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The xx at Bowery Ballroom, NYC, 11.11.09

Despite only having one album, London’s The xx utterly captivated a sold-out Bowery (moved from Mercury Lounge) with their dark and fragile sound that reverbed throughout the dimly lit venue (so dim that frontwoman Romy Madley Croft had trouble locating her chords and asked to turn the mood lighting up a notch!)

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Tegan and Sara: Hurts So Good

As far as kiss-offs go, Tegan and Sara’s Sainthood is a whopper. Not so much 13 tunes of “How you like me now?” but rather 36 minutes of emotionally resonant, hard-won truths and “light bulbs.”

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Tokio Hotel: Human Connect to Human

Before I even locate the well-appointed midtown Manhattan hotel that Tokio Hotel is staying in, I hear the unmistakable sounds of giddy teenage girls. This is a common sight and sound wherever the handsome, young men of Tokio Hotel might be, anywhere around the globe.

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Gary Lightbody is Always ‘Up’ to Something

Gary Lightbody, eternally on tour, has just woken up somewhere in Middle America. I know this because he tells me so, and because the words aren’t coming as easily as the garrulous singer would like, given the earlier hour he’s been asked to rise to discuss Snow Patrol’s first greatest-hits compilation, Up to Now, and new single “Just Say Yes.”

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The High Life on the Highline with Basement Jaxx

There is nothing like a crisp autumn day chatting with one-half of the dynamic duo that is South London’s Basement Jaxx (Felix Buxton and Simon Ratcliffe). Buxton was in high spirits despite a packed day of press and a schedule that would take the boys to Chicago to deejay a rave…

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Echo & the Bunnymen: Stirring ‘The Fountain’

One of the standout tracks on Echo & the Bunnymen’s excellent new record, The Fountain, finds Ian “Mac the Mouth” McCulloch enjoying a rather tongue-in-cheek conversation with Jesus Christ. That Mac would place himself in this situation on “Shroud of Turin” is no surprise, given the singer’s infamous ego, wit and penchant for snark.

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Har Mar Superstar: Don’t Believe That Tweet

It took me about a day to realize that Har Mar Superstar was not indeed finger banged by NME writer Alex Hoban. Tours and all of the energy that surround them can provide enough muck for a library of Marquis De Sade novels, so his tweets were quite believable and I was worried.

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Dragonette is Poised to Thrill

Canada’s Dragonette seem about ready to explode since the recent release of their second album, Fixin To Thrill. The follow up to 2007’s electro-pop debut, Galore, the new record, while still very danceable, shows more new wave influences. Witty and charming, lead singer Martina Sorbara has all the makings of a pop icon…

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Via Tania: Moon Songs and Happenstance

The glamorous, yet humble Via Tania, aka Tania Bowers, wasn’t so sure she wanted to be a front woman until someone suggested she take on the role of singer when she was still a teenager performing music with her sister in Australia, where they grew up. In those days, she wasn’t yet eighteen…

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The Mary Onettes: Sink or Swim

It’s only been Gothenburg, Sweden’s The Mary Onettes’ second tour of the U.S., and already fans are singing along to their songs in the farthest reaches of Brooklyn, at places like Union Hall. “I could feel the connection and it made it seem very intimate,” says frontman and main songwriter Philip Ekström.

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