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Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

Tonight @ the Stonefly Brewery - 9 p.m.

In a city where accordions are used almost exclusively for celebratory purposes, singer-songwriter Margaret Stutt has the audacity to use them to make sad music. With her latest project, Pezzettino, she alternates between piano and an accordion, sighing restless, lovelorn songs, touching on Tori Amos’ stark . . .
Thursday, Sept. 11, 2008

Tonight @ the Rave - 7 p.m.

Illinois’ Backyard Tire Fire sing “I want to be Tom Petty, I want to be a star,” as the opening salvo to their latest record, Vagabonds and Hooligans, but judging from their agreeably little record, they’d settle for just being a well-liked bar band. With a persistent, rootsy twang, the band evokes shades of The Replacements . . .
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008
Back in the late 1970s punk rock and prog rock seemed as opposite as the architecture of the Bauhaus and the Baroque. For punks, progressive was code for pretentious bombast; for progheads, punks were no-talent poseurs.
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Sept. 4, 2008

Nas has long been the most stoic and dead serious of all the major emcees. Especially since he returned to critical favor after his brief but image-killing flirtation with floss in the late '90s, he's been careful to avoid any hint of vice or banality. Of his four most recent albums, two explore his ever-consuming Jesus complex, one eulogizes the genre he loves, and the latest somberly charts the remnants of slavery. He carries the weight of the world-and the cross-on his self-beleaguered shoulders. While his one-time rival Jay-Z indulges . . .
Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2008

Tonight @ the Mirimar Theatre - 9 p.m.

Historically, jam bands’ attempts at rap have been, well, awful. Just bloody awful—like, rapping old lady from The Wedding Singer awful. Even if these bands genuinely love hip-hop—and, to be sure, there are plenty that would rather send the genre up as a goofy novelty rather than pay tribute to it—they usually lack . . .
Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

Coinciding with alternative-rock’s increased interest in grand, studio-crafted albums, Spiritualized released its magnum opus in 1997, the space-rock symphony Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space, an album that replaced the dramatic drones of Jason Pierce’s past work with Spacemen 3 with elaborate, orchestral . . .
Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

Tonight @ The Y-Not III - 10 p.m.

The Seattle folk-rock duo The Dutchess and The Duke scored some impressive reviews for their debut album, She’s The Dutchess, He’s The Duke, a sugary but ominously psychedelic collection of songs that’s part ’60s Rolling Stones, part Peter, Paul and Mary (without, perhaps, the Paul). Rising stars in the blogosphere . . .
Sunday, Sept. 7, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

Though he’s never been a contestant, Graham Colton is inextricably linked with “American Idol.” The heartland rocker—who has often been compared to a young Tom Petty—has toured with (and also dated) inaugural Idol Kelly Clarkson, and this year his 2007 single “Better Days” became the exit music for the latest . . .
Saturday, Sept. 6, 2008

Tonight @ the Pabst Theater - 8 p.m.

Whirlwind mandolinist Chris Thile spent more than 15 years playing with his roots-pop trio Nickel Creek, but in recent years he spent more and more time working on his many outside projects, and by the time the band called it quits last year, it was clear his star had outgrown Nickel Creek. He’s since dedicated . . .
Friday, Sept. 5, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 8 p.m.

There are blues punk bands that only salt their music with the blues, and then there are the bands that bathe their albums in the blues. The Black Keys are the latter. For a band that's often compared to The White Stripes, the difference is, well, black and white. The Black Keys, like ZZ Top, are a blues band playing . . .

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