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Troy Michael
“We were all very excited to get back to Our Lady Peace," said Raine Maida. "The main thing about the writing process this time was to not be precious with the ideas. If anything felt forced, we abandoned it immediately.”
Troy Michael
Jenny Owen Youngs is back in a big way with Transmitter Failure, and we had the chance to sit down with this cute, quirky musician to see what stories she had to tell.
John B. Moore
The Great White Way might not be calling, but every punk rock band worth a damn has certainly reached out to the guys in Broadway Calls.
Troy Michael
We had a chance to sit down with Danielson to talk about his forthcoming book, his writing style and living in Paris, France.
Troy Michael
If rock ‘n’ roll kept a statistics sheet, like in baseball, the numbers for Traindodge would be impressive: 14 years as a band, five full-length albums, four EPs and several compilation credits to date.
Troy Michael
Now their powerful and extensive catalog gives the Jayhawks their just due.
John B. Moore
Although it sounds a bit counterintuitive, the guys from progressive indie rock outfit Shark Speed closed up shop in Vegas and put down stakes in Provo, Utah, as home base for their band.

Book Reviews Minimize
"Grunge is Dead" is a genius concept that is flawlessly executed by editor Greg Prato. It is the oral history of Seattle grunge music, from the lips of the musicians involved.
And you thought the drugs were a problem? The success the guys in Aerosmith had in the late '70s and again in the early/mid '90s is matched only by their mythic reputation for shoving up mountains of blow in the '70s and '80s.
Richie Unterberger points out the significance of events, and doesn’t just list them, making the book an insightful look into the story of the Velvet Underground.

DVD Reviews Minimize
Talk about gateway drugs. What started out as a little pot dealing on the side to make ends meet has snowballed into gun smuggling and bringing illegal immigrants though a tunnel connecting the U.S. to Mexico.
Not sure if it was the polarizing nature of the last election cycle or just a change-up of snacks in the writer’s room, but season seven of “Family Guy” ended up being one of the strongest since the show was revived in 2002.
A show like “Eastbound & Down” is a perfect fit for HBO, where Danny McBride and the other creators are able to go over-the-top with the crude, hilarious humor.
"Motor City Mayhem" is classic Ted Nugent. It’s the same balls-out mentality, just minus the loin cloth, even though it would probably frighten and shock people now more than ever.
From the opening moments of her Live in Rio DVD, singer Diana Krall makes her feelings abundantly clear: “I love the East, I love the West/North and South, they’re both the best/But I only want to go there as a guest/Cause I love being here with you.”

Album Reviews Minimize
Colonia is the second album of Cardigans singer Nina Persson, whose first album from 2001 won four Swedish Grammys for its warm, country-tinged set of songs.
I’m not sure I can handle yet another clone of The Fray, recent Matt Nathanson, or Vertical Horizon.
This band is everything everybody thought the Flaming Lips should have been to me. It's timeless, sickly beautiful like a glistening pupae morphing into a butterfly, and purely obscure.
With influences that are as varied as The Clash, The Beach Boys, Talking Heads and The Kinks, Origins manages to incorporate a myriad of influences while still sounding starkly original.
The Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, United Kingdom group prove on their second release that the best screamo/post-hardcore bands might not reside in the United States.
Here we have two bands who seemed to have reached the same relative moment in their careers. ... Neither of these bands needed to make records this great at this point in their music lives, but it is obvious that they had to make these fine albums.
Man of Aran is a new soundtrack to the 1934 film by the same name. Coming upon the semi-documentary by Robert Flahery, British Sea Power decided to rewrite the score.
An homage of sorts, Discovery takes the mash-up concept and combines a bit of retro influence.
If you thought Emery was good before, they have only gotten better with …In Shallow Seas We Sail, by far their biggest release to date.
Eyes Set to Kill hit pay dirt with 2008’s critically acclaimed debut, Reach, and now, just a mere 16 months later, their sophomore disc, The World Outside, finds the band even better.
If you like the idea of Stuart Murdoch (of Belle and Sebastian) writing a rock operetta for a band of three female vocalists – in an effort to replicate the sound of 1950s girl groups – with lush orchestration provided by members of Belle and Sebastian, then this is for you.
Ballad on Third Avenue is a collection of great songs that are clearly off or under the radar screen of modern music.
When I say that the new album by a band called the Hermit Thrushes sounds like the Magic Band without Captain Beefheart, I am not making that comparison casually.
It’s Only Natural is an odd departure for a band that was so close to attaining the power pop brass ring with previous releases.
The second full-length release from Australian indie rock outfit Howling Bells provides a downhearted almost gothic quality that carries the record from start to finish.
I wasn’t nearly as impressed with Conor Oberst's work on Outer South, his and the Mystic Valley Band’s most recent release, as I expected to be.
For all the uniqueness of this self-described "blend of hippy aesthetics and raver electronics," the Ozric Tentacles remain an enjoyable band for chilling out in an inspiring, energizing way.
Though initially excited by what I heard, ultimately this album did not hold up as anything more than a very promising experiment.
Shark Speed are a promising band who know how to put together a pop song, but they just feel like they’re missing that extra spark to differentiate themselves from other pop-rock groups.
The Silent Years delivers unpretentious indie pop in the vein of What Made Milwaukee Famous and Vampire Weekend (without the goofy prep school kid attitude).
Piano, guitar and male/female vocals are pretty much it, but Ryan Hamilton and Jencey Hirunrusme's voices more than make up for the missing rhythm section.
Stardeath and White Dwarfs are lucky to be associated with The Flaming Lips, but they are not trying to ride their coattails and be a Flaming Lips Jr.
Turner may have a quieter sound now, but his words are still as confrontational as the punk rock he started out with.
It’s only natural to compare Gina Villalobos to Kathleen Edwards or Lucinda Williams, but Days on Their Side clearly shows she is one in her own and will be topping the proverbial “Best Of” lists for this one.
I’m a music journalist who has been hiding a secret: I never received the “Wilco is God” memo.

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