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Wednesday, July 19, 2006 02:33 pm

With a new album and a new lineup, Springfield's favorite indie rock band hits the road

The small makeshift rock club overflows with fans. Kids line the walls, standing on ledges and leaning in to cop a view. The lead singer strikes the first chord on his guitar. The crowd moves and brea...
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 12:59 am

Lisa Germano excels at singing about being fat, trashed, and duped

Lisa Germano’s publishing company is called Emotional Wench, a name that is, to quote Homer Simpson, funny because it’s true. In the annals of indie dysfunction, few singer/songwriters hav...
Wednesday, July 19, 2006 12:57 am

Latin-flavored psych-pop returns, nearly 30 years after disbanding

In the music industry, second chances are like flying saucers, so rarely seen that they beg the question “Do they really exist?” And yet, on very rare occasions, a once-promising musician ...
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 12:59 am

Shapes and Sizes may be terminally adorable, but thatÂ’s OK

When the terminally adorable Canadian quartet Shapes and Sizes signed to indie-rock über-cutie Sufjan Stevens’s record label, Asthmatic Kitty, the sudden surfeit of sweetness must...
Wednesday, July 12, 2006 12:58 am

Meet Aloe Blacc; the Roots hit the Pageant Theatre

CD EXCHANGE: With R. Kelly busy basking in the glow of his mesmerizing car wreck of a miniseries, Trapped in the Closet, the R&B world has hit a bit of a drought when it comes to male si...
Thursday, July 6, 2006 09:31 am

Lady & BirdÂ’s childrenÂ’s story for adults

Lady & Bird is the intriguing, if slight, side project of Keren Ann Zeidel and Bardi Johannsson. Zeidel, an Israel-born Frenchwoman who now shuttles between Paris and New York, has ...
Thursday, July 6, 2006 07:38 pm

A short guide to Taste of DowntownÂ’s musical offerings

I like American music, and not just the Violent Femmes’ tune, either. This weekend, Taste of Downtown’s American Music Show presents a tiny slice of our vast music scene to enter...
Thursday, June 29, 2006 07:10 pm

Lucky Syd -- girls are suckers for sad boys

As long as there are girls who are suckers for sad boys, there will be a place in the global economy for the likes of Syd Matters. You won’t hear me complaining. If those girls can be blamed for...
Thursday, June 29, 2006 01:43 am

After 11 years, Sleater-Kinney announces its break-up

GOODBYE, OLD FRIEND: The news was posted, and Vinyl Static heard the line of dominoes fall — furious message-board posts, the rat-a-tat-tat of stunned bloggers, and a collective gasp — as ...
Thursday, June 22, 2006 01:58 am

Freak folk here to stay; India.ArieÂ’s back

SINGLES ONLY: Most alternative genres only have a few good years. The success of an insular subgenre can quickly turn free-spirited tunes into novelty tracks for tacky compilations chur...

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