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Bringing Knives out

Metric's Emily Haines steps out alone with a solo disc
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Emily Haines is not known for keeping her thoughts to herself.
As part of Toronto's Metric, the notoriously outspoken singer-keyboardist incorporates her political beliefs into wildly infectious synth-rock songs. On 2003's Old World Underground, Where Are You Now? (Everloving) and last fall's Live It Out (Last Gang), Haines tackled such unlikely pop-song subject matters as war, Big Brother, and the emptiness of consumer culture with thrilling, often thought-provoking results. Read more »

Life's a Giant Drag

And it doesn't help if you write song titles like "You Fuck like My Dad"
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Has anyone ever chosen a more appropriate band name than Annie Hardy?

Speaking with the 24-year-old singer and guitarist of Los Angeles's Giant Drag, I find it impossible to imagine a moniker that better captures the depressing nature of both her band's narcotic grunge-pop songs and her own almost comically defeated outlook on life. She expresses so much bemused disappointment in conversation, in fact, that the name almost seems like an understatement.Read more »

Love is blond

Sweden's Sounds are dying to sink their pop hooks into the kids in America
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"I don't want to be compared to Blondie all the time, but I can absolutely see why people do it," the Sounds' Maja Ivarsson says.Read more »

Hater raid

For We Are Scientists, it's all about the love - or else
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On their hysterical Web site, We Are Scientists send out a warning to would-be critics.

"Journalists beware!" the New York trio declares. "An example has been made of a reporter who dared to impugn WAS!" It turns out that a certain writer, who had gone out of his way to trash the band, was recently busted for fabricating part of a story in the Village Voice. The lesson to be learned, according to WAS, is that criticizing them results in some serious karmic retribution. Read more »

Didja hear?

Get to know the Gossip
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"Our mission is to make you dance & if yr not gonna dance, just stay at home," the Gossip once posted on the K Records Web site. But even if the best introduction to the Portland, Ore., blues punks is through their notoriously sweat-inducing live shows, two left feet needn't deter anyone from checking out the trio. With three albums, two EPs, one live record, and a handful of singles, split releases, and compilation tracks to the band's name, there are plenty of ways for wallflowers to enjoy the Gossip in the privacy of their own homes. Read more »