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Internal Debate: The Dead Weather

Internal Debate: The Dead Weather

The reviews are in for the latest from The Dead Weather and, for the most part, the feedback sounds great. Our Staff Writers recently zeroed in on the latest from Jack White & Co. entitled Horehound and this debut project passes beautifully according to most (save for one). Check out the latest Internal Debate feature […]

We Were Promised Jetpacks

We Were Promised Jetpacks

It’s a long way to Glasgow, Scotland from my cozy little spot on the East Coast, so it’s not surprising when the great hills of the United Kingdom interfere with cell phone signals. But Adam Thompson, singer and guitarist for We Were Promised Jetpacks, is unflappable about being disconnected in conversation on three separate occasions. […]

Our Lady Peace

Our Lady Peace

Our Lady Peace has had a career spanning more than 15 years, and has become one of the most enduring rock bands in Canada. But an overemphasis on outside production nearly broke up the band four years ago, so its members took a much-needed break after the completion of 2005’s Healthy in Paranoid Times to […]

The Joys and Pains of Music Criticism

The Joys and Pains of Music Criticism

I suppose there are some perks to being a music critic. Lord knows the list has been greatly reduced. The primary perk is, or was, of course, swag. Mountains of swag. Truly. It piles up in mounds on our floors. It turns out that the type of person who makes the decision to become a […]

Internal Debate: Son Volt

Internal Debate: Son Volt

In one of our more somber Internal Debates ever, we turn to the latest from Jay Farrar and company called American Central Dust. The new Son Volt disc receives the praise of many in the mainstream media, but as we turned to our own Staff Writers, we found a mostly less-than-impressed cacophony of responses. So […]

Tortoise

Tortoise

Twenty years. That’s how long the Chicago-founded, after-rock forerunners and musical style-cuisinart band Tortoise has been in business. While few marriages, let alone bands, can claim such longevity, the veritable indie institution doesn’t show any sign of closing its doors — even if it takes Tortoise longer than other, less-quality-obsessed artists to finish an album. […]

Prizzy Prizzy Please

Prizzy Prizzy Please

Mad cow disease, a questionable drill bit salesman and a noxious Chicago taco joint are just some of the song topics found in the Prizzy Prizzy Please catalog. The quartet from Bloomington, Ind., never tread in one genre too long, opting to play a little punk here and ’80s pop there, often sprinkling in a […]

“I Can’t Be Your Apologist Very Long”

“I Can’t Be Your Apologist Very Long”

“I Can’t Be Your Apologist Very Long”: Achieving Something Akin to Excellence in Music Criticism We were pushed into damp windowless rooms during the summer while our regular classrooms in the English building were being cleaned, painted, and buffed to a shine. Given that the first round of college freshmen always destroyed the cleanliness within […]

Ed Harcourt

Ed Harcourt

Ed Harcourt is a new man. Trust me. Actually don’t take my word for it, since Harcourt himself is the one espousing this idea. The London songwriter’s remained relatively silent over the last four years (save for a new Russian Roulette EP), taking a sabbath season to appreciate life and figure out his artistic calling. […]

Chairlift

Chairlift

There’s commotion on the other end of the line. Voices pass the phone around until I land in the hands of Aaron Pfenning, Chairlift’s guitarist and co-writer. He’s relaxing on a Thursday in L.A. taking advantage of a few spare moments in his band’s hectic schedule. Since releasing their debut, Does You Inspire You, on […]