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Every Little Thing He Does Is Magic

Ted Leo & the Pharmacists at Empty Bottle, February 22 Ted Leo’s Epiphone hollow-body has “No War” affixed to it in rough strips of duct tape. It was a quick tape-job, done minutes before going onstage at Late Night with Conan O’Brien, where the message was broadcast to millions–a week and a bit later, the […]

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Personal Best

Sleater-Kinney All Hands on the Bad One (Kill Rock Stars) If you listen really closely to the silence right before the first track of Sleater-Kinney’s latest, All Hands on the Bad One, you can hear the sound of hundreds of rock critics doing what they do best: beating off. Three years after the Olympia threesome […]

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The Make-Up

The Make-Up July 15, Fireside Bowl By Daniel Sinker “I know you’ve seen it all before, but tonight we’re gonna breathe some life back into that old corpse,” Ian Svenonious promises the flock gathered at the Fireside Bowl on an exceptionally warm Tuesday night to hear his band, the Make-Up, preach their Gospel Yeh-Yeh. He […]