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Hunx & His Punx

That’s Entertainment!: Hunx & His Punx live for the thrills of subversive spectacle.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // May 5,2011 - Phil Spector has spent the past decade in and out of courtrooms, but even with a murder conviction leveled against him, the ’60s girl-group sound associated with the legendary producer lives on.

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The Joy Formidable

Upward is Heavenward: The Joy Formidable’s widescreen rock takes flight.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Apr 7,2011 - It’s just so apropos: The Joy Formidable make their grand entrance into the full-length playing field with a record titled The Big Roar.

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Eric Elbogen of Say Hi

You (don't) know this guy.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Feb 15,2011 - Based on sundry articles penned about Eric Elbogen, Say Hi’s creator and sole permanent member, he’s an inert character whose minutiae make for great material ...

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Get Up Kids

Comeback Kids: The Get Up Kids return with lessons learned and new music.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Feb 1,2011 - 2005 marked an all-time low for The Get Up Kids, and the Kansas City band called it quits...

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The Black Angels at The Urban Lounge

The Black Angels have a love-hate relationship with psychedelia.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Nov 30,2010 - Austin has flourished into an especially fertile locale for psychedelic rock. The contemporary scene’s pre-eminent band is The Black Angels, and with good reason.

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Freelance Whales at Kilby Court

The Careful Craft: Freelance Whales draw an intimate, intelligent world.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Nov 25,2010 - Judah Dadone appears to invest a lot of thought into things. The Freelance Whales vocalist and multi-instrumentalist answers questions...

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Bear Hands at Kilby Court

The Brooklyn post-punk group finally has an album.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Nov 16,2010 - In mid-2007, a small company called Freedom in Exile put out Bear Hands’ Golden EP, making it the first release of a band that had formed only a year prior ...

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Doomtree

The Gang’s All Here: Minneapolis’ slept-upon hip-hop crew head out on their first full tour.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Nov 4,2010 - Somewhere amid the agitated, snare-driven beat of “Drumroll,” rapper P.O.S. makes room for a shout-out. “Trust in absolutely fucking nothing but Doomtree/ Step up your thought game, lame...”

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The Morning Benders' Indie Pop Digs Into the Past

Saturday Oct. 23, Urban Lounge

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Oct 21,2010 - Album titles rarely get more nuanced than Big Echo. The name of The Morning Benders’ sophomore LP, issued in March on Rough Trade, works on a handful of levels.

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Otherworldly Band Valient Thorr Makes Stop In Salt Lake City

Tuesday Oct. 5 at Burt's Tiki Lounge

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Sep 28,2010 - Would you risk your well-being to keep a phone interview going? The sane answer, of course, is no, but Valient Himself is ...
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