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Michael Perry May 27, 2015 The radio host, songwriter, and bestselling author will sign and discuss The Jesus Cow, a comical novel about a cow whose fur has a pattern that resembles Jesus.  64 other events on Wednesday, May 27
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Wednesday, May 27,2015
Music feature

Spoon goes back to basics

Long-running indie rock group finds its soul

By Ben Salmon
The “lonely” (Daniel’s word) process of self-producing Transference also led to the decision to work with two big name producers for its follow-up, They Want My Soul, which Spoon released last year through Loma Vista Recordings after putting out five albums on venerable indie label Merge Records.
Wednesday, May 20,2015
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Royal Thunder sheds their skin

Atlanta-based hard rock outfit’s path of personal growth

By Jeff Terich
Before writing and recording new album Crooked Doors, Mlny Parsonz, frontwoman of Atlanta-based hard rock outfit Royal Thunder, went through a pretty intense period of life change.
Wednesday, May 13,2015
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Ex Hex work hard, play hard

Washington trio hold their power pop to a high standard

By Jeff Terich
On Ex Hex’s debut album Rips, released last year on Merge Records, you won’t find a single note out of place. Each of its 12 tracks is concise and streamlined (not a single one pushing the four-minute mark), and there are almost no sounds on the record that weren’t made by guitar, bass, drums or human voice.
Wednesday, May 6,2015
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The Sonics are still booming

Pioneering garage punks back after crazy hiatus

By Scott McDonald
Even on the phone, Larry Parypa’s natural cool is unmistakable. The guitarist and founder of ’60s garage rock pioneers The Sonics is direct, devoid of pretense and unfazed by his band’s astonishing resurgence in recent years.
Wednesday, April 29,2015
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Lightning Bolt’s empire of noise

Providence duo are busting eardrums for the long haul

By Jeff Terich
Staying fresh as a band for 20 years is difficult, no matter what you sound like. But when you’re a band like Providence, Rhode Island duo Lightning Bolt—with all their frenetic, high-energy sounds coming from just bass, drums and vocals—the challenge grows all the more daunting.
Wednesday, April 22,2015
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Waxahatchee keeps it like a secret

Katie Crutchfield creates a world of lush, intimate songs

By Jeff Terich
It’s not all about Katie Crutchfield. The 26-year-old Philadelphia singer/songwriter, who performs and records under the name Waxahatchee, has released three albums of detailed and intimate indie-pop songs that sometimes feel like closely held secrets.
Wednesday, April 15,2015
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Young Fathers go pop

Mercury Prize-winning Edinburgh trio challenges the mainstream

By Jeff Terich
Kayus Bankole has a bone to pick with pop. In a Skype call from Edinburgh, the musician, who makes up one-third of U.K. eclectic pop/hip-hop trio Young Fathers, vents about the narrow conception in media outlets (radio, TV music channels) of what pop should be. 
Tuesday, April 7,2015
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Father John Misty sings about love, warts and all

'I Love You Honeybear' about “the horror show of human experience”

By Peter Holslin
It's a Wednesday afternoon, and Josh Tillman is in a glade. A lemon glade, to be exact. The 33-year-old songwriter, better known as Father John Misty, is speaking to me by phone from another part of the country.
Wednesday, April 1,2015
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Sure Fire Soul Ensemble bring funk to San Diego

Nine-piece group provides a soulful soundtrack

By Jeff Terich
Nine-piece instrumental funk outfit The Sure Fire Soul Ensemble doesn’t share much in common with blink, Mraz or Bob Marley, but since forming in 2012, they’ve been offering their own unique soundtrack to their home city. 
Wednesday, March 25,2015
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Pile is a band of perpetual nervousness

Boston band mixes volume with anxiety

By Jeff Terich
Listen to “The World is Your Motel,” the first track on Pile’s You’re Better Than This, and you’ll hear a lot of intense sounds exploding from the band’s instruments all at once.