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Music: Carnavas Maximus

Indie quartet Silversun Pickups pick up confidence and esteem with the success of Carnavas

0 Comments · Friday, August 10, 2007
When Silversun Pickups first started playing live, the band was, to put it mildly, less than confident in its live shows. "Sometimes it was nerve-wracking because people didn't know we were in  

Music: Against the Odds

After a scrape with the infamous 'label mergers,' Rise Against find themselves major-labelly satisfied

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 10, 2007
Tim McIlrath says Rise Against chose to sign to a major label knowing full well that there were no guarantees it would be the right move. "We went into this thing realizing it could backfire on   

Music: Full Loon Fever

After unexpected success with their debut album, Tapes 'N Tapes take their new songs on the road

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2007
The Minneapolis-based band Tapes 'N Tapes had no illusions when it finished its 2005 debut album, The Loon, about just how much it was likely to do for the group's fledgling career. The CD, af  

Music: Back to Burning Rubber

After a tough go on a major label, Saves the Day returns to an indie more confident and wiser

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Sept. 19, 2003, should have been a day of excitement and celebration for Saves The Day. In Reverie, the band's major label debut on DreamWorks Records, had been released three days before and t  

Music: Tall Stax

Soul legends talk about the past and future of Stax Records

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Guitarist Steve Cropper doesn't especially enjoy talking about "(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay," the song he wrote with Otis Redding just before the singer perished in an airplane crash in 1  

Music: Magnetic Storm

Indie Pop cult heroes The Apples In Stereo regroup for new album

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 7, 2007
As a musician who, on the new Apples In Stereo CD New Magnetic Wonder, introduces a new musical scale that he's invented, it's not surprising to hear Robert Schneider has lofty goals for the ba  

Music: Sounds Like Christmas

Need a last-second soundtrack for your holiday festivities?

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 20, 2006
You may need a pretty big stocking to call this year's holiday CDs stocking stuffers. With a deluge of releases, it would take a sleigh to carry this year's selection. Here is a look at some of  

Music: Coping with Confusion

Singer/songwriter Citizen Cope is bemused by confusion surrounding his eclectic Pop mix

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 1, 2006
Citizen Cope has apparently confused more than a few radio programmers -- not to mention music fans -- who struggle to pin down his music. The only thing that's difficult for Cope to understand,  

Music: The Wolves Survive

The new album by long-running Roots rockers Los Lobos recalls their finest work

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 11, 2006
To many fans of the veteran band Los Lobos, 1992's Kiko remains both a watershed moment and the high point of an album catalog filled with outstanding records. A sonically and stylistically adven  

Music: Sonic "Evil"-lution

Avenged Sevenfold scurry from 'Metalcore' scene and hard-partying reputation

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Where many bands see signing with a major label as their one big shot at huge popularity, Avenged Sevenfold guitarist Zacky Vengeance says his band saw a whole different opportunity in its move up