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^ = w/ The Lemonheads12/5        Minneapolis, MN @ The 400 Bar ^12/7        Chicago, IL @ Double Door ^12/8        Chicago, IL @ Double Door ^12/9        Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop ^12/10       Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick ^12/12       Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace ^12/13       Philadelphia, PA @ North Star Bar...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2006
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Liverpool quartet Clinic will make their first U.S. live appearances since 2004 this March with eight select performances. The Grammy-nominated masked band will be touring in support of their fourth full-length, Visitations, due in stores January 23rd on Domino Records. These shows will be their only appearances in these markets in 2007. Heralded as one of the most distinct creative groups of the past decade, Clinic burst onto the U.S. music scene in 2001 with the release of their debut...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2006
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Once again due to a delay at the production plant, Gold Standard Laboratories is pushing back the release of BIG SIR “Und Die Scheiße Ändert Sich Immer” to February 2007. Press copies have been sent out, but please let us know if you have not received one and would like to. In their very rare free time from their other projects, BIG SIR will be playing a handful of dates in the LA area (dates listed below). BIG SIR is...

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Tuesday, 05 December 2006
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It’s one of the more annoying things about writing about music. An album crosses your desk in a little cardboard sleeve or a jewel case with no cover. It’s a band you’ve never heard of, one of twenty or so in the stack you have to listen to that day. Each CD gets about three minutes, usually enough to tell if it warrants another listen or will just go in a box and clutter up your office/bedroom for a month...

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Monday, 04 December 2006
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Australia’s The Drones made a splash with last year’s Wait Long By the River and the Bodies of Your Enemies Will Float By. The album—which won an Australian Music Prize—garnered a lot of attention for the Melbourne-based band, making them critical darlings in the European and American indie press for its jagged stabs of guitar, densely-layered harmonies and haunting tales of drunkenness, suicide, despair and the occasional prospect of being devoured by shark. Founded five years ago by lead singer...

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Monday, 04 December 2006
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ARTIST: Pela DATE: 12-04-06 WRITER: Aaron Autrand It’s one of the more annoying things about writing about music. An album crosses your desk in a little cardboard sleeve or a jewel case with no cover. It’s a band you’ve never heard of, one of twenty or so in the stack you have to listen to that day. Each CD gets about three minutes, usually enough to tell if it warrants another listen or will just go in a box and...

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Monday, 04 December 2006
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ARTIST: Pavement DATE: 12-04-06 REVIEW BY: Casey Lombardo ALBUM: Wowee Zowee: Sordid Sentinels Edition LABEL: Matador Records Now Playing: “Grounded” from Wowee Zowee Ah, sweet Wowee Zowee. The difficult third album. The one that true blue Pavement-philes derive the greatest pleasure in championing: it’s neither the definitive classic (Slanted & Enchanted) as deemed by establishment rock journos nor the beloved-by-girlfriends, 120 Minutes mainstay (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain). No, with its mixture of kaleidoscopic songwriting...

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Monday, 04 December 2006
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No one wants their rock stars to be clean cut, apart from all the Buddy Holly fanatics out there. Musicians are heroes that we can live through vicariously—swilling whisky every night, nonchalantly hooking up with random groupies in towns big and small, making showering an optional activity—surveying them alternately with jealousy and disgust. The same can be said for the music they put out. Gritty, boozy and blustery are all adjectives critics love to apply to any blues-inflected rock that...

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Ah, sweet Wowee Zowee. The difficult third album. The one that true blue Pavement-philes derive the greatest pleasure in championing: it’s neither the definitive classic (Slanted & Enchanted) as deemed by establishment rock journos nor the beloved-by-girlfriends, 120 Minutes mainstay (Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain). No, with its mixture of kaleidoscopic songwriting and generously baked jams, Wowee was destined to be embraced by a rare breed of snobbish rock fan, blaring from only the loneliest of dorm rooms in 1995 and...

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Monday, 04 December 2006
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The Cold War Kid’s debut full-length album Robbers & Cowards out on Downtown Recordings is more or less a compilation of songs found on previously released EPs. Singer Nathan Willett’s amazing vocal pitch and dexterity is probably the first thing you’ll notice as you make your way through this record. The second track on the album, “Hang Me Up to Dry,” will undoubtedly paralyze you with its overwhelmingly hooky bass line and vocal melody followed by the funky surf guitar...

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