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Thursday, Sept. 7, 2006 12:00 am

Cashing in on the current craze for all things piratical

People love pirates. They prove it by stampeding to see the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, by chomping down on their R’s (arrrrrghs!) on Talk Like a Pirate Day. Piratemania is so widespread, i
Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2006 12:00 am

Phoenix FoundationÂ’s latest definitely worth the wait

New Zealand, a country that’s delivered more than its share of great guitar pop in the last 20-odd years — the Chills, the Clean, the Verlaines, the Bats, Split Enz, and Crowded House, to
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006 12:00 am

What Get Lonely lacks in drama, it makes up for in quiet artistry

Last year the Mountain Goats released The Sunset Tree, an aural exorcism inspired by the abusive childhood of the band’s frontman and only permanent member, John Darnielle. Like its predecessor,
Thursday, Aug. 17, 2006 12:00 am

The Archie Bronson OutfitÂ’s second full-length most definitely rocks

Is it dirty art rock or arty dirt rock? Rock music you can dance to or dance music you can rock to? Whatever you want to call Derdang Derdang, the Archie Bronson Outfit’s second full-length, the
Thursday, Aug. 10, 2006 12:00 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
Wednesday, Aug. 2, 2006 12:00 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, July 26, 2006 12:00 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 12:00 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 12, 2006 12:00 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
Thursday, July 6, 2006 12:00 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


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