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Spill Factor

Built to Spill’s Doug Martsch is more homebody than ass-kicking indie-rock god.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Sometimes fans get a little too fanatical. That’s the case with this guy I used to work with. Let’s call him Aaron—for legal purposes, of course. Whenever he got about five beers in him, his arms would start flailing like a puppet with...

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Strange Ways

Euphone are willing to try anything, just as long as it’s not normal.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Most musicians want to kill Nick Marci. Not because he’s a dick or anything. More mellow than Donovan after an ashram, it’s hard to think of anyone trying to choke Marci with a guitar string. See, the Euphone bassist pays rent by playing with...

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Phat Rock

Slender bangs out brilliant four-chord odes to sex, booze, chicks and Tastee Freeze.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Sometimes you just have to stand up for what you believe in. In the last few years, San Francisco has been overrun by computer geeks and Audi TTs, with the success of Silicon Valley overflowing into the Bay Area.Sound AffectsSOUNDTRACK Moulin Rouge (Interscope)...

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Conspiracy Theory

The International Noise Conspiracy rocks their Marxist message to the people.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Listening to Dennis Lyxzen is confusing. There’s talk of Marxist doctrine, corrupt capitalists, the socio-political repercussions for Marxists using corrupt capitalists to spread the message of socialism to the punk proletariat. It’s like...

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Twang 3.0

Hank Williams III is keeping the family tradition alive -- his own way.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Hank Williams III holds no love for Nashville. Granted, just because he sports the name of country royalty—and one look at his lanky frame, sunken eyes and gaunt face give away which side of the gene pool he dove into—Hank III doesn’t...

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Thick as Mud

Never mind the buds: Clutch just wants to rock your world.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Neil Fallon isn’t a stoner. The lead singer of Clutch, Fallon is used people claiming that his band is meant for latter-day Jeff Spicolis, guys who host smoke-outs in their conversion vans and consider the munchies a God-given right. And sure, the...

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Great Quiet North

Canada’s The Weakerthans revel in the silence.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - There’s that sound, that rustle you hear when you’re walking through a field. Hip-high grass quietly bends in the wind, blending together like brushstrokes on canvas. A few trees shimmy like flappers. In the distance, water glides over a few...

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Truckstop Love

The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash fight to keep real country music alive.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - You’ve gotta have balls to name your band The Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash. You’re just setting yourself up for a serious fall. Critics and fans alike are instantly going to compare everything you do against “I Walk the Line” and...

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Independent Woman

Jonatha Brooke has turned her back on the music industry to go it alone.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - The music industry destroys most people. At one point, nine out of 10 bands signed to a major label went broke. Artists, after having thousands of dollars handed to them only to watch their records sell handfuls, suddenly find themselves cut loose and...

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Eye of the Tiger

The Selby Tigers might get weird stares, from the emo kids, but they like it that way.

By Jeff Inman
POSTED // Jun 11,2007 - Dave Gatchell just wanted to do his part. While his band, Selby Tigers, was hanging out in Cocoa Beach, Fla., last December, taking a break from the Minnesota snow, drummer Gatchell decided to help out with the recounting process. Not that he spent hours...
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