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Bob Mould and punk that ages gracefully

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By Todd Lavoie

"Growing old, it's hard to be the angry young man/ Turn away. Turn and walk away" - so observes the discernibly less-vexed Bob Mould on his recently released District Line (Anti-), and the line is as good as any in summing up the mood shift we've seen in the guitar-wielding singer-songwriter in recent years.

With his latest, Mould still continues to stare down a demon or two, but he appears rather content to do so. Dare I say it? Read more »

SXSW: Indie pop genius Jens Lekman makes it up as he goes along

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Oh you're not so silent, Jens. Photo by Kimberly Chun.

If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, then Swedish indie pop maestro Jens Lekman must be feeling pretty swell: by his own estimation, he's accrued an army of faux MySpace and Facebook followers-poseurs since he took his own MySpace site down. Read more »

SXSW: Flatstock abounds with poster pulchritude

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Landland of Minneapolis, Minn.

South By Southwest ain't nothing but loud, loud music; industry speakers; white-bread-bedecked barbecue; protein bar giveaways; soused UT students; and lil' pools o' puke if it weren't for the American Poster Institute-sponsored Flatstock show, presented every year for the last five years alongside the music conference. Read more »

Dose of Darondo in the E-Bay

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Get an earful of what everyone at SXSW was yapping 'bout: longtime Oaklander Darondo performs, backed by Nino Moschella, at Shattuck Down Low tonight, March 21. Low-ridah soul - with vanity plates, sho - and R&B comes to town once more in the form of the Ubiquity artist who once opened for James Brown and hung with Fillmore Slim. Read more »

SXSW: Santogold is golden along with Sightings, the Ting Tings, Torche, and more

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It's all Santogold. All photos by Kimberly Chun.

South By - why, a week later, the wrap-up keeps coming. Here's what was on the plate Friday night, March 14 - in addition to the beef rib barbecue and banana pudding with Nilla wafers at Iron Works. Read more »

Talk about School of Language

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Field Music, surely the best group to come out of Sunderland, UK, is no more - sort of. One of the group's central songwriter's David Brewis, 27, said as much while tooling around the country with his new project, School of Language. No fear, students of rock, the musical complexities of SOL's new Thrill Jockey album, Sea from Shore, will impress those already missing Field Music. Read more »

Loving Flying Lotus

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Winnetka? Why-not-ka? Apologies to lovely Del Tha's underground East Bay, but if there's gotta be a new epicenter of nouveau-Cali alternative hip-hop (cue the searing lazer bass and sympho-poetic glitches) then you could do no better than the Outer-LA hometown of mixmaster amazo Flying Lotus, who's currently stealing hearts and heartbeats on his WARP Records tour. Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: Immaculate White Shoes, shining Headlights

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Baby wants to wear their White Shoes.

Too tuckered out by South By Southwest? Hey, I saw you at the Boredoms the other night! Read more »

Clubs: Chrome gets our headbanging rocks off

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Polish me off, Chrome. All photos by Joshua Rotter.

By Joshua Rotter

Chrome makes me think of those metallic-plated bicycles that kids ride around on. It also reminds me of the same-name rock band that formed in San Francisco in the late '70s. Promoter Bill Picture (Trans Am) managed to meld both elements together at monthly rock night Chrome at the Gangway. Read more »

Alice Russell has our ears ringing

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By Todd Lavoie

My ears might still be ringing, but it's totally worth it, I tell you: checked out English quadruple-lunged soul powerhouse Alice Russell's white-hot-and-beyond groove-a-thon last night, March 11, at Mojito, and it was the best decision I've made all month.

Girl could sing the ass clean off everybody in that room, honestly, and so that's exactly what she did - two explosive 45-minute sets and an encore later, she'd leveled that place. Read more »