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Apollo Sunshine Remembers How to Be Awesome

October 10, 2008
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Apollo Sunshine Remembers How to Be Awesome

Apollo Sunshine | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam In 2005, Baltimore’s Lake Trout brought down a band from Boston called Apollo Sunshine to open a couple of shows at the Ottobar, and the out-of-towner proceeded nearly to blow its hosts off the stage on both occasions. Combining shit-kicking Southern rock with disjointed art rock...
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Obligatory Black Kids Screed: Their Band Could Be Your Friends: Black Kids, Cut Copy, Sonar, Saturday May 17

May 20, 2008
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Obligatory Black Kids Screed: Their Band Could Be Your Friends: Black Kids, Cut Copy, Sonar, Saturday May 17

| Image by Frank Hamilton It’s not that the Black Kids are a bad band. They are not unfun, poor musicians, or without some charisma. (Though onstage, they do look genuinely a little awkward and shy.) Especially for being so very young and so very new to the game, they do what they do...
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Talking Head Housewarming: Deep Sleep, the Spider Bags, the Golden Boys, Hollywood, CPC Gangbangs, Vincent Black Shadow, Talking Head, May 14

May 16, 2008
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Talking Head Housewarming: Deep Sleep, the Spider Bags, the Golden Boys, Hollywood, CPC Gangbangs, Vincent Black Shadow, Talking Head, May 14

As previously reported, the Talking Head recently left it’s longtime Davis Street location for new digs inside Sonar. Earlier this week, a couple shows were held in Sonar’s smaller-stage Club room, but Wednesday’s show went down in the space’s former lounge, the Talking Head’s official new home. Upon arriving at Sonar, the only notice...
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98 Rock Loosens Weirdness Standards for Local Bands

May 8, 2008
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98 Rock Loosens Weirdness Standards for Local Bands

Last Monday at Fletcher’s, one person stood out of the crowd well before he took the stage to perform. The tall black man covered in tattoos–with a stripe of white paint across his face, a fluffy boa, and fingerless gloves–turned out to be Symbol, the frontman for local band the Hot Magic. The singer’s...
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Not Retiretarded, Barely

April 30, 2008
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Not Retiretarded, Barely

Tuesday morning, in a blog post titled “Retiretard,” garage-punker Jay Reatard announced that he is quitting music. While later admitting it was a joke, the post made reference to Reatard’s recent fracas, centered on an incident earlier this month in Toronto, when he punched a fan in the face. Of course, it was all...
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Enon Rocks Out In This City

April 4, 2008
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It’s always been hard to shake off a vague sense of wasted potential with Enon. Its 2000 debut album, Believo!, was a brief, bizarre burst of guitars, junkyard percussion, and malfunctioning electronics that promised great things to come. But multiple lineup changes followed soon after, leaving only founder John Schmersal the sole survivor from...
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SXSW: The Baby Jesus Weeps

March 20, 2008
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SXSW: The Baby Jesus Weeps

| Image by Artist’s Rendition In anticipation of Music Editor Michael Byrne’s being kidnapped, drunk, and/or horribly lost during at least part of SXSW, we also had City Paper contributor Mike McGonigal combing the streets of Austin for the week to hunt out the best and worst of the nation’s largest music debauch. His...
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