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Most know Alicia Witt from her acting career and rightfully so. The beautiful redhead, who was born in Worcester, Mass., made her film debut in 1984 with a part in David Lynch's "Dune." Since then, the down-to-earth Witt has gone on to a very successful film career, starring in such movies as ...
Buffalo Tom is one of those bands that many thought would be hugely popular, but they just couldn’t get over the hump. Despite having all the elements – great music, great songwriting and a college following the band never seem to reap the rewards they should have. They even had a hit song on a Pontiac car commercial and another hit song on the cult classic television series ...
Though The Feelies may not have sold millions in the nearly two decades they were together between the late 70’s through early 90’s, their original post punk sound laid the ground work for a legion of indie bands to follow. Everyone from R.E.M. to Sebadoh cite the New Jersey band, with their layered guitars, for helping shape their sound. After going on a long hiatus in 1992, the band played a handful of reunion shows in 2008 and 2009, before surprising many longtime fans with ...
Going to the Delta by the Way of Saturn with Jimi Hendrix by Troy Michael, Paying Tribute (Again) To the Legendary James Marshall Hendrix by Troy Michael, and Jimi Hendrix and his Band of Gypsys by Paul Barrel.
Richmond’s new favorite sons, The Riot Before, have had a phenomenally hectic past couple of years starting with the release of 2008’s Fists Buried in Pocket, being dragged across the globe to play before hundreds of thousands, with just enough time to put out a brilliant acoustic EP and finally the release of Rebellion, their latest full length and one of the best punk records of 2010. So, they’d be forgiven for wanting to ...
A woman is most likely ... to be murdered by a man who "loves her." - Ruth Gerson
The UK band The Sharks have yet to release a proper debut, and they have already snagged one of the opening spots on Social Distortion’s latest tour, as well as committed to play every date of this summer’s Warped Tour. Not bad for a band that has yet to play a single show in the U.S. before this year. Rise Records, fans of the bands earlier EPs, talked the band into ...

Once More With Feeling Minimize
It’s been 38 years since the now legendary Raw Power was released. Originally mixed by David Bowie, The Stooges third album was mostly ignored when it came out and that reaction or lack thereof, from the buying public helped force the band into obscurity and break up a few years later.
Bands like Journey and Styx may have hijacked the 70’s nostalgia movement, but it’s musicians like Leon Russell which prove that the decade was a lot more than tight jeans, poufy hair and neutered arena rock, dripping with saccharin.
This beloved power pop band from St. Louis was active from 1981-1986. They disbanded with only an 8-song cassette to carry their legacy. However, a recent grassroots effort has resulted in those eight songs and an additional 13 unreleased tracks being issued on CD for the first time.
Rory Gallagher should be a household name. The Irish guitarist had better control, attack and phrasing than Hendrix, Clapton or Page and a tone to put all of them to shame. He was a true master and one that is finally getting his due.
Roy Orbison didn’t have the good looks and swivel hips of Elvis Presley or the rebellious attitude of Johnny Cash, in fact, well Orbison was pretty boring as far as showmanship is concerned. What Orbison did have was pure talent, great vocal delivery and a peaceful grace about his demeanor.

Book Reviews Minimize
Ever since Lester Bangs OD-ed in 1982, there’s been a massive void in the role of “well-known rock music journalist”. Neil Strauss, thankfully, has finally come along to fill that role well. If there were any doubt after reading his legendary ...
When I think of rockabilly music Elvis Presley is not the first person to come to mind, actually I don’t know who comes to mind, but the king of rock ‘n’ roll does grace the cover of Michael Dregni’s new book "Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World: The Illustrated History." Rockabilly music was born in the early ...
T.J. English has written, quite possibly, the most compelling historical fictional of the year. The only catch is that it all really happened. With the story telling-style that could rival any bestseller fiction author currently battling it out on the sales charts right now, English uses a reporter’s eye to ...

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Barbara Ireland has certainly kept herself busy these past couple years, when you are a singer/songwriter, bass player and a filmmaker there isn’t much time for being unproductive. Along with putting together a live DVD of her band The ...
It’s a little disappointing that Sufjan Stevens is grabbing most of the press when you Google the documentary “Make” by Scott Ogden and Malcolm Hearn. Sure, he contributed music to the film and rumor has it, his album The Age of Adz was inspired by ...
Though technically not a documentary, "No One Knows About Persian Cats" might as well be. Using a cast of real Iranian underground musicians and filmed on the sly across the country, the director and actors clearly draw from their own experiences on how to get fake permits and passports to tour out of the country and how to ...
The moment you realize there’s a world beyond you parent’s backyard, outside off your hometown and your school’s playground is arguably the moment you take one of your first emotional steps toward adulthood. You eventually reside in that place between first loves and first mortgages. It’s a confusion-soaked space with lots of newly found ...

