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From the Archives: Violent Femmes – They’ve still got it

Gordon Gano is developing a few wrinkles, Brian Ritchie looks as though he’s building up a bit of a double chin and Guy Hoffman’s thinning hair is streaked with gray. Time is showing on these three musicians, but even if they’re getting a little older, the Violent Femmes rock. As the band showed Friday night […]

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From the Archives: Prescott Band Bueno Makes Punk Rock Political

Standing outside Tucson’s Rialto Theatre, Ryan Kosel takes off his shirt and flexes his biceps. His bandmates erupt with laughter at his lack of muscle. “He’s a lifeless gelatinous mold,” says drummer Mike Thompson. Singer and guitarist Brian Gianelli jokes that “It’s just not happening.” Although Kosel’s skinny white physique is cause for laughter for […]

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From the Archives: Prescott band thriving on punk’s biggest stage

With his fingers flying across the strings of his bass guitar and his hair soaked to his face, Ryan Kosel has taken a huge step closer to his dream. Kosel, a University of Arizona undeclared sophomore, and his punk band, Bueno, have embarked on a whirlwind trek across the Southwest as a part of this […]

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From the Archives: Tom Waits live in El Paso

From the Archives: Tom Waits live in El Paso

My companions for the trip to El Paso were a guitar player, a pizza maker and a guy who drives trains, fitting because that’s exactly the type of rag-tag company I imagine Tom Waits likes to keep. Inside the magnificent restored Plaza Theatre, Waits took his place on a slightly elevated platform, center stage and […]

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From the Archives: The Lost Dutchman Tapes

From the Archives: The Lost Dutchman Tapes

I had this notion a while back to write a story or screenplay or something about an imagined future for Kurt Cobain, a skewed and new reality in which he decided to just hide out for a while instead of ending it all. This future takes his anguish and dries it out, puts Kurt in […]

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From the Archives: The Knitters – Let the circle be unbroken

Last night down at the Rialto, I caught the Knitters – a collective of veteran punk rockers lighting country music on fire for the sheer enjoyment of it all. Anchored by Dave Alvin’s blazing guitar and a tight rockabilly rhythm section, the band’s true brilliance is the same as it is for X – John […]

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From the Archives: X live

“Reunion” shows are typically transparent attempts to cash in on the money-to-spare, now-that-the-kids-are-gone Boomers who once made up what may well have been a fairly intense fan base at one time. And then there’s X, a band that gave the American West its own form of punk rock – and while the region may have […]

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From the Archives: James McMurtry live

From the Archives: James McMurtry live

Saturating myself with James McMurtry‘s Just Us Kids for the past two weeks paid off big-time tonight as the Austin singer leaned heavy on the new record, playing eight of the album’s 12 cuts. It’s an incredibly strong record, and McMurtry brought it to the stage smoothly, with his Texas drawl right at the center […]

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From the Archives: Paul Simon – You’re The One

The opening lines of You’re The One provide a wonderful description of Paul Simon’s 30-plus years as a singer-songwriter. “Somewhere in a burst of glory/Sound becomes a song/I’m bound to tell a story/That’s where I belong,” he sings to introduce his first studio album since 1990’s Rhythm of the Saints. Like that album and his […]

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From the Archives: Jimmy Eat World – Bleed American

With the stunning Bleed American, national recognition can’t be far off for Mesa’s Jimmy Eat World. The latest offering from Jim Adkins’ quartet arrives with a pop sheen blended among its indie/punk/emo sound. Dropped from Capitol Records after two albums, Static Prevails and Clarity, despite the moderate hit “Lucky Denver Mint,” the members of Jimmy […]

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