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Secret Identity

Dr. Dog’s lo-fi packaging hides something truly super.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Let’s say Clark Kent started a band. And not the new, hip Clark Kent of The WB; his abs are too toned to care about rocking out. No, this is old-school Christopher Reeve-style Clark Kent, with the reporter’s hat and the bad glasses. He’s...

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Vicious Rumors

“Overnight sensations” Tegan & Sara would like to put a few misconceptions to rest.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Here are the essentials you need to know about Tegan & Sara: Their last name is Quin. They’re Canadian, which is this moment’s stamp of coolness. They’re twins. They look alike. They sing alike. They act like polar opposites. Fight...

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Quiet Revolution

Low give up their slowcore tendencies for a slightly faster perspective on life.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Here’s the deal: Low are not, and most likely will never be, a band that plays peppy music. No one will ever do a jig to a Low song; it would just look like some weird tic rather than an actual choreographed dance. In fact, there are some Low songs...

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Other Roots

For Minnesota’s Heiruspecs, live hip-hop is the peak of personal expression.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Of the few simple rules in hip-hop, the biggest one is this: White guys from rural Massachusetts just don’t belong. Scream Eminem all you want, throw around underground names like Sage Francis and Buck 65, or even bring up the Beastie Boys—all...

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The Outsiders

Devotchka are like nothing you’ve ever heard—and what’s wrong with that?

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Let’s get this out there right now: There’s really no way to describe Devotchka. It’s just not possible. Pinning down what makes Paul Wolfowitz so smarmy is much easier. (Psst: It’s the eyebrows; them things are pure evil.) That...

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Accidental Saviors

Indie-rock “supergroup” The New Pornographers save pop by not even trying.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - These days, the term “supergroup” is more likely to illicit groans than glee from serious music fans. On paper, the idea looks good—a bunch of independently brilliant musicians get together to jam out equally brilliant songs—but...

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Ahoy Mates

The Coral prove that mainsail songs have a place in the world.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - For all of rock’s relative unpredictability, there are a few rules that rarely get broken: Pop songs have pop formulas; trends are meant to be exploited; and sea ditties will never, ever be popular. Sure, there are rare exceptions to every rule—Led...

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Surf’s Up

Remedy Motel: SoCal alt-country band and the surfnworld’s favorite soundtrack

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Mica Johnson has a dirty secret: “I can’t surf for shit,” he says bluntly. For the majority of us, that’s not a big deal. Learning to surf sits on most people’s to-do lists even with joining the Masons and seeing Siberia....

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Run-Around

Blues Traveler leave the past behind while reclaiming pop sensibilities.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Two years ago Tad Kinchla was walking a tightrope between someone else’s past and his future. Though he’d been a full-fledged member of Blues Traveler for a couple years, getting the call to fill the low-end slot after original bassist Bob...

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Assault and Battery

Los Angeles’ S.T.U.N. give up flesh and blood to the rock revolution.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s pretty standard to leave a little blood on rock & roll’s altar, something to ward off evil spirits and producers of VH1’s Where Are They Now? But S.T.U.N. frontman Christiane J has dumped about a quart. In the last four months...
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