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The Ramones of post-rock

Jazzy Tortoise takes The Catastrophist to Belly Up on Tuesday

Jeff Parker officially joined Tortoise on January 1, 1997. He had been playing in an unofficial capacity with the band for some time before that. He sat in during hometown gigs in their native Chicago ...

Dispensary rock

Hard-rock Canada band Black Mountain returns with IV

Black Mountain is back in action with a new record, IV, after a relatively quiet four years. The group was last heard from in 2012 on their soundtrack to the post-apocalyptic surf film Year Zero. ...

Stay out of East Miramar

Hikers, bikers, beware

Please: More signs on the edge of the Marines’ Miramar base.

Forest friends

Al Howard among the Redwoods

The prolific Alfred Howard has started yet another band. The new project has been christened “Cardinal Moon” and is a collaboration between Howard and singer/songwriter Dawn Mitschele. “Dawn is a tremendous songwriter and lyricist and ...

The synesthetic Splavender

San Diego prog-pop quartet plays for beer — literally

Danny Ellis attended Valhalla High School, where he sang tenor in the choir. It was a rewarding experience, one that sent him to Europe three times. “I sang at the Vatican, all around Rome, Germany, ...

Scum, Rise!

Post-punks Protomartyr pack Soda Bar

Detroit quartet Protomartyr delivered a blistering set of post-punk goodness to Soda Bar. The band performed selections from all three of their albums, which the packed house lapped up like enthusiastic Rottweilers. Vocalist Joe Casey’s ...

Getting personal with Waxahatchee

Indie hit Katie Crutchfield talks full band versus rolling solo, and writing on the road

After releasing two lo-fi solo albums on independent label Don Giovanni, Katie Crutchfield delivered her musical project, Waxahatchee, to a larger home. Her first release on Merge Records was last year’s Ivy Tripp — a ...

This city is brutal

Booking = Gambling

Soda Bar booker Cory Stier put it best when he described his job as akin to running around like headless poultry. Look for the following five decapitated chickens to continue to run their butts off ...

Protomartyr's beauty amidst ruin

Post-punk quartet rocks songs that resemble its hometown of Detroit

Before Protomartyr was a band, Joe Casey would build up a little whiskey courage and sing a couple songs with one his favorite local Detroit acts, Butt Babies. The younger musicians had befriended Casey and ...

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