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Dragonette: Pop with a twist

t's a strangely voyeuristic experience, listening to "Galore," the debut album from Canadian electro-pop band Dragonette, almost like you've accidentally overheard a conversation between singer Martina Sorbara and one of her best friends about her love life. [...]
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Back to school with Bound Stems

Bound Stems' sophomore effort, "The Family Afloat," out September 9, makes a convincing case that Gallivan and company could have made their livings practicing psychology and family dynamics.
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Surf’s Up for The Stills

When "Oceans" is released on August 19th, there's a good chance The Stills' summertime good fortune will continue. It’s their strongest record to date, coming on the heels of 2003's "Logic Will Break Your Heart" and 2006's "Without Feathers."
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Uh Huh Her: Opposites Attract

NEW YORK -- It's an unusually chilly afternoon when I interview Camila Grey and Leisha Hailey, collectively known as electro-pop duo Uh Huh Her, in the lounge of their midtown Manhattan hotel. Since there's no driving or playing on the schedule, their tour manager explains, it's the first true "day off" the ladies have had in weeks. But you'd never know it. [...]
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CSS for the summer

Opener "Jager Yoga" includes delightfully nonsensical phrases like "Desperate Living, Hairspray / Baltimore with Tanqueray / Live your life John Waters' way." "Let's Reggae All Night" makes it hard to resist the urge to do just that.
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Hit Paraders

Indie Rock Sub Pop June 17, 2008 Don't be fooled by the fact that At Mount Zoomer, the sophomore full-length album from Montreal quintet Wolf Parade, contains just nine songs. While that may appear to be a...
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Gavin Rossdale: Older, wiser, happier?

Rock/Pop Universal June 3, 2008 The working title of Gavin Rossdale's first solo offering, "WANDERlust," out June 3, should have been "Family Values 101." The last time Rossdale had a hit record, back whe...
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Party of Five: Indie rockers Eisley keep it all in the Family

One might assume that the members of indie quintet Eisley are given a hero's welcome when they return to their suburban hometown of Tyler, Texas between touring. After all, the group (four siblings and their cousin) has toured with the likes of Coldplay and Snow Patrol, earned critical acclaim for their sophomore effort, last year's "Combinations," and had a song from the record featured on MTV juggernaut "The Hills" - all while most of them were still in or barely out of their teens. Well, not so much, according to singer/guitarist Sherri DuPree, who chatted with Blast from a recent tour stop in Hoboken, N.J. [...]
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Ready for the Foals

With regard to "Antidotes," the debut album from British indie outfit Foals, the sentiment "if you've heard one song, you've heard them all," isn't an entirely unfair assessment. Fortunately for the band, they'...
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Great Northern

Rachel Stolte, one third of L.A.-based trio Great Northern, has no misgivings about her band "selling out" or losing their proverbial "indie cred." On the contrary, Stolte displays a refreshing enthusiasm a...
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The Gutter Twins: Separated at Birth

The artwork gracing the back cover of The Gutter Twins' "Saturnalia" shows an X-ray image of Siamese twins. It's an appropriate illustration, given that the duo is a union of two pivotal figures in early 1990s ...
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Kaki King’s dream world

Some people may find the sight of diminutive songwriter Kaki King lugging around a guitar case a bit incongruous. And unfortunately, they're often not shy about pointing it out. "I walk through the airport w...
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The 2008 Academy Awards, minute-by-minute

11:48 p.m.: That's all, folks. The last awards of the night felt really rushed. At just over three hours, this is definitely one of the shortest ceremonies in recent memory. Thanks to everyone who checked in wi...
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There Will Be Oscars

Continued coverage 8:28 p.m. Regis Philbin appears to be teetering on the edge of senility. He just said hello to "Xavier Bardem," sitting in the front row of the Kodak. Let the show begin! 8:23 p.m. Rece...