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The Kids Are Alright

The Get Up Kids spent years in motion only to rediscover themselves.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It was like the brake line on Ryan Pope’s car had been cut. When his band, the Get Up Kids, released their emo opus Something to Write Home About three years ago, the group didn’t expect much. The Kansas City quintet had spent the back half...

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Space Oddity

The Warlocks kick out the psychedelic jams—just don’t call ’em a jam-band.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Bobby Hecksher’s grandfather was a bit obsessive. Worried that something would break or go wrong, he made sure there was always a backup. He had three of everything. If he liked a record, he’d make sure there were three copies sitting around...

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School of Hard Rock

River City High kicks out some nasty napalm pop en route to the big leagues.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - James Menefee should probably have gnawed his fingernails up to his knuckles by now. The bassist-singer of the Richmond, Virginia’s River City High, Menefee is waiting to see if he needs to cash in his current dream and get a new one—or keep...

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Breaking the Mold

Apex Theory replaces rock’s blueprint with Middle-Eastern grooves and monster riffs.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Rock really has one general blueprint. Not much of a revelation, but the truth nonetheless. Blame it on whom or whatever you want—the blues, the Beatles, big corporations—but over the last four decades, pop music has been reduced to a simple...

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A New Promise

After a brush with death, The Promise Ring had to remake itself to stay alive.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Everything changed in an instant. Promise Ring vocalist Davey von Bohlen had been getting headaches for awhile—evil ones that left him fetal in bed. They were so bad the group had to cancel its European tour in 2000. He couldn’t go on stage;...

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Crack Pop

The Shins’ James Mercer wants to be your pop pusher.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - James Mercer is an addict. He needs constant fixes. And there’s no chance he’ll ever go straight. It’s been too long. He got hooked at a young age, say around five or so. It’s mainly his dad’s fault. He was the family pusher....

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D Is For Dangerous

Tenacious D are the rock gods you always dreamed of but were afraid to ask for.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s total mayhem. Maybe it’s the fact that Jack Black and Kyle Gass—also known as J.B. and K.G. to the fanatic; Tenacious D to the frightened—are stuck in a hotel room in Columbus, Ohio. Or it could be that the massage therapists...

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The New Cool

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club are all leather jackets and passive aloofness—so begins the revolution.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Normally the idea of fate seems like a bunch of crap. Master plans that roadmap your life down to the last detail, basically leaving you less wiggle room than the birth canal—come on! That’s about as likely as Cher going cold turkey on her...

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Force of Nature

After eight years and a near mental breakdown, Concrete Blonde is back in black.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Sometimes you just have to go home. That sense of safety, the familiar, it can make all the crap melt away. It was the only thing Johnette Napolitano could think to do. Early last year, her life seemed to be crashing around her. “It was the lowest...

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The Great Melting Pot

Ozomatli condenses the sounds of L.A. into one toxic brew.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - It’s the forbidden land. While less than 100 miles from the U.S. shores, Cuba might as well not exist for most Americans. It’s been sold in the media as the evil little empire. You can’t go there without some serious jockeying. And even...
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