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2010 Stories by Johnny Loftus

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  • Strapping Fieldhands

    published September 29, 2010

    Strapping Fieldhands really should have gotten more of that considerable love for Guided by Voices. The Philadelphia quintet had a solid run in... More >>

  • Miranda Lambert

    published September 22, 2010

    "Roadside Bars & Pink Guitars," the subtitle of Miranda Lambert's recent tour, is pretty well zeroed in on her demographic. Sure, she originally... More >>

  • Efterklang+Buke & Gass

    published September 22, 2010

    It seems about right that Efterklang is fresh from performing at The Wire's Adventures in Modern Music Festival in Chicago. The Danish... More >>

  • Basia Bulat

    published September 15, 2010

    After a ton of touring that earned her recognition the old-fashioned way, Toronto-based singer/songwriter Basia Bulat followed Oh, My... More >>

  • 'Brooklyn Country Music Festival'

    published September 1, 2010

    Entering its seventh year, the Brooklyn Country Music Festival doesn't water down its whiskey. "All acts are guaranteed to be local, original, and... More >>

  • Thomas Function

    published September 1, 2010

    Having rocked their way out of Huntsville, Alabama, with a hearty handful of yelpy-bright harmonies, gloriously treble-heavy guitars--as if too... More >>

  • Today is the Day

    published August 25, 2010

    Steve Austin is a man barely interested in defining his band Today Is the Day. Over the past 20 years, he's barreled through the metal,... More >>

  • The Do

    published August 25, 2010

    Lauded upon its 2008 release in France, where they're based, the duo of Olivia Merilahti and Dan Levy--the Do--have garnered a good bit of Web and... More >>

  • Orphan+Eric Copeland+Bad Dream

    published August 18, 2010

    Dude, stabbed in the skull! YOWCH. That's how the video clip for Orphan's new "Soda Pressing" climaxes, with drummer Speck Brown spattering... More >>

  • Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo

    published August 18, 2010

    A recent daytime television slog included Rachael Ray sitting on stools with a radiant Pat Benatar. Benatar could have appeared on her legacy... More >>

  • Mindy Smith

    published August 18, 2010

    After a few years spent exploring the rope-burn line between country and pop with confidence, insight, and a bit of sweet swagger, Mindy Smith... More >>

  • Das Racist+BBU+Lionshare

    published August 11, 2010

    The "Dude! Sweet!" idiocy of "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" still lingers, just like the gut bomb residue of a wee hours feed-bag session... More >>

  • Psychic Steel+Fielded+Lichens

    published August 11, 2010

    Night of a thousand noisemakers! Well, more like three. But to experience the weird grace, grainy imagery, and page-turning tumult of Chicago... More >>

  • Marah

    published August 11, 2010

    Life Is a Problem, Marah's tenth album, is full of the band's familiar mores, which include bashing, well-thumbed rockers, hearty folk and... More >>

  • Maps & Atlases

    published August 4, 2010

    A Chicago combo that's been making the scene quite nicely with their debut full-length, Perch Patchwork, Maps & Atlases bend that ampersand... More >>

  • The Hounds Below

    published August 4, 2010

    While it still hinges on the bracing, reverb-y wallow of Jason Stollsteimer's vocals, the Hounds Below's sound is fuller, bolder, and less... More >>

  • '1000Knives & BrooklynVegan Present Unsane'

    published July 27, 2010

    Sometimes you see a shifty car out there on the streets—say, a rust-flaked, decades-old Pontiac Parisienne—and the single, clear thought... More >>

  • Joan as Police Woman+Metric+Holly Miranda

    published July 27, 2010

    Joan Wasser's work as Joan as Policewoman is a great example of an artist using "understated" to her advantage. While Wasser is renowned for her... More >>

  • Child Bite

    published July 20, 2010

    Living Breathing Organ Summer, the latest from Detroit-based ADD punks Child Bite, actually eases up a bit on the wacko gas pedal, taking... More >>

  • The Gories+Jimmy Ohio

    published July 20, 2010

    They probably just got tired of reading about how awesome they were. After a round of reunion shows in 2009, Detroit garage-punk core samplers the... More >>

  • Black Keys+the Morning Benders

    published July 20, 2010

    With Brothers, their most recent release, the Black Keys find blues rock more malleable than ever. In the same way no one even remembers... More >>

  • 'VANS Warped Tour'

    published July 13, 2010

    Despite the lyrics of "Fat Lip," Sum 41's raucous 2001 single, no one at Warped Tour is sick of being told to act their age. As the perennial punk... More >>

  • 'Siren Festival After Party Presents We Are Scientists'

    published July 13, 2010

    We Are Scientists change very little on Barbara, their newest and fourth album. Well, they added Andy Burrows on drums, formerly of... More >>

  • 'An Evening with Sting & the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra'

    published July 6, 2010

    Patronizing in many ways, "An evening with..." as a phrase that pays for the marketing of live music should really be stuffed into an industrial... More >>

  • Unrest+Tuscadero

    published June 29, 2010

    Remember the Teenbeat 20th Anniversary shows? Why does 2005 feel more distant than 1992, when Unrest was at the height of their crystalline,... More >>

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