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Friday, May 4, 2012

Aziz Ansari, Field Report and Milwaukee Underground Film Festival

Los Angeles promoter David Bash founded his International Pop Overthrow Festival in 1998 to showcase bands performing in the loosely defined power-pop tradition—pretty much any group playing melodic, guitar-based rock qualifies—and has since...
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sam Llanas reflects on life after The BoDeans

An affinity for night is a large part of both the public and private persona of musician Sam Llanas...
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
“I wanted to put a name on the forward thrust of what we're doing,” Paul Cebar says of his decision to change band names a few years ago. Except for the group he once shared with John Sieger, the R&B Cadets, he had performed under the handle of Paul Cebar...
Thursday, April 5, 2012

Youth Lagoon, Opening Day and Lucero

It's funny how a little bit of talent is all it takes to make even some of the most exhausted sounds feel new again. Released last year through Fat Possum Records, songwriter Trevor Powers' debut album as Youth Lagoon, The Year of Hibernation...
Monday, March 26, 2012

March 25, 2012

Despite a nightmarish, toxic relationship with his band mates and his label, Warner Bros., Mike Doughty reached a lot of people as the main songwriter and creative center of the '90s alt-rock outfit Soul Coughing, scoring a couple of minor hits ...
Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011

Tonight @ Shank Hall, 8 p.m.

From their humble beginnings as a house band in Chicago, the progressive-bluegrass ensemble Cornmeal grew an audience that allowed them...
Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2010
By 2000, John Forté was in a rut. Just a few years before, he’d been considered one of rap’s top talents, a triple-threat songwriter/producer/rapper who proved himself with his work on The Fugees’ groundbreaking 1996 album The Score. But Forté fell on tough times financially after his own 1998 solo record flopped and his label dropped him. For extra income he began working for...

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