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  • 11 years ago

    Franz Ferdinand are the archest dukes in U.K. pop right now, four Glasgow boys who have gone from indie darlings to mainstream heartthrobs over the past six months. They've got the package: foppish pouts, sideways haircuts, drainpipe trousers, new...

  • 12 years ago

    Some bad singers whine and moan. Some bad singers wheeze and groan. Some bad singers wait to exhale. Others work the soulful wail. Some testify, and some emote. Others sugar every note. Some sing too little, some sing too much, some sing "Sometime...

  • 15 years ago

    The Dropkick Murphys are wild colonial boys bred and buttered in Boston, a seven-man band who've fleshed out their trad-punk stomp with bagpipes and tin whistle and mandolin and a bogload of Oi!-rish shtick. They're protégés of Ranci...

  • 17 years ago

    In his liner notes to The Mountain, Steve Earle explains his goal in making a bluegrass album: "I wanted to write just one song that would be performed by at least one band at every bluegrass festival in the world long after I have followed Mr. Bi...

  • 17 years ago

    I can hear you/Can you hear me?" Michael Stipe sang on the first R.E.M. album, and he's probably spent a chunk of the past 15 years wishing he'd kept his pretty mouth shut. Few rock stars have been mind-read and decoded over the years like Stipe, ...

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