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2007 Stories by Roy Kasten

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  • Red Heart the Ticker

    published February 7, 2007

    Vermont's best-known indie rocker, the self-identified socialist Bernie Sanders, recently won a U.S. senate seat on a platform not unlike one... More >>

  • The Autumn Defense

    published February 7, 2007

    Olivia Newton John once asked, "Have you ever been mellow?" The Autumn Defense's answer? "24/7." Led by Wilco bassist John Stirratt and... More >>

  • Local Motion: Frederick's Music Lounge Anniversary Show

    published January 31, 2007

    Just on the other side of Dan Lastick's scampering yelp (think Jonathan Richman having a go at primal-scream therapy) and a jittery rhythm section... More >>

  • Ron Sexsmith

    published January 24, 2007

    Like Paul McCartney without the existential cluelessness, Ron Sexsmith is a low-key melody-maker capable of small, shining stays against the chaos... More >>

  • Cross Canadian Ragweed

    published January 24, 2007

    Dumb down, tighten up and Oklahoma-fy the Drive-By Truckers, and you have Cross Canadian Ragweed — or so say cynics who forget that... More >>

  • R.I.P. Mississippi Nights

    published January 24, 2007

    Quotes compiled by Roy Kasten and Annie Zaleski. "Most of my memories of Mississippi Nights were from when I was a kid, going... More >>

  • Salt of the Earth

    published January 17, 2007

    Bands that expend all of their energy living up (or down) to their name — i.e. Alien Sex Fiend, Genitorturers and Dread Zeppelin — are... More >>

  • Scroat Belly

    published January 10, 2007

    Of all the mid-'90s twangcore thrashers — Jason and Scorchers, Pumpskully, the Supersuckers — Scroat Belly was likely the least... More >>

  • Heartless Bastards

    published January 10, 2007

    Though they make their home on heavy-roots label Fat Possum, the Heartless Bastards follow the same end-run around the blues as PJ Harvey,... More >>

  • The Gospel According to Gnarls

    published January 10, 2007

    St. John of the Cross, a sixteenth-century Spanish mystic, described something called "the dark night of the soul," that necessary descent on... More >>

  • The Incurables

    published January 3, 2007

    "Drum loops are soulless," opines Jimmy Griffin in a note attached to six demos representing the oeuvre (so far) of his new band, The... More >>

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