Table of Contents

Issue 56 / June 2011
Features: Alicia Witt, Buffalo Tom, The Feelies, Jimi Hendrix, The Riot Before, Ruth Gerson, The Sharks
Album Reviews: Anomie Belle, The Builder's and the Butcher's, Jaden Carlson, The Cars, The Feelies, Fleet Foxes, In Cahoots, The Jans Project, January, The Jigsaw Seen, Ladytron, Limousines, Low, Magnetic Man, Phil Manzanera, Duff McKagen's Loaded, Natural Child, Robbie Robertson, Sassy!!!, This Will Destroy You, The Trews, Kurt Vile, Winter's Fall, Yellowcard

Book Reviews: Everyone Loves You When You're Dead, Rockabilly: The Twang Heard 'Round the World: The Illustrated History, The Savage City
DVD Reviews: From Dreams to Delirium: The Films of Barbara Ireland, Make, No One Knows About Persian Cats, You Won't Miss Me
Rereleases: Iggy & The Stooges, Leon Russell, Painkillers, Rory Gallagher, Roy Orbison

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Anomie Belle is a musical mastermind, creating layered, ethereal music completely on her own. The beauty is in the layering of electronic and acoustic instruments, weaving an engrossing musical tapestry. How Can I Be Sure is a four-song EP by the Seattle-based multi-instrumentalist. Belle is in complete control of ...
If this Dead Reckoning were a game of darts, The Builder’s and the Butcher’s could easily walk away with a bulls-eye riddled victory.
The accepted age for a driver’s license is 16. To rent a car, one must 25 years of age. “American Idol” requires its contestants to be at least 15 years old.
Finally, it’s happened, a new album by The Cars. Move Like This is the band’s first album of original material since 1987’s Door to Door.
In the aptly titled Here Before, The Feelies first album since 1991’s Time for a Witness, the band revisits familiar territory; evoking all the best from The Velvet Underground, Lou Reed and other peers from the burgeoning East Coast indie scene.
The long-awaited second album from Seattle’s Fleet Foxes is here and it was well worth the wait. This album has been in the works since 2009.
First off let me say I love the name of this band (and their logo) partly because it is old timey and partly because my grandparents used to say “in cahoots” when I would get into some trouble.
Finally, “college rock radio” has awakened from its long sleep and given us The Jans Project, a “Midwestern rock project” featuring Ex-B Lovers/Turning Curious members Nick Rudd (vocals, guitar), Jeff Evans (drums) and Steve Scariano (bass).
January is a raw and powerful rock outfit from Seattle who formed rather quickly and put out there debut EP even quicker.
If the Mothers of Invention and Material Issue sat down for cocktails with Les Claypool and Trey Anastasio to create a blueprint for a band, the result would be frighteningly similar to art pop veterans The Jigsaw Seen.
Finding 17, well ok, 15, tracks to comprise Ladytron’s Best of 00-10 should not have been too much of an arduous task to say the least as, well, you probably could stick most any combination of tracks from the band’s lush body of work and still sell a good amount of copies.
Limousines are Giovanni Giusti and Eric Victorino, a two-piece indie electronic group from the San Francisco bay area much in the vein of Bloc Party, Crystal Castles, the Rapture, MGMT, and Shiny Toy Guns.
C’mon is the ninth full length album from the Duluth, Minn., trio known as Low. The band is somewhat of a critic’s favorite though they’ve not quite reached the commercial success they deserve.
Brainchild of the dub step producers and DJs Artwork, Benga and Skream (of the famed La Roux “In For The Kill,” remix), Magnetic Man is stunning, creative, and impressive.
Guitarist Phil Manzanera opened up his first solo album, 1975’s Diamond Head, with a mesh of his Roxy Music and Latin American roots.
For the casual fan, most know Duff McKagan as the bassist in Guns n’ Roses and Velvet Revolver, but the Seattle native has a long history in rock ‘n’ roll.
All hail the return of the stoner age and all its musical glory, right? Well, maybe not.
This album hit me like an old friend … and that’s what Robbie Robertson’s career has become essentially.
Three’s a crowd. Sassy!!! cuts the necessary roster down to the bare essentials. Trixie Delicious (Lynda Mandolyn) and Kitty Largewood (Christa DiBiase) have everything it takes to be a great band: frantic drumbeats, wild power chords, and a pair of vocals playing perfectly together.
On their second full length (after a couple of EPs) San Marco, Tex.-based instrumentalists This Will Destroy You deliver phenomenally well on the promise offered in 2008’s eponymous release.
If Counting Crows had blissfully wed Blues Traveller, only to later fall into an affair with Chris Cornell, then the inevitable love child would probably sound a bit something like The Trews.
Kurt Vile has always carried around an air of both mystery and aloofness. These aspects are classic attractors: both tend to draw droves of (mostly female) fans like a moth to the flame.
Each album a band releases is an opportunity to share their musical talent with the world. Every artist has their hits and misses; perfection can only be appreciated with a few duds along the way.
Few, if any, normal bands could survive what Yellowcard has survived - two years on the shelf, no label backing, and some roster shuffling – let alone emerge from the darkness unscathed.

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