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  • June 27, 2005
    By webteam


    And you thought Nike were the only ones doing it: I-Heart-Music message-boarders offer suggestions for the new wave of corporate appropriation.

    Gee, big corporations stealing shit from indie bands for free. Wonder where they got that idea?

    [UPDATE: our man Will Spitz directed us to this archive of record-jacket jacking





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  • June 27, 2005
    By webteam


    This just in: Gwen Stefani and the Harajuku Girls, October 31 at TD Banknorth Garden. Check back for on-sale dates.

    Gwen Stefani, Hollaback Girl (Diplo Remix). (mp3, via the Rub)
  • June 26, 2005
    By webteam
    Gee, what's this?




    [UPDATE] 10:34 pm
    Consensus from the first exit polls . . .

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  • June 26, 2005
    By webteam
    Sorry, somehow we didn’t get the memo on the Stairs. But when we find the jackass who left us off the list, he’s getting a beatdown. A Dedham art-pop band that got a cable-access grant to finance its Yoshimi/Alien Lanes/Dusk at Cubist Castle-style pet sounds, pulled its own Pussy Galore by covering Silver Jews’ The Natural Bridge in its entirety, and released a free EP on the Web last year, they’re about to release On Sleep Lab (Access to Visions), quite simply and by a large margin the best local indie-pop album of the year.

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  • June 25, 2005
    By webteam


    1. Here’s how it goes at a Tunnel of Love show: three scraggly dudes show up, set their pawn-shop gear near the stage but not on it, peel off their street clothes down to striped tights and soccer shorts, affix crowns and capes, and, thus revealed as junk-stomp superheroes, crank their amps up to “nuclear turd” and go Phi Crappa Altamont, chainsawing their own songs and assassinating other people’s (so long, “Hey Joe”), annihilating the first few rows in a blitzy white-noise mushroom cloud.

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  • June 24, 2005
    By webteam

    Circle: unbroken.

    1. We don’t want to overstate the case, but at least right now, on our back porch with a breeze blowing through, Session Americana’s old-timey double-album The Table Top People, Volumes 1 & 2 feels like one of the most loose, spontaneous, warm, and homespun acts of community and decency since the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s Will the Circle Be Unbroken


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  • June 24, 2005
    By webteam
    While some of you are debating the merits of Wilco v. Oasis tonight -- *yawn* -- the rest of us are having trouble deciding between a Montreal avant-folk weirdo and, as our pal David Day succinctly puts it, "one of the most popular mash-up/re-rub/ADDDJs in the world."

    So let's make the case for Cosmo Baker, shall we? All who say yeah can meet up tonight around 11 at Enormous Room; show up early and catch David and Amy doing their thang.

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  • June 23, 2005
    By webteam


    Photos, as always, courtesy
    of the wonderful Kelly Davidson.
    (Happy Birthday, Kelly!)

    Holy beejezus! All we gotta say about last night’s Sleater-Kinney show at Avalon is . . . “Mother”?!? Mother?!? As in Tell your children not to walk my way..? Did we say holy fuckin' beejezus? Yeahhh!






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  • June 23, 2005
    By webteam
    1. Old news first: Diplo and M.I.A. have, by several accounts, gone their separate ways. On the bright side, Diplo and Sasha Frere-Jones have kissed and made up. (n.h.)

    1.5. S/FJ is correct, by the way. That Diplo "Hollaback" remix is online somewhere. Specifically, on the Rub wesbsite: Gwen Stefani, Hollaback Girl (Diplo Remix) (mp3)



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  • June 23, 2005
    By webteam
    TONIGHT:
    When we saw Alkaline Trio getting the goth-punk extreme makeover, we feared the worst: 'cause, y'know, there just ain't enough counter space at Hot Topic for two AFIs. Not to worry, though, because with the exception of a little ghost-haunted piano here and there, Crimson (Vagrant/Interscope) is straight-up Chicago punk rock.

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  • June 22, 2005
    By webteam

    Carrie shows us some metal.

    TONIGHT: When Sleater-Kinney stepped away for a minute, in 2002, they were pretty much the biggest thing in indie rock. Three years later, Modest Mouse and the Postal Service have sold a million albums, college radio sounds as if it were being programmed by Nina Blackwood, and the S-K ladies are royally, beautifully pissed.


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  • June 22, 2005
    By webteam

    Aural pleasure.

    I know, I know: you love your iPod. But did you really need to have sex with it, too? Giving new meaning to the phrase "plug in," a helpful toy going by the name Audi-Oh syncs to your mp3 player and vibrates in time with whatever you're listening to. (Our suspicion: Ying Yang's whisper song just got a whole lot more useful.


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  • June 21, 2005
    By Carly Carioli


    The White Stripes
    At The Opera House
    Tuesday, September 20 & Wednesday, September 21, 2005 at 7:30 pm
    Tickets are $47.50, $42.50 and $37.50
    Tickets go on-sale Saturday, June 25, 2005 at 10:00 am
    Call (617) 931-2000.

    Sidebar 1. Jack and Meg get a Fresh Air-ing (mp3, NPR interview)
    Sidebar 2. White Stripes, "Blue Orchid" (mpg video)











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  • June 21, 2005
    By webteam
    Guess who attended the Sean Carter Memorial Publicity Stunt Academy?

    A Message to Chicago from Billy Corgan (.pdf)

    Operative graf from his full-page ad in today's Chicago Tribune:
    "When I played the final Smashing Pumpkins show on the night of December 2,
    2000, I walked off the Metro stage believing that I was forever leaving a piece







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  • June 21, 2005
    By webteam

    Photo courtesy Amy Wallenberg. She rules.

    1. It was billed as an acoustic set, but it didn't turn out that way: the Soundtrack of Our Lives, just a few hours removed from opening for Robert Plant at the Pavilion, showed up for a late-night apertif at T.T.'s with all their gear, cranked up full volume, and burned the place to the ground.


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