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Tamar Kaprelian: The Promise of a New Day

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The lovely brunette at the piano has a way about her as she sets fire to a plaintive and soulful take on OneRepublic’s massive hit ballad, “Apologize.” The now contest-winning clip would be seen around the world, Tay Zonday-style. The lovely brunette with near perfect pitch is now signed to Interscope…

8 Nov 2010 | 3 comments | More

Backing the Tide with the Moondoggies

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Kevin Murphy isn’t afraid to go to the darker places, even if that entails going off the grid and taking refuge in a remote fishing village in Alaska. In fact, he prefers it. There, among the hard-working people of Ketchikan, the din of salmon and halibut boats in the distance…

25 Oct 2010 | 2 comments | More

Live from Riot Fest 2010: Greg Attonito of the Bouncing Souls

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One of the highlights of Riot Fest 2010 and a guaranteed must-see act were New Jersey’s own Bouncing Souls. For many fans the world over, they are inarguably among the masters of anthemic, sing-along punk rock. The Bouncing Souls have played Riot Fest before and have long-standing ties to the Chicago music scene.

14 Oct 2010 | 3 comments | More

Live from Riot Fest 2010: Brendan Kelly of the Lawrence Arms

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This past weekend’s heavily anticipated performance was not the first go ‘round at Riot Fest for Chicago punk-scene staples the Lawrence Arms. The trio have played Riot Fest before but never in the position they are in 2010. The 10-year veterans with five albums to their credit…

14 Oct 2010 | More

Clinic’s Nostalgic Sixth Sense

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Highly adaptable, the always sinister and slyly joyful Liverpool quartet have progressed into their next state of being Clinic with their sixth studio album. Bubblegum, a journey into the band’s softer pop side, may not be what fans would at first expect, but it isn’t a grand transmogrification or a simple tossing of one style for another.

5 Oct 2010 | 1 comment | More

Gary Lightbody Finds Creative Rebirth with an Elegant Tired Pony

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Gary Lightbody has a host of pressing issues that keep him up at night, and one of them affects his millions of fans more than the others: his tireless work ethic. The rest of the issues are layers of bollocks on chart-topping bollocks of heartache and regret generally reserved for his day job’s output.

28 Sep 2010 | 3 comments | More

Jimmy Eat World: Building a Mystery

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When Jimmy Eat World released their highly influential album Clarity in 1999, the prolific Arizona quartet couldn’t have guessed that their patented blend of “guitar-based melodic rock” would have struck such a mighty chord with listeners enough to usher in, or inspire, the emo trend that rocked the nation in the early 2000s…

21 Sep 2010 | 3 comments | More

Autolux: Never Force a Fire

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You wouldn’t think a conversation with one-third of the artistic, provocative and elusive Autolux would drift to an idea partly gleaned from a television series, but in this case, it makes sense. While talking about the band’s latest album, guitarist/vocalist Greg Edwards recalls something said by Mad Men’s Don Draper…

3 Aug 2010 | More

Taylor Momsen: Hot, Young and Pretty Reckless

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Taylor Momsen has long blonde hair, stripper shoes with dollar bills in the heels and a low bullshit tolerance. If you read gossip blogs, you already know that much is true. What you might not know, unfortunately, is that the girl can wail.

14 Jul 2010 | 9 comments | More

Finding the Perfect Daze with Veil Veil Vanish

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When I was much younger, I often used the word “transportive” to describe songs that had a certain effect on me. Those little gems that evoked a certain mood or allowed me to get lost in the music and transcend reality, even if it was just for three short minutes.

9 Jul 2010 | 1 comment | More