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VAMP: Neighborhood Watch Aug 28, 2014 So Say We All's monthly live storytelling show featuring stories about the Neighborhood Watch, whether its literal tales about the self-appointed protectors of the block, run-ins with wannabe cops or any other take on the theme. 64 other events on Thursday, August 28
How one case study could potentially transform City Heights
Former customs agent got more than seven years for smuggling drugs and people into the U.S., but mysterious events are raising questions about the government’s prosecution
Joe Swanberg’s new independent film starring Anna Kendrick leads our rundown of movies screening around town
Formal complaint against the Probation Department shows how far local juvenile-detention practices are out of the mainstream
The Floating Library
What inspired me as I wrote my first novel


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Wednesday, August 27,2014
Music feature

Terry Malts’ punk is scuzzy and wonderfully weird

Trio’s latest EP focuses on pop hooks

By Ben Salmon
The promotional blurb that accompanies Terry Malts’ new Insides EP floats the idea that this might be the band’s most “pop” effort yet.
Wednesday, August 20,2014
Music feature

Benjamin Booker keeps it simple

Singer / songwriter plays a manic, raw style of punk-blues

By Jeff Terich

 Benjamin Booker never set out to be a rock star. Watching his recent, high-energy performances on The Late Show with David Letterman or Conanyou might think otherwise.

Wednesday, August 13,2014
Music feature

Future Islands are new romantics

Baltimore synth-pop group is free of cynicism or irony

By Jeff Terich
In a crowded and often unwieldy universe of indie rock—where irony-dispensing frontmen like Stephen Malkmus and Robert Pollard are regarded as patron saints—Future Islands stand out for evoking feelings of sincerity and romanticism. 
Wednesday, August 6,2014
Music feature

Eukaryst pledge their commitment to the riff

San Diego death-metal band takes shredding seriously

By Jeff Terich
At first glance, the members of San Diego death-metal band Eukaryst don’t seem like the type to take themselves too seriously.
Wednesday, July 30,2014
Music feature

Courtney Barnett breaks out

Australian singer / songwriter pairs infectious melodies with peculiar anecdotes

By AnnaMaria Stephens
Barnett’s first EP, I’ve Got a Friend Called Emily Ferris, put her name out there, but the follow-up, How to Carve a Carrot into a Rose—which includes “Avant Gardener” and the infectious “History Eraser”—landed her international acclaim.
Wednesday, July 23,2014
Music feature

The Aquabats are saving the world!

Costumed ska heroes spread a positive message

By Peter Holslin
For some, the image of The Aquabats looms large in the imagination. Years before the advent of YouTube, they made their live show a multimedia experience, with video interludes, onstage battles, bopping beach balls and toddlers crowdsurfing on inflatable rafts.
Friday, July 11,2014
Music feature

Boris’ amplifier worship

Tokyo trio obliterates expectations

By Jeff Terich
 Named after an epic track by The Melvins, Boris isn't a band that entirely makes sense on paper.
Wednesday, July 9,2014
Music feature

Cloud Nothings work hard, play hard

Cleveland indie rockers are light on frills, heavy on melody

By Ben Salmon

Let’s get this out of the way: Dylan Baldi, the founder and core of the Cleveland post-hardcore band Cloud Nothings, is 22 years old.

Wednesday, July 2,2014
Music feature

Wye Oak divide and conquer on new album

Baltimore duo use geographical obstacles to their advantage

By Jeff Terich
Jenn Wasner didn’t play guitars on Wye Oak's Shriek, instead focusing on bass and vocals, while Andy Stack took up synth duties.
Wednesday, June 25,2014
Music feature

Lee Fields’ soul salvation

R&B singer preaches the gospel of feeling good

By Scott McDonald

Lee Fields may have to get a pulpit. The man can preach. Put aside the fiery funk jams and sweet soul serenades that define his remarkable 45-year career—when the veteran singer talks, it’s a different kind of sermon.