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Monday, April 7, 2008

Secrets of the New Explorers (Independent)

The six sparse and spacey songs on Secrets of the New Explorers by Glen Phillips (the former frontman for ’90s alternative-popsters Toad the Wet Sprocket) could land this sonic astronaut some new fans. With low-fi guitars, minimal percussion and dreamy vocals, Phillips explores space travel and the mysteries of the solar system. The strongest cut here, “Solar Flare,” even invokes
Friday, April 4, 2008

Tonight @ the Cactus Club - 10:00 PM

Anticon Records is known almost exclusively for a certain sound—electronica-influenced, abstract hip-hop, often with an avant-garde edge—but one act on the label’s roster smashes this mold. Although they siphon certain aesthetics from hip-hop, Why? sticks mostly to tumultuous indie-pop and spry, Animal Collective . . .
Wednesday, April 2, 2008

March 29, 2008

Like Jonathan Richman, Jens Lekman is a doeeyed and baritonevoiced songwriter who travels the world singing simple, unaffected songs about universal experiences. And like Richman, he writes some of the purest, most genuine music ever recorded. But where Richman relies on just a primitive guitardrum setup to share his vision in concert, Lekman aims for something grander. For his latest tour, he’s recruited a quintet of musicians, including a violinist and cellist, whose swooning strings caress his more intimate songs and aggrandize his zippier, poppier ones. With a little assistance from a laptop, Lekman’s arrangements can conjure anything from classic soul to disco to calypso. Jonathan Richman’s music only sounds this fully realized in Jonathan Richman’s head.
Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2008

Sia

Tonight @ Turner Hall Ballroom - 8:00 PM

Beneath her deceptively small frame and her little-girl haircut, singer Sia boasts a surprisingly powerful set of pipes, the kind that light torch songs. She built up her resume through her chilled-out work with Massive Attack and, most prominently, Zero 7, but her strong new solo release, Some People Have Real Problems, trades . . .
Friday, Feb. 1, 2008

Tonight @ Art Bar - 8:00 PM

Like another Minneapolis group, Motion City Soundtrack, rockers Love in October enliven their emo-pop songs with liberal hits of Moog synthesizer. With a timely sound, a new album helmed by Senses Fail/Get Up Kids producer Ed Rose, and increased attention from modern-rock tastemakers Spin and CMJ . . .
01.31.2008 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Evan Rytlewski
Although their days of being guaranteed hitmakers may be behind them, the Neptunes production team has had a surprisingly long run. A decade after their beats cracked the charts, they continue to work with just about every big-name rapper and pop star in the industry. By comparison, N.E.R.D., the funk-rock band spearheaded by the Neptunes, was a flash in the pan. The group cut one o...
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2008

Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall (Geffen)

“Rufus Does Judy”: You’ve gotta love Wainwright’s cheekiness. This two-disc set is filled with it, ranging from childhood remembrances of dressing up as Dorothy and the Wicked Witch (recounting his father’s bewildered utterances of “Dear God”) to his mother saying she feels “like Celine Dion” when she’s brought . . .
Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2008

Art Preview

David Barnett, who opened one of the city’s longest-running art galleries in 1966, starts 2008 with the exhibition “American Pop Art.”
Friday, Dec. 21, 2007

Milwaukeean plays L.A.'s Whiskey A Go Go

Scott Berendt has made lots of friends while kicking around in bands since the '80s. He didn't realize until recently how many of them were from MySpace. When he did, the singer-songwriter-drummer decided to put his cyber connections to work.

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