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Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh

Kate Walsh holds a voice that goes along well with contented drowsiness—the kind of music you put on while you’re running your bathwater and nearly puts you to sleep while you soak. Very pretty and twinkly, very easy on the ears. Almost a little too easy on the ears, in fact. Tim’s House at times […]

The Toadies

The Toadies

In March of 2001, the Toadies released their second LP, Hell Below/Stars Above, six years after their debut, Rubberneck. Hell Below was a darker (somehow) and more intricate use of the band’s energies and bandleader Todd Lewis’ endless exuberant rage, though by this time nobody cared. Seven years – and at least one official disbanding […]

Richard Swift

Richard Swift

Richard Swift has decided to not make his fans wait for his primitive yet intelligently crafted trembling piano bar numbers until early next year when he releases a new Richard Swift album as well as a Richard Swift as Onassis album. The Ground Trouble Jaw tracks are more than likely excerpts from the two upcoming […]

U2

U2

As you hold the thick, cardboard case that carries the reissued October album, you look at the faces that are on the cover and wonder who these almost unrecognizable faces are. Somehow this group of young, coarse fellows have now established themselves as the biggest band in the world. Can you imagine holding the original […]

The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols

The Dandy Warhols are back and this time it’s personal. No, really, it is. Earth to The Dandy Warhols is their first self-released album since leaving Capitol Records. Boy, I bet Capitol is kicking themselves now. Not only are The Dandys back after nearly three years but they are better than ever. This is arguably […]

J*Davey

J*Davey

Labeling: The desire to somehow define and file music in genres that are readily accessible in your neighborhood record store. Sadly, this practice is a commonly employed method used to achieve major distribution. Even more disappointing is the fact that most labels essentially equate to stereotypes. The classically futuristic emcee Q-Tip of A Tribe Called […]

Mute Math: Flesh and Bones Electric Fun

Mute Math: Flesh and Bones Electric Fun

There’s nothing like a good show—nothing like disregarding your personal space and being enveloped by a juggernaut of lights, sounds, sweat, and the ethereal newness of live music. Many of us are spending our limited, hard-earned cash on various shows and gigs, weekend cover charges, gas for road trips, and extra sticks of deodorant because […]

Damien Jurado

Damien Jurado

The Doug Fir Lounge is a log cabin. Ok, maybe not exactly a log cabin but an ultra-modern bar that has a lodge theme. In the basement of the hipster hangout slash restaurant is a blue back-lit stage about seventy feet away from a paralleled bar silhouetted on top of an orange-lit floor. The Doug […]

Kasai All Stars

Kasai All Stars

The third volume of the Congotronic series demands the listener to “play it loud.” One quickly realizes you don’t just listen. Instead, you’re swallowed whole into the cosmos. Easily matching its transcendent name, In the seventh moon, the chief turned into a swimming fish and ate the head of his enemy by magic casts an […]

Monte Negro

Monte Negro

Monte Negro has roots in the punk band Anima, as vocalist, Kinski Gallo, and his bassist brother, Rodax, were each members of that act, which has been described as “the Latino Red Hot Chilli Peppers.” The punk spirit is clearly a part of Monte Negro’s overall makeup, too, although Cicatrix leaves the greater impression of […]