Posted by: on December 20, 2007 at 4:00 pm

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Rockabilly dudes are territorial. They’re sort of like a gang, really, but with better haircuts and more badass threads. And while they’re guaranteed to crowd the room at, say, a Legendary Shack Shakers show, you might have been surprised to see them at Richard Hawley’s cozy Abbey gig. That is, until the Sheffield singer-songwriter and ex-Longpigs and Pulp guitarist addressed the crowd with a wink. “You all Read more

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Posted by: on December 20, 2007 at 3:00 pm

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Icarus Line wowed a lot of types with this year’s Black Lives at the Golden Coast, a record that revamped their bleeding-lidded post-punk lather as the foundation for experiments into psych rock and boogie-based rock stuff that sounded like Primal Read more

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Posted by: on December 20, 2007 at 2:00 pm

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Anticon has gone crazy. Rap from all sides, creeds, and colors? Dream-pop? Electronic beat artists working with hazy indie singers and MCs? What’s going on here? Oh yeah, creativity. The San Francisco-based imprint has been operating at a level of streetwise calm since 1998, and has only gotten more exciting over the years as the release schedule has grown. It sounds like we can thank a bunch of Read more

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Posted by: on December 20, 2007 at 1:00 pm

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DIE LAUGHING (Jeff Werner, 1980)

Between his appearances in Ice Castles and The Chosen, Robbie Benson showed audiences his lighter side in the screwball Die Laughing. Jeff Werner’s film is an awkward blend of “man on the run” thriller and “musician with a monkey” comedy. Benson plays Pinsky, a San Franciscan cab driver with aspirations of making it big Read more

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Posted by: on December 20, 2007 at 12:00 pm

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The Libertines, Time for Heroes: The Best of the Libertines (Rough Trade, 2007)

Even in 2003, in the midst of their original breakup and before Pete Doherty became a walking, stumbling, numbed-out tabloid headline, the Libertines had something to offer, a clever and sometimes soul-stirring blend of titan English groups like the Clash and the Buzzcocks, all cut to an edge suitable for what at the Read more

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Posted by: on December 20, 2007 at 11:00 am

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Does she follow everyone around like that? Adele Bethel has the strut down pat. But wait til later, when she and the rest of her Sons And Daughters crew are playing “Darling” around the fire, really bending on that old “Mother’s Little Helper” riff. It’s Read more

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Posted by: on December 20, 2007 at 10:00 am

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Frontier Justice Vol. VII: Overgolded but Upgrading

The original video for “Upgrade U,” the sixth single from Beyonce’s second solo record B’Day, features its star draped in a gold sheet of Saran Wrap and writhing atop the mound of gold coins, precious rubies, nugget-encrusted watches, and assorted gleaming baubles that’s piled thigh-high in one of Jay-Z’s massive basement storerooms. (You can’t see it in the video, but the door is marked “booty room.”) It must be Wednesday; Tuesday is acupuncture with diamond needles, and on Thursday she bathes in Read more

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Posted by: on December 19, 2007 at 4:22 pm

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Asia’s “Heat of the Moment” is a champion of the soft area rock show. Riffs. Cowbell. Whisper-to-polite sigh backing vocals, and a singer whose soft-toned vocal chords must certainly be caressed nightly with heat rocks wrapped in velvet. And this live performance has everything the arena fan demands, from a quaint precision light show, Read more

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Posted by: on December 19, 2007 at 3:00 pm

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Maybe we should change that first question to worst press photo experience. Jeez. What is that? Pizza? Regardless, Tallahassee’s no.1 purveyor of sleep-eyed indie rock is here to give us their meet & greet. Matt Agrella (vocals-guitar), Tyson Kuhloff (bass), Ryan Slate (guitar), and Joshua Mikel (drums) demand your Read more

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Posted by: on December 19, 2007 at 1:00 pm

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Detroit Sounds & Spirits Holiday Spectacular – Magic Stick – December 21, 2007

Gold is cold, diamonds are dead; a limousine’s a car; don’t pretend. To feel what’s real at the end of 2007, the remedy isn’t perfume with heavy-duty pricing or a gaming era phenomenon such as the Wii or Rock Band. It’s a shouting match over what was the best Christmas cartoon from our youth, or who was better, Andy or Bing. It’s the drunken wassailing of your friends and neighbors; it’s a long pull off a nickel plate flask nicknamed “Daddy’s little helper.” Dave Feeny knows this. The Blanche pedal steel guitarist and Detroit man-about-town is celebrating the season by curating the Sounds and Spirits Holiday Spectacular, an annual favorite of the Read more

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