Hobey Echlin

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  • 14 years ago

    Like At the Drive-In, . . . And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead are a band of ass-whuppin' Texans with a stupidly great name, turning indie rock on its ear by reaching back to the land that punk forgot. Just as ATDI copped the MC5's 'fros-of...

  • 14 years ago

    Music's sounding pretty That '80s Show these days, and who can blame it? In a culture better at amassing information than knowing how it feels about it, Radiohead's overwhelmed ambivalence is about the only new emotion music can come up with, and ...

  • 14 years ago

    Today's beat klatches have it backward. Instead of using their dancefloor cred to get so popular they can sit back recounting their postpunk, '80s roots with the and-your-point-is obviousness of a Chris Farley interview skit ("Remember we all used...

  • 14 years ago

    Slipknot's Iowa came out just about on the 10th anniversary of Nirvana's Nevermind. Like that record, it tore a noisy hole in the pop-narcotized charts, Soundscanning its first week at #3. The irony of a nine-piece act in jumpsuits and masks (from...

  • 14 years ago

    For a music that started out sounding like George Clinton and Kraftwerk trapped in an elevator, as Derrick May famously described Juan Atkins's early efforts, Detroit techno has aged about as gracefully as Three's Company reruns. Wearing its "clas...

  • 15 years ago

    Growing up outside of Detroit in the '80s, we suburban post-punk rap-o-philes wondered how a city that was 80 percent black and hella-urban with its crack epidemic and larger-than-life dealers (the Chambers Brothers, White Boy Rick) and gangs (Err...


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