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Don't miss: Future of the Left

The best tweet I read during CMJ was from blogger Gorilla Vs. Bear and it read: seems like every single band that every single person has seen at CMJ so far has been "killing it" Took the words right out of my mouth. There was more killing in my...

By David Malitz | October 29, 2009; 10:26 AM ET | Comments (0)

Thee Oh Sees and More: San Francisco Treats

The vastness and connectivity of the Internet has made it easy to hear more music than ever. No shock there. It also makes it easier to notice when something special is happening in a certain town. And that's what's going on in the San Francisco Bay Area right now,...

By David Malitz | October 12, 2009; 01:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

XX Merge Halftime Report

XX Merge isn't your typical festival. It's not a big outdoor event with multiple stages. It's not a city-wide thing with simultaneous shows all over town. It's based at one club (the Cat's Cradle), with a bunch of bands that by no means all sound the same, but are similar...

By David Malitz | July 24, 2009; 08:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best Shows of 2008: Old-Man Version

Don't leave me high, don't leave me dry. (Kyle "Leafblower" Gustafson for TWP) Malitz has weighed in with his annual list of the Top 10 Concerts By Kinda-Sorta Obscure Artists, though he went off-script by putting Kanye West's powerhouse Virgin Mobile Festival set at No. 1. (For my money,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | January 6, 2009; 12:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Best of 2008: Ashton Shepherd

Ashton Shepherd is a 22-year-old Alabama songbird who writes and sings about motherhood, small-town rural life, music, her feisty streak and booze -- not necessarily in that order. Her mission statement: "I like a pint of Crown and a country sound and stayin' out all night." On her debut...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 29, 2008; 11:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

With (Darlene) Love, Another Christmas Gift For You

Last December, with the striking TV writers keeping Darlene Love from making her annual appearance on Letterman to sing the great "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)," I posted a link to Love's knockout 2004 performance of said song on said show. As I noted last year, the song is a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 25, 2008; 08:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Best of 2008: Top 10 Albums and Singles

The Village Voice set today as the ballot-submission deadline for its annual Pazz & Jop Critics' Poll, which meant I finally had to get my Top 10 singles list in order. I had about 60 songs under serious consideration for the 10 slots, and beyond the top two, it became...

By J. Freedom du Lac | December 24, 2008; 04:06 PM ET | Comments (2)

 

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