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Brokaw gets NPR'd


At left, Chris Brokaw

"Rock musician Chris Brokaw" -- in NPR-ese -- got the "Here and Now" treatment over at WBUR on the occasion of his solo-with-band album Incredible Love. (Those of you who've been wondering when that Codeine/Rodan/early Karate sound was gonna make a comeback, serve yourself.) If you've got eight minutes, take a listen:

LISTEN: WBUR interviews Chris Brokaw (stream, left click)
LISTEN: Chris Brokaw Rock Band, "Move" (mp3)

TONIGHT:

1. It's a testament to how the economics of the music biz have changed that it's now cheaper on the front end and profitable on the backside for a label like Side One Dummy to invest in a full-length DVD loaded with extras for a band like, oh, PIEBALD. Then again, maybe they just used all that money they saved by running the tour van on vegetable oil. (Hope we didn't jinx 'em: a couple days before Thanksgiving the fuel pump burst.) In any case, the North Shore expats will be toting their new Killa Bros and Killa Bees tonight at the Middle East, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge 617.864.EAST.

2. AQUALUNG's Matt Hales used to put food on the table by writing TV-commercial jingles for the likes of Mitsubishi and Wrigley's. So no wonder he got his big break a couple of years ago when Volkswagen used one of his Aqualung songs in a British Beetle advert. The fervent response on Internet message boards and the like and his subsequent record deal with Columbia are further evidence that nowadays, having an in in the advertising world can be more valuable to a musician than connections in the record industry. In support of his debut stateside release, Strange and Beautiful, an album that borders on both lite adult contemporary and Brian Wilsony brilliance, he's at the Institute of Contemporary Art, 955 Boylston St, Boston 617.266.5152.

LISTEN: Aqualung, "Strange and Beautiful" (stream)

3. As we told you back in May when ARMOR FOR SLEEP were opening for the All-American Rejects at Axis, singer/guitarist Ben Jorgenson pushed his band up above the emo hordes on their then new What To Do When You Are Dead (Equal Vision) by packaging his earnest tales of heartbreak as one big ghost story, concept-album-style, like Coheed and Cambria. They're back on the road, but they haven't quite become the headliners we thought they'd be. Instead, they're opening for MATCHBOOK ROMANCE at Axis, 13 Lansdowne St, Boston 617-228.6000.

LISTEN: Armor for Sleep, "The Truth About Heaven" (mp3)
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