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The Darrell Hammond Project Jan 31, 2015

Darrell Hammond, the longest-tenured cast member in the history of Saturday Night Live, tells his own life story in a one-man show.

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Wednesday, January 28,2015
Music feature

You Blew It! rise up from the basement

Florida indie-rock group rides the emo-revival crest

By Peter Holslin
You Blew It! started as a side project in 2009, and the band’s gone through a lot in the six years since—including something like 12 lineup changes, Jones says.
Tuesday, January 20,2015
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The pernicious visions of Cult of Youth

New York group showcases an accessible darkness

By Jeff Terich
In early 2014, when Sean Ragon was writing the songs that would become Final Days, New York post-punk group Cult of Youth’s fourth album, he was struck by an eerie and overwhelming feeling—a feeling that everything in his life was about to go suddenly, horribly wrong.
Wednesday, January 14,2015
Music feature

Russian Circles practice heavy diplomacy

Chicago group celebrates 10 years of burly bummers

By Ben Salmon
Chicago post-metal trio Russian Circles don’t so much write songs as build them, piece by piece.
Wednesday, January 7,2015
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Eric Church is an alternative to bro-country

His new album ‘The Outsiders’ is more rock, less schlock

By Jeff Terich

Eric Church certainly has room for growth ahead of him, he’s already left a heavy impact by offering an ambitious alternative to mainstream country.

Monday, December 29,2014
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The best albums of 2014

Eight CityBeat writers pick their albums of the year

By CityBeat Staff
Punk rock has always supposedly been the voice of the maligned, yet it's always generally catered to the straight, white, aggro male. Transgender Dysphoria Blues—the first record Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace wrote since transitioning to a woman—truly delivers on the potential of punk rock's promise.
Monday, December 22,2014
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The persistent pulse of Cumbia Machin

Joaquin Hernandez trades drumsticks for samplers

By Jeff Terich
Joaquin Hernandez has spent most of his adult life behind a drum set. As a teenager, he started playing in punk group Chicken Farm and opened for bands like The Dead Milkmen and Green Day. 
Tuesday, December 16,2014
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Idyll Wild builds a rich sonic world

Quintet takes time to get their sound right

By Jeff Terich
When the members of Idyll Wild close the door to their cozy Ocean Beach studio and rehearsal space, the outside world disappears.
Wednesday, December 10,2014
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Johnny Marr hits his solo stride

Former Smiths guitarist moves beyond his storied past

By Scott McDonald

Johnny Marr has new goals. You’d think the guitarist for The Smiths would be content more than 30 years into his storied career. He’s not.

Wednesday, December 3,2014
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The sun-baked sound of Allah-Las

L.A. psych-rockers navigate the eternal summer

By Scott McDonald
A band like Allah-Las couldn’t come from Brooklyn. They couldn’t be from Austin or Portland or any other hipster-band enclave across the country. They’re just too California.
Wednesday, November 26,2014
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Pallbearer transcend through doom

Arkansas metal band thinks outside the riff

By Peter Holslin

 Pallbearer, a metal quartet from Little Rock, Arkansas, have sadness and loss encoded in their name.