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The Rockometer: Imitations by Mark Lanegan

                Mark Lanegan Imitations Vagrant Records So, three men in ...
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Clap Your Hands Say Stars: I Rock Cleveland DJ’s The Beachland (a Playlist)

Last night I dj'd the Beachland Tavern, before, between, and after Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Stars. It went something like this: 1. Supersu...
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Play Me: “Gitar Damage Pt 1” by Purling Hiss

Don't laugh. It could happen someday. You could be at the bar between bands chatting about Philly Rock 'N' Roll and you could drop names like ...
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Jam Packed Monday feat. Tropic of Cancer, Pelican, Future of the Left, Odonis Odonis, Dead Gaze, Grails, and Darkside

Sweater weather calls for sweater songs and Tropic of Cancer's "Court of Devotion" is my kind of sweater song. The pairing of Camella Lobo's ...
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Riot Fest Sunday Night: The Replacements

The abridged history of The Replacements goes something like this: Beloved underground rockers from Minneapolis have a real shot at greatness, ...
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Riot Fest Sunday: Not the Replacements

I'm sorry, Bob. I'm sorry, Laura Jane Grace. I'm sorry, Rocket From the Crypt. I don't know your names, but your matching mariachi outfits were ...
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Riot Fest Saturday Night: Blondie, Rancid, and Violent Femmes

First off, I haven't a clue what Debbie Harry was wearing when she took the Roots Stage on Saturday night. It looked like a graduation gown. ...
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Riot Fest Saturday: Dinosaur, Jr, Guided by Voices, and FLAG

Coming into Riot Fest Chicago, I had planted all of these clever alternate festival names in my mind, like Who Let the Olds Out, Moms-And-Dad...
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