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2008 Stories by Christian Schaeffer

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  • Dropkick the Robot

    published May 21, 2008

    Dan Mehrmann leads Dropkick the Robot through eleven tracks that vary from straight-ahead Britpop-inspired rock & roll to hazy, more ethereal... More >>

  • Night Ranger

    published May 21, 2008

    The annual Rib America Festival always offers a little slice of Americana: folks eating sauced-up, off-the-bone barbecue while listening to the... More >>

  • The Whiskey Ring

    published May 14, 2008

    A little Googling reveals that the Whiskey Ring was an 1875 scandal that involved several politicians making millions off of federal liquor... More >>

  • The Iguanas

    published May 14, 2008

    When the Iguanas made its major-label debut in 1993, the New Orleans quartet paid respect to the city's musical heritage while injecting... More >>

  • Gotta Be Karim

    published May 7, 2008

    Karim Hameed used to perform with Soul Tyde, and his love for old-school samples and smooth soul textures is made plain on "When You See Me."... More >>

  • Hot Sauced

    published May 7, 2008

    Local folks love to add lowbrow flourishes to high-class functions — it keeps us grounded and reminds us of our hoosier heritage. This type... More >>

  • Quiet, or You Get the Lash!

    published April 30, 2008

    Is it possible to feel stressed out when a vibraphone is being played nearby? Unlikely — the warm, reverberating tones emanating from those... More >>

  • Femme Fatality

    published April 30, 2008

    Like the Strokes' Is This It?, the album title One's Not Enough seems to be Femme Fatality's way of preemptively baiting a... More >>

  • Randy Newman

    published April 30, 2008

    With all due respect to novelist David Foster Wallace, Brief Interviews with Hideous Men would make a good title for a Randy... More >>

  • The Roscoe Beano Band

    published April 23, 2008

    There is no Roscoe Beano in the Roscoe Beano Band, but there is Roy Culbertson, whose weathered voice and richly detailed acoustic music fills... More >>

  • Destroyer

    published April 23, 2008

    Destroyer has long been the solo project of Dan Bejar, erstwhile New Pornographer and avid chronicler of the absurdities of modern art... More >>

  • Life Unscripted

    published April 16, 2008

    Quick, someone shout out a place (“Intercourse, Pennsylvania!”). Now, a type of car (“Chevy Nova!”). Finally, a condiment... More >>

  • Via Audio

    published April 9, 2008

    The three guys and one gal of Via Audio may have formed while at Boston's Berklee College of Music, but the quartet possesses little of... More >>

  • John Henry & the Engine

    published April 9, 2008

    On Under the Yellow Moon, it's unclear if John Henry & the Engine send us their greetings from Asbury Park, New Jersey, or Columbia,... More >>

  • Mad for Plaid

    published April 2, 2008

    Still recovering from your green beer-and-blarney bacchanal on St. Patrick’s Day? It may seem like the Irish have all the fun, but their... More >>

  • Beth Bombara

    published April 2, 2008

    The songs on Beth Bombara's Abandon Ship EP don't mess with the standard singer-songwriter fare — stories of busted love, personal... More >>

  • Cursive

    published April 2, 2008

    Tim Kasher rivals his Saddle Creek Records homeboy Conor Oberst for the title of the hardest-working man in indie rock. When he's not busy... More >>

  • Rough Shop

    published March 26, 2008

    The lines separating bluegrass, jazz, rock and folk are made wonderfully hazy on Rough Shop's sophomore album. The quartet boasts three... More >>

  • Xiu Xiu

    published March 26, 2008

    While major-label bands can always look forward to the career-spanning greatest hits cash-in, bands that labor in the upper limits of indie-dom... More >>

  • Mike Doughty

    published March 26, 2008

    It tells us something about the mid-'90s alt-rock boom that a left-field band like Soul Coughing landed a major-label deal. The New York... More >>

  • All the King's Horsemen

    published March 19, 2008

    As with many writers who fall into that nebulous genre of "post-colonial literature" (which would technically include all American writing... More >>

  • DJ Trackstar Presents

    published March 19, 2008

    DJ Trackstar continues to act as this town's biggest hip-hop evangelist, spreading positive vibes and slick beats in equal measure. In addition... More >>

  • The Showbiz Kids/Shining Star

    published March 19, 2008

    Two seemingly disparate '70s acts will become one on Friday night, when the local cover band Groovethang transforms into both Steely Dan (as... More >>

  • O'Death/Langhorne Slim

    published March 19, 2008

    When Ralph Stanley contributed his bone-chilling version of "O Death" to the watershed O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack, it was a... More >>

  • Speakeasy Does It

    published March 12, 2008

    There has been some wacky legislation during our country's 230-plus years, and the Eighteenth Amendment — the one that prohibited the... More >>

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