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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.Arie’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...
Thursday, June 22, 2006 01:42 am

Evangelista is not an easy listen, but it’s cathartic

Listening to Evangelista, Carla Bozulich’s latest album, is like watching someone carve off strips of her own skin, fold them into dainty origami shapes, and present them on a cloisonn...
Thursday, June 15, 2006 08:02 am

Isn’t it a Wonder, how two talented people bring out the best in each other?

At least half of all marriages end in divorce, and the rate at which bands break up has to be even higher, so what are the odds that a husband-and-wife band could succeed in the long run? Wh...
Thursday, June 15, 2006 01:51 pm

If you’re surprised to hear Nelly Furtado rapping, well, you’re not alone.

SINGLES ONLY: A chat is long overdue concerning Nelly Furtado’s feverish new single “Promiscuous.” Remember Nelly? She unleashed the ballad “I’m Like a Bir...
Thursday, June 8, 2006 01:35 pm

If Vetiver were a drug, it’d be hash, not acid

There’s a reason Vetiver gets lumped in with the freak-folk crowd, but it doesn’t have much to do with its music. Andy Cabic, the San Francisco-based collective’s only perm...
Thursday, June 8, 2006 10:11 am

Jurassic 5, Sonic Youth, Abstract Giants, Chief Xcel, and Gift of Gab

HIGH FIVES: Desk Vinyl Static is what the Dubya’s dad might call a “kinder, gentler music critic.” When the message floated in that Jurassic 5 was finally dropping the ...
Thursday, June 1, 2006 03:26 am

Feathers can crash at my pad whenever they like

What if the Manson Family had been less of a patriarchal death cult and more of a freeform collective? What if they’d shacked up in cool, reasonable Vermont instead of hotheaded C...
Thursday, June 1, 2006 09:40 pm

Mr. Lif declared war on the government long ago — before it became fashionable

JUNEBUG: Rip the month of May off your calendar quick — the painfully slow month for shows and new releases has finally been put to rest, and not fast enough. Can you say, “...

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