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Thursday, September 6,2012

Don’t call them rappers

The Knux wants to be a rock band

By Alan Sculley
With its first major label release, 2008’s Remind Me in 3 Days, The Knux immediately got touted as one of the most innovative and different-sounding new acts in hip-hop. There was only one problem with that sort of talk.
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Thursday, August 30,2012

A final bow

Incubus releases live DVD, finishes final tour before break

By Alan Sculley
“It really wasn’t all that strange because we do little promo stuff all over the place,” Kenney says, noting that launching a new album typically involves playing at radio stations and for other movers and shakers.
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Thursday, August 16,2012

Still playing folk guitar

Stephen Stills, now touring with Crosby and Nash, almost played bass for Jimi Hendrix

By Alan Sculley
If Stephen Stills isn´t doing cartwheels across the stage and jumping off of amplifiers this summer on his tour with Crosby, Stills & Nash, he´ll have a good excuse.
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Thursday, June 28,2012

Fostering affliction

Foster the People out to prove band is more than one-hit wonder

By Alan Sculley
The next time Mark Foster has a chance to skip out of his work writing songs to go to the beach, don’t be surprised if he decides to stay inside and write. Another time he chose work over play, things worked out pretty well for Foster and his band, Foster The People.
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Thursday, May 24,2012

Psyching out the rock

Jane’s Addiction’s new musical styling the result of collaboration

By Alan Sculley
Farrell didn’t spell out exactly how Jane’s Addiction will achieve this immersive concert experience, but he said there will be a film component to the show and a specific look that he described as “1920s surrealist twist mixed with a ’60s Warhol pop.”
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Thursday, May 3,2012

Sensitivity problems

The Fray frontman Isaac Slade is still figuring himself out

By Alan Sculley
The band that rode to platinum-selling success on the song “How to Save a Life” could now write a song about how the Muppets may have saved a band.
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Thursday, April 12,2012

Songs for songwriters

How the Counting Crows decided which tunes to put on their new album of covers

By Alan Sculley
The Counting Crows’ new CD of cover tunes, Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did On Our Summer Vacation) is not that kind of album. The songs the band covers don’t come from any certain genre or era. So it isn’t about helping fans understand the musical influences that shaped the Bay-area group.
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Thursday, March 1,2012

With parenthood comes perspective

Ani DiFranco still has opinions and wants to tell you them

By Alan Sculley
One of the real changes in how Ani DiFranco approaches live performing these days may be something she does while not performing. But rest assured, DiFranco indicated during a recent phone interview that it’s making a difference in her concerts.
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Thursday, February 9,2012

moe. money, fewer problems

After almost a decade of self-release, moe. signs a deal

By Alan Sculley
These days, it’s become common for groups, especially in the rock genre, to start their own record labels and handle their own distribution and promotion. And here is moe., having released all but two of its previous 10 studio CDs on its own label, teaming up with a record company for a new CD, 'Whatever Happened to the La Las.'
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Thursday, January 19,2012

Rhapsody in Tweedy

Wilco’s latest album a collective effort

By Alan Sculley
Over the course of Wilco’s seven previous studio albums, singer/guitarist Jeff Tweedy has been viewed as the musical brains behind the critically acclaimed band. But one thing that is immediately apparent in talking to Wilco guitarist Nels Cline is that, as much as Tweedy is bandleader and songwriter, other voices are being heard on the group’s album.
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