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  • August 17, 2007
    By Carly Carioli


    BIRD FLU: tonight at Enormous Room

    Mr. Collipark, eight zillion kids with youtube accounts, four out of five bloggers, and Winnie the Pooh agree: teenage sensation Soulja Boy's "Crank Dat" (a/k/a "Superman That Ho") is officially the viral hit of 2007, has spawned a superhero dance craze that's even more fun than that whole Chicken Noodle Soup thing, and is probably the grimiest-sounding rap vocal ever to become a hit.

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  • August 16, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    Thurston: Academy fight song

    It's not exactly news that as he's gotten older, Thurston Moore has found time in his life for more than Sonic Youth. When he's not reviewing noise records with Byron Coley, making noise records with people you've never heard of, or asking his daughter if she knows how to play that Dinosaur Jr song, he's apparently found time to record a proper follow-up to Psychic Hearts, the completely unexpected and awesome-beyond-belief (and recently remastered) solo album that all your Pitchfork-reading friends will tell you is secretly better than the last (insert any number from one to five) Sonic Youth records.

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  • August 07, 2007
    By Will Spitz

    DOWNLOAD: Drug Rug, "Tiny People" (mp3)
    WATCH: Drug Rug at YouTube

    Along with Mean Creek and Hats and Glasses, Drug Rug are among our favorite newish local bands led by a boyfriend-girlfriend team making beautiful music together, as Pepé Le Pew would say.

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  • July 28, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    Fire up the iPod, new ish is on the way:

    Jamaica Plain transplant (via Baltimore) and Spank Rock DJ CHRIS DEVLIN drops for-the-headphones mpfree mixtape to Discobelle, we're out of town so we're missing his guest spot tonight when the Hearthrob dudes take over Milky Way JP. We have half a mind to chop out the "Mr. Devlin's Jamaica Plain Humpbacks Remix" of Panda Bear's "Comdy in Nautica."

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  • July 26, 2007
    By Caitlin E. Curran

    DOWNLOAD: Cassavettes, "Debts" (mp3)

    With Jabe Beyer relocating to Nashville and Frank Smith ensconced in Austin, Boston’s alt-country contingent has withered away over the past few months. Luckily, Cassavettes, who are three-fourths native Texan, are sticking around. Phoenix readers named them last year’s “Best Local Band,” and that was before the release of their debut album, It’s Gonna Change, in December.

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  • July 17, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    DOWNLOAD: Ketman, "Chapter Four" (mp3)
    WATCH: Ketman at YouTube

    About this time last year, we brought you a track from Ketman’s EP Esperanto. They’ve since recorded a full-length (finally), but then they wrote so many new songs that they’ve whipped out a new EP and are releasing it in advance of the album.

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  • July 06, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    DOWNLOAD: Hats and Glasses, "Andrew" (mp3)

    We've never seen them wear hats, and only two-thirds of them sport prescriptive eyegear, so maybe they're just trying to go incognito -- or Google incognito, at least. Refreshingly devoid of gimmickry, H+G play rock and roll that's quirky, spirited, and somehow instantly classic.

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  • June 28, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    DOWNLOAD: Matters and Dunaway, "Control the Night" (mp3)

    Although Matters and Dunaway have never had much of a profile in Boston, where no one's ever got famous playing minimal techno and Boards of Canada-esque rocktronica, the laptop/bass duo's three mostly-instrumental albums have inspired a small, rabid following among electronic music fans and DJs across the country.

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  • June 27, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    We're glad to see that the Bang Camaro dudes managed to keep their clothes on for their 15 minutes with, which has a spiffy new video rehashing the band's well-documented creation story. Just like we've always said: a thrash-pop band with 17 lead singers is just impossible for magazine editors to pass up.

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  • June 21, 2007
    By Carly Carioli

    DOWNLOAD: 27, "Brighter Days" (mp3)

    The hirsute, godless followers of the Pennsylvania-based underground metal label Relapse have by now gotten over the aural blasphemy of having a quiet, pretty (we'll say it: heavenly) girl-led trio on the roster. So you can too. The latest disc by Boston's 27, Holding On For Brighter Days (out this Tuesday), congeals around Maria Christopher's voice -- dreamy, breathy, brooding -- and her chiming, distant strumming.

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