Under The Influence Of Giants
INTERVIEW

They’re from L.A. and somehow these BeeGee-ified rockers slipped under our radar, but pretty soon it will be hard for you to miss Under the Influence of Giants as their debut release picks up speed and they begin a series of tours. If we were one of those rags who did the whole “recommended if you like” tag we’d say, “recommended if you like Yacht Rock.” And if you knew what we meant by that, then we’d make out with...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
Oliver Future
INTERVIEW

Band member name answering: Noah Lit What you do in band: Load the van and sing. 1. Boring starter question: How did you guys meet? Internet chatrooms: gardeners.com, knittingcircle.net and vigilanties.gov. 2. Follow up boring question: How did you pick the name Oliver Future? My great-grandfather was an entertainer in the famous Russian postwar scene with a band called Oliver and the Future of Workers of the World. He died in a bizarre ballet accident but the name lives on....

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Monday, 30 October 2006
The Bronx
INTERVIEW

The Bronx are the kind of band that can come off as pretty damn scary if you don’t know them. Singer Matt Caughthran’s vocals are gut-wrenching, spine-curdling wails that will shake the soul out of you. Their music is louder than loud, they can drink you under the table anytime anywhere, have totaled not one, but two tour vans (if my memory serves correct) and in general, just aren’t fucking around. But fortunately for me, I’ve known Bronx founding member...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
Gosling
EDITORIAL

The last time a band switched gears so drastically—potentially missing out on super-stardom—was The Mars Volta when they ditched At the Drive-in. They trusted their guts and felt like they were going in the wrong direction creatively—they needed something more. Gosling have a similar story, except each member of the old band stayed around for the new one, all the while retaining the endless creativity and musicianship that can only materialize from years and years of playing together. The result...

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Monday, 30 October 2006
Simon Dawes
NEWS

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
LIVE MUSIC

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
THE DAILY

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