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Capgun Coup: Maudlin

Nebraskans prove "bad" bands have all the soul

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Dec 16,2009 - Garage rock has a curiously dubious nature. Based on the notion that garage inherently champions a primordial version of rock & roll over the thoughtfully orchestrated fret acrobatics of, say, a progressive band ...

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The Lawrence Arms: Buttsweat & Tears

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Dec 9,2009 - Where might The Lawrence Arms be without booze? Knowing how frequently the Chicago trio uses alcohol and its attached subtexts as lyrical fuel, it’s hard to imagine their woebegone, crooked punk devoid of this cliché.

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Themselves

Two of a Kind: Doseone and Jel stay true to Themselves.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Dec 9,2009 - Early into their careers, Adam Drucker and Jeff Logan needed partners. Drucker (aka Doseone) was an emcee bringing his arcane approach to Midwestern rap battles ...

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Earthless

The Big Bang: Earthless’ psychedelic rock travels into wild dimensions.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Nov 25,2009 - When performing live, the members of Earthless communicate through a concept called "cosmic nodding."

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Thunderheist

Lightning in a Bottle: After a whirlwind run, Thunderheist cools down.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Nov 4,2009 - Graham Bertie wishes that he hadn't missed the rise of YouTube.

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Finn Riggins

Alive & Awake: Idaho's Finn Riggins find their "humps."

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Oct 28,2009 - Eric Gilbert, Lisa Simpson, and Cameron Bouiss first played together in other groups as music majors at the University of Idaho.

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Red Fang

Booze n' Bruisin': Red Fang chug beer; lose limbs.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Oct 7,2009 - War can produce miserable results. Just ask Red Fang, whose video for their tuneful stampede of stoner metal, "Prehistoric Dog," depicts the rockers starting a vicious rivalry culminating in an epic, bitter battle.

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Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound

Revival Fire: Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound sculpt old-school dreamscapes.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Sep 30,2009 - According to Charlie Saufley, there are two traits consistent to every record by Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound: "A, it's recorded to tape--no Pro Tools anywhere, just an old-fashioned two inch tape...

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Mariachi El Bronx

The Wild Side/The Mild Side: Uncontrollable L.A. punks The Bronx chill out with a mariachi band alter-ego.

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Sep 23,2009 - The Bronx thrive in disorder. In an April '09 performance, frontman Matt Caughthran transformed into a one-man riot.

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BLK JKS

By Reyan Ali
POSTED // Sep 16,2009 - After Robots is best devoured as an album of moments. BLK JKS, a South African gang of four...
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