Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 01:00 am

What does Logic have to do with Zen?

The title of DJ Logic’s new album is a stumper: What does logic, the science of abstract reasoning, have to do with Zen, a Buddhist philosophy that honors direct intuition through meditation? De...
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 12:57 am

Erase Errata slide in where riot grrrls leave off; A Tribe Called Quest in Chicago; Outkast "collaborates"

CD exchange Experimental electro-punk trio Erase Errata released their third album, Nightlife, on July 25, unleashing a collection of punk tracks that slide in where riot grrrls such as Bikini Kill le...
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006 11:16 am

Midlake goes for the quaint, agrarian, and the obtuse

Midlake is from Denton, Texas, the same smallish town that spawned Centro-matic, but you’d never guess it by listening to The Trials of Van Occupanther. With its soft and inviting beds of acoust...
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006 01:02 am

Yo La Tengo will kick your behind; Tabakin hits town on Saturday

SINGLES ONLY By no stretch of the imagination does Yo La Tengo look cool. The Hoboken, N.J., trio doesn’t subscribe to any hipster conventions — nary an ironic mustache or trucker cap to b...
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 09:22 am

The Ditty Bops play the Hilton on Sunday, and other shows of note

The Ditty Bops love to ride bikes. Instead of jamming into a cramped van for their 2006 summer tour, the jazzy duo decided to put shoe to pedal and log some miles on a couple of two-wheelers, and they...
Wednesday, July 26, 2006 12:58 am

Jazzman Liberty Ellman is no obnoxious hot dog

Ophiuchus Butterfly is guitarist/composer Liberty Ellman’s second full-length for Pi Recordings, which is fast becoming one of the most interesting labels on the independent jazz scene. (Though ...
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...

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