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  • Less Than Jake/Goldfinger

    published July 2, 2008

    A decade ago, a co-headlining tour by Goldfinger and Less Than Jake seemed unlikely, especially because the two bands seemed to... More >>

  • Wolf Eyes

    published June 25, 2008

    It takes a North American timber wolf approximately seven minutes to track, catch and fully dismember an adult deer. Detroit noise band Wolf... More >>

  • Warped Tour darlings Cobra Starship discusses side projects and fanny packs, while the hidden history of Green Jellÿ is revealed

    published June 25, 2008

    Cobra Starship combines '80s new wave influences and funky fashion with quirky dance moves and plenty of irony. Formed in 2005 by former Midtown... More >>

  • Modey Lemon

    published June 18, 2008

    Tie-dye, pot leaves and magical mushrooms are the standard fare for drug-rock imagery, but Pittsburgh's psychedelic trio Modey Lemon... More >>

  • Forever Changes: Chick Corea's Return To Forever reunites and shows neo-jazz fusion groups how it's done

    published June 11, 2008

    Anyone seeking a definition of "jazz fusion" needs to look no further than Return To Forever. The seminal group, which is fronted by... More >>

  • The Casualties

    published June 11, 2008

    More nostalgic than innovative, the Casualties are almost a tribute band to an aesthetic, following the punk-rock rules by the book... More >>

  • Be Your Own Pet

    published June 4, 2008

    At a time when punk rock is pretty, polished and poppy, Be Your Own Pet is breaking down the walls like a leather-jacket-wearing,... More >>

  • Stone Temple Pilots

    published June 4, 2008

    We were almost safe from the horrors of the post-grunge alternative muck of the mid- to late-'90s — and then Stone Temple Pilots... More >>

  • Russian Circles

    published May 28, 2008

    Russian Circles is a post-rock, post-metal, post-everything instrumental band from Chicago that may be redefining the term "power trio."... More >>

  • Dark Meat

    published May 14, 2008

    Dark Meat (short for Dark Meat Vomit Lasers Family Galaxy) epitomizes two trademarks of the Athens, Georgia, music scene: a family-like... More >>

  • MU330

    published May 7, 2008

    If the third wave of ska is over, either nobody told MU330, or it simply doesn't care. The latter option must be true; in the fourteen... More >>

  • Tegan and Sara find their sister act soaring with The Con

    published April 30, 2008

    Tegan and Sara Quin are identical twins who have been playing music and writing songs together inseparably for over a decade as (naturally)... More >>

  • Bad Dudes

    published April 30, 2008

    Between its charmingly straightforward name and highly literal lyrics, Bad Dudes aren't leaving much to the imagination. On "Eat Drugs,"... More >>

  • Van Halen

    published April 23, 2008

    The name Van Halen is synonymous with rock & roll dramatics. After all, the band has always given its fans many topics to discuss over a... More >>

  • B-Sides gets personal with Alicia Keys, as she is, and examines the parallels between Metallica-worshippers Apocalyptica and Harptallica

    published April 23, 2008

    She sings. She acts. She saves the world, or tries to, through her various charity efforts. And even Bob Dylan has noticed, and namechecked her... More >>

  • Enon

    published April 16, 2008

    For ten years, Enon has been stirring a cauldron of electro-clash sonics, sassy vocals and garage-rock spunk. With last year's Touch and... More >>

  • Rogue Wave

    published April 16, 2008

    Geographically, Rogue Wave resides in Oakland, but musically, the band comes from the same sunny indie-pop hills as the Shins and Built... More >>

  • Unwed Sailor

    published April 9, 2008

    Unwed Sailor is a fitting name for a band that's geographically restless enough to have called Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C.,... More >>

  • B-Sides catches up with Lou ex-pat Black Spade and finds out how Black Moutain manages to rock so hard

    published March 19, 2008

    Some may use prefixes such as "progressive" or "stoner" to describe the music unleashed by Black Mountain. But the Vancouver quintet is, above... More >>

  • An Albatross

    published March 12, 2008

    Given that the average An Albatross track clocks in at a minute or less, "progressive" may seem like an odd tag for the band. But these... More >>

  • Pelican

    published February 27, 2008

    On paper, Chicago's Pelican is doing everything wrong. The instrumental group plays heavy riffs with clean guitars. It does doom metal... More >>


    published February 13, 2008

    There's a move that noise kids make at noise shows: With their heads down, feet shoulder-width apart and unmoving, they uncross their arms and... More >>

  • Early Day Miners

    published February 6, 2008

    American music and American geography have always gone hand in hand. But while many bands can recall Southern attitude or New York cool, very... More >>

  • Sound Tribe Sector 9

    published January 30, 2008

    As Sound Tribe Sector 9 performs one of its packed shows, it's easy to imagine the jam band kids staying on one side of the club and the... More >>

  • Cobra Starship

    published January 30, 2008

    Initial impulses suggest that pop-punk supergroup Cobra Starship started as a joke. The first indicator is the NYC band's name; second... More >>

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