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Live Review: Johnny Marr

November 19, 2013
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Live Review: Johnny Marr

Johnny Marr, born John Martin Maher in Manchester, England, co-founded some group in a shut-in’s bedroom in the 1980s whose name this blogger can’t quite recall before finding fame as a session musician on the ultimate Talking Heads album Naked. After working with artists are varied as Paul McCartney and the Cribs since the...
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Belle and Sebastian at Merriweather: A Nice Day for a Sulk

July 15, 2013
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Turns out Belle and Sebastian fans aren’t huge partiers. Who would have guessed that fans of a group adored for its bookish aesthetic and witty lyrics full of the small drama of school yards and awkward adolescence have a hard time letting loose. Friday’s show at Merriweather Post Pavilion felt like a Pitchfork-sponsored VH1...
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Sweetlife: Identity, authenticity and pop music

May 15, 2013
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Sweetlife: Identity, authenticity and pop music

In its fourth year, the Sweetlife Festival continues to try to combine the green-capitalist mission of the DC restaurant chain Sweetgreen with a smörgåsbord of critical indie darlings to, according to Sweetgreen’s press release, “create experiences  that exceed expectations, where passion and purpose come together, people better off than when we found them.”...
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Live Review: Best Coast

April 5, 2013
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Live Review: Best Coast

“Do you remember rock ‘n roll radio?” The Ramones, Jan and Dean and MBV? It seems that Best Coast does. But, perhaps more importantly, lead singer Bethany Cosentino recalls the storied ’90s sitcom Martin. After noting that her reference to Martin Lawrence’s Fox program might be a bit old for a majority of people...
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Q&A: Best Coast’s Bethany Cosentino talks old-school country, confessional songwriting, and bench pressing

April 1, 2013
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In 2010 Best Coast surprised everyone, including themselves, with the runaway success of their debut Crazy for You. Its blast of catchy, lo-fi guitar pop caught many an ear, including power pop legend and Kanye West co-producer Jon Brion, who produced the band’s second album The Only Place. With a new polished sound, Best...
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The Feelies take control at the Ottobar

March 25, 2013
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The Feelies take control at the Ottobar

The Feelies assumed the Ottobar’s stage ten minutes after 9pm on March 23, 2013, a date which will live in famy. According to Wikipedia Famy is, “a fifth class municipality in the province of Laguna, Philippines.” Five, that’s the number of encores the Feelies played at the Ottobar on March 23rd.  Coincidence?...
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Jonathan Richman, philosopher, comes to Golden West

February 22, 2013
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Jonathan Richman, philosopher, comes to Golden West

History has shown that it takes roughly three sentences for an article on Jonathan Richman to mention his ‘naive’, ‘childlike’ persona and lyrical voice.  I just did it in one.  But with Jonathan Richman playing Golden West Cafe on February 23rd and 24th (the second was added after the first sold out in a...
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The importance of being miserable: Morrissey’s moping as pop subversion

January 16, 2013
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The importance of being miserable: Morrissey’s moping as pop subversion

Thirty years ago, the world’s most pronounced post-Presley pompadour came into prominence on the posterior of a scandalously erotic single.  Within a day of being released, “Hand In Glove” went platinum, because everybody can appreciate a lovely ass regardless of what gender it is on, and Morrissey lived happily ever after. Or the single...
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