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December 2014

Indie-Rock

Album Review: Imperial Teen - "Feel the Sound"

February 10, 2012
In true Imperial Teen fashion, they deliver just about the perfect blend of bubblegum fuzz with shimmery guitar, melodic synth, danceable beats, and happier-than-thou harmonies.
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Ani DiFranco: History on Her Side

January 4, 2012
DIY acoustic icon Ani DiFranco reveals how her new Magnatone tremolo addiction, Americana legend Pete Seeger, and her newfound ability to relax inspired the album of her career
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St. Vincent: All-Star Dropout

October 18, 2011
Indie-rock Renaissance woman Annie Clark—aka St. Vincent—muses about her vintage Harmony Bobkat, her Silverface Princeton Reverb, and having the guts to leave Berklee jump-started her career and landed her new album, "Strange Mercy," at No. 19 on the U.S. Charts.
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My Morning Jacket: Gymnasium Americana

June 14, 2011
Jim James and Carl Broemel of the Grammy-nominated My Morning Jacket talk about their treasured tape echo units, the musical magic that happens when you jettison logic, and how tracking live in an old gym helped them create their own universe on "Circuital".
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Ivan Julian: Spleen On His Sleeve

June 14, 2011
Punk veteran Ivan Julian—formerly of Richard Hell & the Voidoids—fesses up about how bassoons, glued-together vintage Strats, Electro-Voice SRO speakers, and acoustic strings on electric guitars led to the magic on his new album, "The Naked Flame".
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Raveonettes: Grave-Pop Serenades

May 17, 2011
The Raveonettes’ Sune Rose Wagner and Sharin Foo talk about their ambient-rock evolution on "Raven in the Grave", strategies for avoiding pattern-based songwriting, and how multiple reverb pedals can create a harmonically raging wall of sound.
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Interview: Moving Mountains - Making Waves

May 4, 2011
Greg Dunn and Frank Graniero of Moving Mountains talk gear, recording, and balancing a full-time tour schedule while still in college.
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J Mascis: Unplugged and Unfazed - But Not Unfuzzed

March 15, 2011
Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis picks up his favorite old Martin and Gibson flattops and recruits a host of friends to put together the lushly orchestrated new "Several Shades of Why."
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Interview: Murder by Death's Adam Turla & Matt Armstrong

July 7, 2010
Murder by Death guitarist Adam Turla and bassist Matt Armstrong discuss the band''s eclectic influences, their gear, and how electric cello fits in the mix.
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Interview: Nels Cline

April 15, 2010
The solo legend and lead guitarist comes clean on his beloved Jazzmaster, why he hates class A amps, and his 13-year-old inner shredder.
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