Against Me!, Dinosaur, Brandi Carlile

1. For a band who started out as one-man acoustic act, Against Me! have come a long way to headline the Fat Tour with the likes of Smoke or Fire and the Soviettes. Inspired by the political will of Crass, Tom Gabel spits out lyrics in a raunchy growl, taking shots at Condoleezza Rice, the mainstream music biz, and, since they’re from Gainesville, Miami . . . [continue reading Phoenix review of Searching for a Former Clarity]

LISTEN: Against Me!, "Don't Lose Touch" (mp3)

2. Taking cues from fellow former Bostonians the Pixies, DINOSAUR JR. seem determined to keep on keeping on with their current original-line-up reunion. Apparently, Lou and J haven't come to blows yet -- it's amazing how quickly old wounds heal when you're getting all kinds of cash, er, love. The trio are taking yet another cue from the Pixies and filming a live DVD during their eight-date fall tour, which wraps up tonight (sold out) and tomorrow (tickets remaining) downstairs at the Middle East, 480 Mass Ave, Cambridge 617.864.EAST.

LISTEN: Dinosaur Jr., "Freak Scene" (mp3)
LISTEN: Dinosaur Jr., "Forget the Swan" (mp3)

READ: Phoenix coverage of the Dinosaur Jr. reunion
READ: Phoenix reviews Dinosaur Jr.'s homecoming show at Avalon

3. "I broke my own record yesterday," Brandi Carlile says proudly. "I had eight shots!" The 24-year-old singer-songwriter isn’t bragging about Jägermeister or Wild Turkey: espresso’s her vice, and she’s obsessed with Starbucks. Particularly when she’s touring. As she explains over her cell from somewhere in Ohio, she and her band mates — twin brothers Tim (guitar) and Phil (bass) Hanseroth, drummer Jason Maybell, and cellist Josh Newman — are on a serious Starbucks watch . . . [continue reading "Young and Restless: Heartland honey Brandi Carlile"]

LISTEN: Brandi Carlile, "Throw It All Away" (mp3)
LISTEN: Brandi Carlile, "Fall Apart Again" (mp3)
SEE: Brandi Carlile at the Paradise
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