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New York’s Finest

Jesse Malin’s songs breathe-in the Big Apple, from the sweat to the pizza slices.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Friendships should never be reduced to promo stickers. At least that’s how Jesse Malin feels. When the former D Generation frontman first met his longtime bud Ryan Adams back in 1995 after a show, he never would have guessed that the then-Whiskeytown...

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Phair’s Game

Liz Phair left behind her indie cred for commercial success and started a virtual riot in her wake.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - They make rude remarks about me/they wonder just how wild I would be/as they egg me on and keep me mad.” Ten years ago, Liz Phair probably thought she was just documenting her life when she wrote that line for “Help Me Mary,” one of...

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Southern Comfort

Caroline Herring stays true to her Mississippi roots with her latest Wellspring.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - If you’re sitting next to Caroline Herring on an airplane, you should probably keep your mouth shut. It might be difficult. Disarmingly pretty, with the kind of blue-green eyes that are as inviting as a secret swimming hole in summer, Herring looks...

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Improv Destiny

Medeski, Martin & Wood never intended to be jamheads, it just worked out that way.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Whether Chris Wood wants to admit it or not, he’s a jamhead hero. He’s revered by kids who camp out for days in fields just so they can see who pulls off the best 20-minute solo. He’s adored by leftover hippies who still want to feel...

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Stockholm Syndrome

The greatest band ever? As far as Division of Laura Lee are concerned, it’s them.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - If heroine-addled angst was the key ingredient in Seattle’s rise to rock dominance a decade ago, then Stockholm’s current blitzkrieg is fueled by sheer arrogance. Every Swedish group that’s gotten even an ounce of hype in the last year...

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Teacher’s Pest

Vanessa Carlton proves that cutting class can eventually make you a rock star.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Vanessa Carlton doesn’t look much like a bad girl. Sitting in front of her piano, her straight, dark hair streaming around her face, the 22-year-old singer-songwriter comes off more like a Juilliard egghead prepping for her final recital. But a...

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Sermon on the Wax

Caffeinated and unfiltered, Mixmaster Mike is preaching the good word of turntablism.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There’s a certain point where drugs have to factor in. Mike Schwartz hasn’t hit that wall yet—unless the gallons of Coke (as in Cola) he mainlines per day counts. But he’s damn close. Schwartz, otherwise known as turntable guru...

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Art of Darkness

Girls Against Boys survive and learn that You Can’t Fight What You Can’t See.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s like giving a walking tour to a blind man. Girls Against Boys guitarist-vocalist Scott McCloud is trying to describe the brief jaunt from his Manhattan apartment to a nearby park where cell phone reception is supposed to be better. “There’s...

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Tragic Kingdom

Social Distortion’s Mike Ness leaves his grief behind.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s like starting over. Two years ago when Social Distortion guitarist Dennis Danell died suddenly of a brain aneurysm, it was like Mike Ness took a bat to the gut. Danell was only 38. His death knocked Ness on his ass. He didn’t know what...

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Girl’s Own Blues

Deborah Coleman works to push the music into the future.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It still doesn’t make a lot of sense to Deborah Coleman. Yes, she’s a rarity: a woman who can play guitar from the gut and wail in front of a mic. Few have ever been able to pull that off. But the fact that Coleman has made her stand in the...
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