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Sondre Lerche
Sondre Lerche
Sondre Lerche

A native of Norway, Sondre Lerche took his first guitar lesson at age eight, wrote his first song when he was 14 and released his first album when he was 19. Now turning 30, the singer-songwriter is preparing to reissue several...

 
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Guided by Voices, Rich Turiel
Guided by Voices, Rich Turiel
Guided by Voices, Rich Turiel

When we saw Dayton’s Guided by Voices play a farewell tour in 2004, we figured that it was it. Each show was epic in nature and we didn’t think frontman Bob Pollard had it in him to tour and record with the same regularity. We ...

 
 
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The Dictator - BANNED & UNRATED Version (Two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
The Dictator - BANNED & UNRATED Version (Two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)
The Dictator - BANNED & UNRATED Version (Two-disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo + Digital Copy)

Just out on DVD, The Dictator (The Dictator - BANNED & UNRATED Version) doesn’t represent funnyman Sacha Baron Cohen (Borat, Bruno) at his best. The extended cut adds about 20 minutes, but that’s not a good thing.

 
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The Afghan Whigs at Lollapalooza 2012 (photo by Whopperjaw)
The Afghan Whigs at Lollapalooza 2012 (photo by Whopperjaw)
The Afghan Whigs at Lollapalooza 2012 (photo by Whopperjaw)

Since reuniting eight months ago, The Afghan Whigs have been on a roll. The band played a well-received set earlier this month at Lollapalooza that was followed by a sold-out show at Chicago’s Metro. The guys have just returned...

 
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Guantanamo School of Medicine photo by Elizabeth Sloan
Guantanamo School of Medicine photo by Elizabeth Sloan
Guantanamo School of Medicine photo by Elizabeth Sloan

Former Dead Kennedys singer Jello Biafra has had a prolific career ever since the band dissolved in 1986, which happened just before we had a chance to see them play live. (Thanks mom and dad for not giving us permission to see...

 
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Singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw
Singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw
Singer-songwriter Marshall Crenshaw

We had an opportunity to talk to singer-songwriter (and actor) Marshall Crenshaw for an article for a weekly paper. There won’t be room to print the entire interview, so we decided to post the rest of it here. Crenshaw  is curr...

 
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Perry Farrell on stage in Cleveland, 2012
Perry Farrell on stage in Cleveland, 2012
Perry Farrell on stage in Cleveland, 2012

“I am very tempted to buy a t-shirt,” my friend Bob said last night at the Jane’s Addiction outdoor show in Cleveland. “But I am a little afraid it’ll date me.” Formed in 1985, for many, Jane...

 
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At the Drive-In
At the Drive-In
At the Drive-In

Sunday’s headliners at Day three of Lollapalooza provided another study in contrasts. On one end of Grant Park, singer-guitarist Jack White of White Stripes/Raconteurs/Dead Weather fame played a solo show that touched on a litt...

 
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Il Divo Live
Il Divo Live
Il Divo Live

We recently interviewed Sébastien Izambard, the successful French pop artist who left his solo career behind to join three other singers in Il Divo, a multi-national operatic classical crossover group assembled by curmudgeonly ...

 
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Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers
Flea, Red Hot Chili Peppers

Day two of Lollapalooza was cut in two by a huge mid-afternoon thunderstorm that ripped through the city. The storm was so ominous, the festival grounds had to be evacuated until the rain passed. That’s no easy task given that ...