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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 that’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 & Bird’s children’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 Downtown’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...

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