 14 years in the spring of 2007. Sebadoh began in 1987 as the solo project of Dinosaur Jr. bassist Lou Barlow, who quickly teamed up with kindred spirit Eric Gaffney.  Jason Loewenstein joined the band in 1989. The band's line-up changed quite frequently over the years, but the trio of Barlow / Gaffney / Loewenstein was...

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Amidst the crumbling strip malls and donut huts of Santa Monica Boulevard, rests the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. With Paramount looming ominously across the street, the manicured lawns and stone mausoleums bask ‘neath sunny southern California skies and, during the summer months, become the setting for one of LA.’s most popular events: movie night at the cemetery! For those living outside of Los Angeles, you probably think this equals a gaggle of Cure-coiffed urchins, huddling next to a grave while watching...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2007
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On a night when ball-shrinking coldness gripped the southland, one backward railroad town on the edge of the Inland Empire kept the faithful warm. That was when Pomona’s venerable but haplessly off-the-beaten-path Glass House played host to eternal slack godhead Stephen Malkmus and his merry band of Jicks. And on an evening when a $17 ticket might have been well-spent just to get shelter from the frigid conditions, Malkmus put on a memorable show that highlighted his rapidly proggifying band’s...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2007
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When J Mascis and Lou Barlow parted ways in 1989 following three hugely acclaimed and enormously influential albums it was generally understood that the relationship was, sadly, irreparably damaged. While J continued with Dinosaur Jr, Lou went on to form Sebadoh & Folk Implosion and the original Dinosaur Jr line-up seemed unlikely to ever rekindle their magic. Dinosaur Jr are now widely recognized as one of the most significant American rock bands of all time; the sound they pioneered in...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2007
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(New York, NY) Formerly known as Tarantula AD, Priestbird will release their debut full length In Your Time on April 17, 2007. The band will support this release with a tour this Spring opening for The Sword. Since the release of Book of Sand in late 2005, Tarantula AD’s sound has been constantly evolving to the point where the band members felt an overall change was in order. Taking their name in reference to a character in one of their...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2007
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In the days before “pop” was a dirty word, the music was funky, unpolished and not at all dumbed-down. The songs were so exciting, they could make you dance with wild abandon, and sing along euphorically, never caring who was in earshot. Everybody Else (named for a Kinks B-side) have created a record of just these tunes. With twelve back-to-back gems, Everybody Else’s self-titled debut is an album so refreshingly un-jaded it will leave you wondering why anyone would ever...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2007
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DJ John Digweed and dance rock outfit MSTRKRFT will team up for the first Diamonds 07 tour this spring. The trek begins March in Portland, OR, and will run through March 31 in New York. It will also visit the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas (March 16) and Miami's Winter Music Conference (March 20). "We are always in search of the best party possible and this is probably about as close as you can get," says MSTRKRFT's Jesse...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2007
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Having toured last year with his A Tribe Called Quest mates for the first time since 2000, Q-Tip is back on the solo beat. The Universal Motown artist is gearing up for the spring release of The Renaissance. Q-Tip put together a hip-hop band for project, but, according to the New York-based rapper, it's not a band simply in the sense of everyone just playing an instrument. "I wanted a hip-hop sonic feel, something pure to the sound of hip-hop...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2007
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Bjork has worked with a typically eclectic crew of collaborators on her next album, due in late spring via Atlantic. According to a post on the artist’s website, the as-yet-untitled album features two tracks produced by Timbaland and another two featuring vocals by Antony Hegarty of Antony and the Johnsons. Additional guest appearances have been turned in by Toumani Diabate on kora, Konono No. 1 on electric thumb piano and drumming from Lightning Bolt’s Brian Chippendale. “This record is a...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2007