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Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2008

Dead Confederate rebuffs Southern-rock conventions

Though his band's name seems pretty self-explanatory to him, Dead Confederate bassist Brantley Senn is amazed at how often it's misinterpreted.   "We're supposed to play this show sponsored by a cigarette company that rhymes with 'mammal,' and they refused to even put our name on the tickets," Senn says with a sigh. "They had a writer that refused to even write about us, because he said the name was racist. How dumb is that? We're Dead Confederate. It's not like we're Alive and Well and Retired in Florida Confederate."
Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008

Tonight @ the Turner Hall Ballroom - 7:30 p.m.

A contemporary of Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell cut his teeth playing in Emmylou Harris’ Hot Band before literally marrying into country royalty, wedding Rosanne Cash and producing her albums until their 1992 divorce. He’s had an on-again/off-again solo career, too, most memorably recording the great 1988 album Diamonds and Dirt, a mean...
Thursday, Sept. 25, 2008

Rap stardom, club culture and alternative rock

   Our conversation is painful, marked by enough long pauses to fill an entire season of "The Office." Pharrell Williams, the singer and public face of N.E.R.D., is normally the chatty one, but right now he's so disinterested in my questions that he's making his less talkative bandmate Shay answer them from a third phone line. Though he struggles to be polite, Shay prefaces many of his short answers with a barely disguised sigh.  "Hey, P, you still there?"
Monday, Sept. 22, 2008

Counter Culture (Koch)

  While Roy Harper was known to discerning American rock fans in the '70s as the subject of a Led Zeppelin song and the vocalist on Pink Floyd's "Have a Cigar," his own music was seldom heard. Counter Culture will hopefully bring the overlooked songwriter and singer to the attention of the acoustic underground...
Monday, Sept. 22, 2008

U2

Boy/October/War Deluxe Editions (Island/Interscope)

Leave it to our reliable friends in U2 to respond to the music industry's structural implosion with a triple-shot of pricey extravagance-and the promise of more to come. Who could have foreseen that the guitar wailing of "I Will Follow" from the band's 1980 debut, Boy, was actually the first breath of a larger-than-life juggernaut. To be fair, even when listening with the benefit of knowing...
10.28.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nicole
Prince Fielder, Ryan Braun honored October 28, 2007 | 08:39 PM Prince Fielder was the NL recipient of the Hank Aaron award and the Players' Choice Award for most outstanding NL player this week. The Hank Aaron Award is voted on by the fans and honors the top offensive player in each league. Alex Rodriguez won the AL award. From Reuters.com: Nearly 400,000 votes were cast at MLB.com, the offici...
10.30.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By Nicole
Geoff Junkins: No longer a Brewer (also, CoCo filed for free agency) October 30, 2007 | 09:55 PM The Brewers finally did what we all figured would happen and declined the $9 million dollar option on Geoff Junkins today. This article has some interesting quotes, but the most important detail is buried way at the bottom. From ESPN.com MILWAUKEE -- Geoff Jenkins enjoyed a solid year as the Milwau...
11.20.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
Crime of Dispassion The Devil in the Details November 20, 2007 | 08:23 AM Robberies often go wrong but the jewelry store heist at the center of Before the Devil Knows You're Dead is about as bad as bad gets. The robber expects an easy time with the old woman behind the counter, never imagining she'd pull a gun and shoot, sending him through the glass front door to die on the pavement among the sh...
Monday, Sept. 8, 2008

(iUniverse Star), by Timothy English

It's been written that there's nothing new under the sun, and the axiom has been proven over and over in the history of rock 'n' roll. Sounds Like Teen Spirit compares and contrasts dozens of familiar songs that bear resemblance to one another. Some of them are obvious thefts, such as the transformation of Chuck Berry's. . .
11.20.2007 | | Posted at 12:00 AM
By David Luhrssen
House of British Television November 20, 2007 | 08:52 AM A strange thought has become widespread, striking many people in the last decade: television has gotten better than the movies! Well, not all television or all movies, but between "The Sopranos," "House" and "Law and Order," it seems that intelligent writing and character development had begun to migrate from big screen to small—especia...

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