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Blind Pilot

Indie-Not: Portland's Blind Pilot: regular Joes, cool jobs.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jul 29,2009 - Just over the border from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Blind Pilot's Israel Nebeker marvels that customs agents didn't search the van. "First time ever!" he enthuses.

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The Black Keys

Magic Potions and Crystal Balls: Contemplating the The Black Keys’ career to come.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jul 15,2009 - So, The Black Keys are comin’. Free show, Gallivan Center, Twilight Concert Series—it’ll be one of the biggest shows of the year because the Akron blues-rock duo is kinda huge now ...

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MeWithoutYou

Benefit of the Doubt: MeWithoutYou own their spirituality.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 24,2009 - Bands affiliated with Christianity are increasingly inclined to downplay their religious side. If you're into Jeebus, you're a right-wing lunatic, a pushy, deluded, intolerant, mouth-breather without a salient word to say ...

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Bill Callahan

Mystery Man: Bill Callahan lets the music do the talking.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Jun 17,2009 - There's no music from Bill Callahan's--you may know him better under his former "band" name Smog--13th album Sometimes I Wish We Were An Eagle (Drag City) on his MySpace page. Make that his "Official Fuck MySpace Page..."

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Bob Log III

Polished Turds: Bob Log III plays the blues—sans beret.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // May 6,2009 - B-movie bluesman Bob Log III speaks in a stoner's cadence, with jazzy rolls, micro-lulls and odd word emphases that recall the late great comedian Mitch Hedberg...

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Vivian Girls

The Realms of the Unresponsive: Vivian Girls say their piece in good, pithy, two-minute songs.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Apr 29,2009 - We want a story, lest we again resort to recitations of influences heard and inferred, and a back-story anyone can get from the band's Website or MySpace page.

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Roger Clyne & The Peacemakers

Peace Party: Roger Clyne’s got what you need.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Apr 8,2009 - In his hierarchy of basic human needs, Maslow's pyramid'the top section, above all the love/food/safety stuff, encompasses items essential to self-actualization.

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Justin Townes Earle

Son of a Sumbitch: Justin Townes Earle emerges from his father’s shadow, casting his own.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Apr 1,2009 - Justin Townes Earle. I almost staggered right into him at the Bloodshot Records party last week in Austin, Texas, but that’s as close as I came to antagonizing the guy, or even saying hello.

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The Devil Makes Three

Satan Is My Homeboy: Impishly evil Americana band The Devil Makes Three does wrong right.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Mar 18,2009 - Pete Bernhard and I are both getting ready to split town, both of us headed to South by Southwest, the annual Austin orgy of beer, bands and breakfast tacos—in other words, heaven.

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Drawing Crowds

Nashville’s Todd Snider has that everyman appeal.

By Randy Harward
POSTED // Feb 26,2009 - Every record I make, theres been people that strongly disliked it, says the mellow Oregonian hippie-turned-Nashvillian hippie singer-songwriter in an early morning phone call. It comes with the territory, even with concerts. You just have to accept that some people out there arent gonna like it.
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