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Method and Madness

Juliette Lewis finally sheds her Hollywood past to become a rock star.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jul 11,2007 - The last time Juliette Lewis called, she was two months late. She didn’t mean to be. She had tried to get in touch'a few times. But there was a broken-down bus. And then there was a dead cell phone. Maybe a couple other things, enough so that by...

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Garden Center

Tortoise gets ready to plant a few more ideas.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 18,2007 - The moment Dan Britney says it he knows he’s in trouble. “That’s going to be the start of the story, isn’t it?” he asks, knowing damned well the answer. “God, I shouldn’t have said anything.” nnNot that...

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Raising the ’Head

After a decade incognito, Evan Dando resurrects himself and The Lemonheads.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - For a moment, Lemonheads mastermind Evan Dando was the coolest dude on the planet. It was the fall of 1993. The Lemonheads had a hit song and a stellar album. Dando was in the movies and on MTV. He even popped up on the cover of magazines like Sassy and...

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Chaos Theory

How My Morning Jacket came back from the edge of a “thud” implosion.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Looking back, it all could have ended in a catastrophic thud. My Morning Jacket were on the edge of extinction. Not because anything had gone wrong. It had all gone too right.nnAfter the release of the Kentucky quintet’s third disc, 2003’s...

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All Work, No Play

Chicago’s Hush Sound take lazy to new melodic highs with Like Vines.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Chris Faller has bed head. Bad bed head. Big clumps of hair are firing off like rockets. Explosions are a possibility. And Faller isn’t even going to attempt to stop them. It’s his day off, one of the few the Hush Sound bassist has managed...

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Party Gangsta

Hip-hop chameleon Pigeon John cares more about the fun than the cred.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Pigeon John isn’t a pimp. He doesn’t care about acting hard. He doesn’t go bump it in the club'except maybe to make fun those who do. He doesn’t own hundreds of guns. He doesn’t have nine scars. He’s never sold drugs....

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Sad Sacks

Canada’s The Dears turn mope rock into grand cinematic art

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The story goes something like this: Natalia Yanchak was working as a DJ in some Montreal dive bar. And by DJing, I mean she loaded up the disc changer and hit the random button. That left her time to drink. A lot of time. Long enough to sit and listen...

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The Name Game

The once-experimental El Guapo now get their groove on as Supersystem.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - For those keeping track, Supersystem used to be El Guapo. Not the Chicago El Guapo. They’re just some bar band who’re sponsored by Budweiser—and happened to have the foresight to trademark the name. Supersystem’s El Guapo sprung...

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Elf Wrath

How Dios Malos went toe-to-toe with a metal god—and lost.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Aquick Spanish lesson: “Dios” means god. That’s it. Nothing else. And when bassist J.P. Caballero and his buds were putting together their band five years ago, it seemed like a pretty good name. Short, memorable, maybe a little egotistic,...

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Eye on the Prize

British rapper—and Harvard topic—Dizzee Rascal takes on America with Showtime.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - In the real world, awards don’t rate that high—somewhere between finding money in the laundry and a really good nap. The Sally Field “You really like me!” ego-stroke is nice, and there’s usually an open bar at the ceremony....
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