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Killer Mike signs with local hip-hop label SMC

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Local rap imprint SMC is going strong, picking up all kinds of action in Atlanta: they recently signed Killer Mike. A new album is expected in February or March. Pretty big fish for SMC to land, for sure - and rumor has it the OutKast-afilliated rapper has broken his ties with that camp in addition to Sony. Southern hip-hop group Trillville also recently got together with SMC, so look for more noise in general from the label soon.

Sonic Reducer Overage: yuletide sensory overload starts now...

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A cuppa Cafe Tacuba.

It's the most insane time of the year - but why not stop and, er, smell the big sweaty rock bands coming through town. I kid because I love the way the next week looks: so busy and full of intriguing sounds. Read more »

Rocka rolla 4-eva

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The man needs no introduction, really.

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He’s Rob Halford, and he’s coming to town tomorrow for an in-store at Rasputin Music downtown and a screening of a new film about his first post-Judas Priest band, Fight. I have a few rules to live by, and one of them is: if you get the chance to interview a god – much less the Metal God – you absolutely take it. Our phone conversation follows.

A fool for Foals

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Cute, cute, cute UK indie dance -- they call it "Oxford step" -- band Foals has captured my heart and ears the last few weeks with their giddy, insectoid, high-fret guitar hooks, their way-too-catchy angst, and their Frisco Disco-ready looks. Read more »

Fall for the Soulsavers

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By Todd Lavoie

It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land
- a dead-on appropriate proclamation, indeed, for Britain's pre-eminent emissaries of unsettled downtempo electro-soul and whiskey-and-gin street corner spirituality, Read more »

Loving Blanche

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By Todd Lavoie

Yeehaw for more twang-age! At last! Detroit's delightfully skewed goth-country crackerjacks Blanche have finally seen album number two receive an American release, nearly a year after its European release, nearly a year after their former label V2 shut its doors suddenly and left its roster in the lurch. Happy endings have never been synonymous with these folks - murder ballads, yes, and odes to wronged love, certainly, but good news? Hardly! Read more »

Punk Rock Karaoke

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By Justin Juul

If the horrible song-selections and corny atmospheres found at most karaoke bars have always stopped you from jumping on stage, you might want to check out Punk Rock Karaoke. It sounds like a simple twist on a tired activity, but Punk Rock Karaoke isn’t an event; it’s the name of a band. PRK’s all-star line-up includes members of NOFX, Bad Religion, Social Distortion, and Agent Orange, which would be a decent lineup if any of these particular dudes could sing. This is where you come in. Read more »

Sonic Reducer Overage: Less turkey, more digestible sounds

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D'yer Rademacher?

Yes, we never have enough black-and-white-and-read-all-over print matter to fill with all the music we wanna catch. So welcome to Sonic Reducer Overage - the stuff deemed extremely fit to print, but alas, I failed to cram in the allotted space. Read more »

The Misfits: The Musical!!

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Scoff if you must. Call the new Misfits a cover band, or aging has-beens. And feel free to call me a poseur for even wanting to see them live. But I went to the Misfits show at DNA a couple weeks ago and I liked it.

So what if Danzig wasn’t there? So what if the sound was so bad that you wouldn’t have been able to tell if he were? Read more »

Caetano Veloso stirs up Nob Hill

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O Caetano. Photo by Fernanda Negrini.

By Benedict Sinclair

Despite his age, Caetano Veloso refuses to slow down. Showcasing his latest album, (Nonesuch), on Nov. 17 at the Masonic Center, Veloso clattered around on stage - dancing between verses, jogging in place, invigorating each section of the audience with jumping and waving. Read more »