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Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008

Here Come the 123s (Disney Sound)

They Might Be Giants have always been the smartest alternative to the gathering cliches of alternative rock. They are the tiny duo willing to go places where rock has never ventured. TMBG began their journey in the early 1980s by composing tight little songs to fit the format of a telephone answering machine. Since then they have written numbers about their own made-up superheroes, obscure American presidents and the conundrum of trying to grasp the moment when the moment keeps slipping away.
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008

Mehr (Faryaad)

Not unlike Marjane Satrapi from the graphic novel and film Persepolis, Iranian guitarist Pouya Mahmoodi was a child when the Shah was overthrown. He grew up in a house filled with Western rock, but in Parisian exile became homesick for the sound of his lost homeland . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008

Double Think

The dirty guitar tones of Milwaukee foursome Elusive Parallelograms provide the glue that holds together the group’s very promising first EP. From psychedelia to neo-new wave disco, they connect the dots surrounding punk for an audio snapshot of . . .
Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2008

Moment of Forever (Lost Highway)

Amiability forms part of Willie Nelson’s legend, but it hasn’t always served him well artistically. His willingness to work with just about anybody has resulted in a few of his finest moments (for example, 19)98’s Teatro, produced by Daniel Lanois and featuring Emmylou Harris), but it has also led to many . . .
01.28.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Xiu Xiu - "Women as Lovers" Xiu Xiu's demented post-punk/synth-pop overtures should feel like a tired shtick by this point, but the group keeps finding new ways to keep their tortured sound fresh. This time out, Jamie Stewart has peppered his songs with syphilitic horns and some of his most tuneful arrangements to date�although that might not be saying much. "Under Pressure" is a fa...
01.18.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
A lot�s changed in the eight years since Chan Marshall released The Covers Record. Most obviously, Marshall�s stock has risen considerably. Her face no longer graces just the pages of small, indie zines but also the covers of major entertainment publications. Meanwhile, Marshall has cleaned up her literal and proverbial act. Her current live shows bear little resemblance to the clusterfu...