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The Coomes Factor

Quasi reaches new heights as its lead man hits his stride.

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Portland was different when Janet Weiss and Sam Coomes arrived in 1989. People were arriving in pre-Nevermind clusters, looking for a small-town music scene. The city offered cheap housing, a grit ...   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2003 Cori Taratoot

Price of FREEDOM

The Long Winters take liberties with their music. Can they take the reaction?

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Freedom makes Long Winters frontman John Roderick giddy. Freedom also makes his bands' records schizophrenic."I've always wanted to make records, and there was always something standing in my way, ...   More
Wednesday, September 17, 2003 Cori Taratoot

Off the Grid

Iceland ether-popsters Mm take electronic music and ground it with tradition.

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Mm's rvar Th-reyjarson Smrason is on a Brooklyn rooftop riding a power-grid high. The Big Blackout may have knocked out NYC, but the Icelander sounds gleeful--in a subdued sort of way. "I lik ...   More
Wednesday, August 27, 2003 Cori Taratoot

The Blackened Heiress

Nina Nastasia builds a dark legacy of unclassifiable songs.

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"The problem with talking about Nina," says Steve Albini, the legendary Chicago recording engineer, "is when you describe her, it sounds like you're describing terrible music. It sounds like you'r ...   More
Wednesday, July 23, 2003 Cori Taratoot

Between Indie Rock and a Hard Place

Lesbofolk? Hipster darlings? Tegan & Sara are trapped between irreconcilable worlds.

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Tegan and Sara Quin can't buy a fair shake.The smart power-pop tracks from the Canadian sisters' second record, If It Was You, want to be hits. They deserve to be hits. In a just and righteous world, ...   More
Wednesday, July 9, 2003 Cori Taratoot
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