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2007 Stories by Mike Appelstein

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  • Zeda's Beat Box

    published December 26, 2007

    Friday night is when observant Jews put aside worldly concerns in favor of Shabbat's spiritual joys. Kabbalat Shabbat is the service that kicks... More >>

  • Peter Frampton

    published September 26, 2007

    It's hard to feel sorry for a man who's sold tens of millions of records, but you still can't help but empathize with Peter Frampton. ... More >>

  • Eddie Money

    published September 12, 2007

    Eddie Money may be the luckiest man in show business. No embarrassed has-been or frustrated artiste here: For three decades he's been... More >>

  • Cause Co-Motion!

    published August 15, 2007

    If the idea of the early Ramones on a sugar-and-caffeine speedball sounds like a workable idea — or better yet, if it doesn't — you... More >>

  • The 75s

    published August 8, 2007

    LOCAL MOTION It's a rare occasion to welcome a St. Louis band whose admitted influences include... More >>

  • Ladybug Transistor/ Bound Stems

    published July 25, 2007

    Originally part of a loose Elephant 6-ish collective revolving around Marlborough Farms (which, as rustic as it sounds, is actually a Brooklyn... More >>

  • Au Revoir Simone

    published July 4, 2007

    There's a great video on YouTube of Au Revoir Simone walking through the streets of its native Brooklyn, playing a song on portable keyboards,... More >>

  • It's the Smashing Pumpkins, Charlie Brown!

    published July 4, 2007

    Those of you hoping that the Smashing Pumpkins' comeback record is an unmitigated disaster will be disappointed: It's not. Those of you afraid... More >>

  • The Besties

    published June 27, 2007

    Summer's here, and the time is right for sweet and cheerful indie-pop music. Enter the Besties, a Brooklyn-via-Florida band that's been... More >>

  • Asha Bhosle

    published May 30, 2007

    Asha Bhosle is the once and future queen of the "playback singers" of Indian cinema. Since the 1940s, she has recorded anywhere from 5,000... More >>

  • Old Haunts

    published May 16, 2007

    Olympia, Washington's Old Haunts certainly sound haunted by something, even if the band rarely clarifies what it is. Over swampy and... More >>

  • The Decemberists

    published April 11, 2007

    Since releasing 2006's The Crane Wife, the Decemberists have faced a typical dilemma for rising, formerly underground bands: How do... More >>

  • The Fake Fictions

    published March 21, 2007

    The members of the Fake Fictions are as capable of sweet melodies, handclap percussion and appealingly awkward boy-girl vocals as the next... More >>

  • A new book explores the history of the influential U.K. label Rough Trade — but does it get history right?

    published February 28, 2007

    For all the early punks' Year Zero rhetoric about destroying the music business, most of them were pretty serious music scholars. John Lydon, we... More >>

  • Dream into Action

    published February 7, 2007

    If you saw Jennifer O'Connor at the Gargoyle last October, you may have noticed a camera crew swarming around the front of the stage. It turns out... More >>

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