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What's a singer/songwriter got to do with me?

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Is singer/songwriter a genre of music? Is it merely a description? Is it shorthand for “folkie with guitar” or “soloist who’s still looking for a drummer”? Does calling someone a singer/songwriter really tell you anything at all?

This question came up last night, when some friends and I went to Amnesia to see New York-based artist Ana Egge (who sings, yes, and writes songs, yes) and special guest AJ Roach. At the door, we overheard someone ask the bouncer what was going on inside. Read more »

Ahoy, my latest lupine indie: Sea Wolf

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Come sea about me: Sea Wolf in performance elsewhere. Photo by Alex Brown Church

By Chris Lotto

Sea Wolf is Alex Brown Church, the band's frontperson and only standing member. The rest of his pack are drawn on a rotating basis from a conglomerate of LA musicians known as the Ship Collective. It's unclear whether this tour will produce a more permanent membership. On Wednesday, Oct. Read more »

Going down...In Flames

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By Ben Richardson

In 1994, as most of the musical world mourned the death of Kurt Cobain, a humble band from Gothenburg, Sweden, released an album called Lunar Strain, which would go on to help situate the sleepy Scandinavian university town at the center of a swirling metal maelstrom. The band was In Flames, and their incendiary interpretation of the nascent death metal genre would go on to spawn a legion of imitators on both sides of the Atlantic. Read more »

I heart the Heartless Bastards...

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and they heart me too, cause they're playing this weekend's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival!

Our coverage of the festival here.

Heartless Bastards here:Read more »

Gayest. Videos. Ever. (Pt. 2)

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We've been compiling a little archive of local movers and shakers' favorite super-gay videos, either in context, influence, or just plain awesome swishiness. (Check out Part 1 here.) It's an webxperiment! Many of the participants appeared in our Gayest. Music. Ever. cover story from last week. Read more »

Noodle on, Earthless

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Earthless - who dat? The San Diego-dwelling Tee Pee artists play lengthy instrumentals, part free form, part planned - it's improv rock 'n' roll for those hankering for more of the acid-rockin' goodness that Blue Cheer, Hawkwind, Cream, Zep, Acid Mothers Temple, and so many other heads have explored, emerging with wild red-veined eyes. Read more »

Just who is Patrick Watson, that Polaris prize-packing son of a gun?

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By Todd Lavoie

Looks like Patrick Watson's ridin' the champagne wave. The California-born Montrealer was just awarded Canada's esteemed Polaris Music Prize for Best Canadian Album of 2007, beating out stiff competition from nominees Feist, the Arcade Fire, and the Besnard Lakes, among others. (What, no Rush? Avril Lavigne? Read more »

New Radiohead LP - dance, Rick Astley, dance!

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Love that wiggly Rick Astley video that the faux new-Radiohead-album site redirected to last week! You've been "Rick Roll"-ed, indeed.

In any case, Radiohead's HQ/publicists announced today that the label-less group's new album, In Rainbows, is forthcoming digitally on Oct. 10 (a special double-vinyl/CD "Discbox" of extra songs, special art and photos, etc. is expected to ship on or before Dec. Read more »

Gayest. Videos. Ever. (Pt. I)

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Really? The Gayest? You be the judge – and there plenty more where these came from, believe me …. Below are some tunes mentioned in, or chosen by people mentioned in, our cover story this week. Rock on! Read more »

Magic time: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band return

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Brooooce. Photo by Mark Seliger.

By Todd Lavoie

They're back! Well, almost. This coming Tuesday, Oct. 2, to keep things official and all. That's when the Magic happens.

Proving that patience really does pay off from time to time, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band are about to reward us rather handsomely for riding out their extended hiatus. Read more »