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Thursday, June 29, 2006 12:00 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 12:00 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 15, 2006 12:00 am

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 12:00 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 12:00 am

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, “
Wednesday, May 24, 2006 12:00 am

Celebrating those experimental Canadians, plus Basic Vocab

O CANADA! Let me reintroduce you to a little country I like to call Canada, the place where draft dodgers used to go and where everybody gets to see a doctor. But there’s so
Thursday, May 18, 2006 12:00 am

Shipwreck hits town; Roots’ new release; shades of the Fugees

SHOWS A-GO-GO! Champaign-Urbana band Shipwreck ventures our way for a show at the Underground City Tavern on Saturday, May 20. If anyone can bring the rock, it’s Shipwreck. This y
Thursday, May 11, 2006 12:00 am

The Smoking Popes, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Black Angels

SHOWS-A-GO-GO! Is a party ever really over? The Smoking Popes certainly thought so when they recorded their final guitar-fueled romp, Party’s Over, in 1998, much to the disappointment
Thursday, May 4, 2006 12:00 am

Neil Young for president – and Chicago jams this summer

CD exchange: Neil Young for president. What’s that, you say? Neil Young is Canadian! So Neil Young couldn’t be the leader of our fair democracy, but at least, we can muse, “
Thursday, April 27, 2006 12:00 am

Ice-T, the end of Grandaddy, Cee-Lo and Danger Mouse, and hip-hoppers on manhood

Shows-a-Go-Go! Before Law and Order: SVU slapped a badge on Ice-T’s chest, the rapper had Tipper Gore hyperventilating. An original of gang-sta rap and former member of heavy-metal outfit B


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