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July 21, 2000 | by Dan Gross, For the Daily News
SUPERCHUNK, with opening act Rock A Teens, TLA, 334 South St. Showtime: 9 p.m. Tickets: $8 at the door. Info: 215-922-1011. Mac McCaughan sings and plays guitar for Superchunk, a four-piece indie-rock band from Chapel Hill, N.C., whose discs have been released on its own label, Merge, for more than 10 years. How would you describe the scene in Chapel Hill? Is there a lot going on in music that people should know about? Well, as Chapel Hill is a college town with good clubs, radio station, record stores, etc. - there's always a bunch of bands existing here.
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May 5, 1997 | By Sara Sherr, FOR THE INQUIRER
To most of the world, the name Sea and Cake conjures up an image of a self-consciously hip coffee shop that looks like a set for Friends. But to the crowd that packed Silk City on Friday night, it's the upper echelon of Chicago indie rock. Crooner and guitarist Sam Prekop came from the late '80s jazz-folk group Shrimp Boat, guitarist Archer Prewitt from quirky lounge lizards the Coctails, and drummer John McEntire will produce and play on just about any band that will have him, most notably experimental bands such as Tortoise and Gastr Del Sol. In a live setting as well as on its latest offering, The Fawn, Sea and Cake's music is the stuff of lazy afternoons.
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September 5, 2003 | By Steve Klinge FOR THE INQUIRER
In a triple bill made in indie-rock heaven, Guided by Voices, the Shins and My Morning Jacket share the Trocadero stage tonight, each playing for an hour. Given GBV's miniature anthems on the new Earthquake Glue (Matador), the Shins' ringing psychedelic pop on Chutes Too Narrow (due in October on Sub Pop), and MMJ's reverb-drenched Southern rock on It Still Moves (due next week on RCA), it's a chance to sample some of the year's best music. Actually, the bill was made in the Chestnut Street office of Magnet magazine's editors, who conjured it to celebrate the publication's 10th anniversary.
FOOD
November 8, 2007 | By Elisa Ludwig FOR THE INQUIRER
To any home cook who rocks out to a vegetable-prep soundtrack, the idea that music can inspire great food is nothing new. But a few recent and forthcoming cookbooks - I Like Food, Food Tastes Good (Hyperion, 2007); Lost in the Supermarket (Soft Skull, 2008); Please Feed Me: A Punk Vegan Cookbook (Soft Skull, 2004) - are tweaking the idea for indie-rock fans: They're betting on the fact that, in certain circles, a Thai sweet-potato soup is actually more tempting when it's made by the members of the band Belle and Sebastian.
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June 12, 1998 | by Sara Sherr, For the Daily News
Here I go again, writing another eulogy for a beloved local rock band calling it quits. This time it's Caterpillar, giving its last hurrah tonight at The Khyber, (10 p.m., 56 S. 2nd St., 215-238-5888, $5). The Delaware-born Caterpillar formed in the early '90s, taking typical indie rock sounds and mixing them up in untypical ways on two albums and a bazillion singles: Pavement's crooked meanderings, The Feelies' jittery freeze-ups, or the Minutemen's musical high jinks. The fact that the quartet is playing its swan song at the Khyber is appropriate because in the club's heyday, they were the unofficial house band with the perfect soundtrack to dirt, beer, smoke, jumping and shouting.
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May 24, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Two-day passes for Philadelphia's Made in America music festival were set to go on sale at 10 this morning via Ticketmaster and LiveNation.com . Admission for both days of the Sept. 1-2 Parkway party ranges from $99 to $655 for the priciest VIP packages. For details about a shot at the limited number of $99 tickets, check Made in America's Facebook page . Along with Jay-Z's considerable star power and unassailable skills, Made in America mixes in one classic rock-friendly headliner in Pearl Jam with a significant dose of hip-hop, R&B and an especially impressive selection of electronic music, plus a smattering of indie-rock.
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October 16, 2012 | By Jonathan Valania, For The Inquirer
If Calexico were a movie instead of a band, it would be Orson Welles' Touch of Evil – a taut, arty thriller set in a Southwestern border town, full of long shadows and obtuse angles, where evil wears a badge, good men die like dogs, and everyone gets what's coming to him or her in the end. For going on 16 years, Calexico has been trafficking a brand of indie rock aptly described as desert noir - a distinctive blend of spicy mariachi flourishes, campfire...
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February 11, 2001 | By Tom Moon, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
For a while in the '80s and '90s, the American indie-rock world was slacker heaven. It was cool for bands not to care about the details of their music or their Cup-o-Noodles existence. The lazy few with the right blend of rumpled charm and negative ambition ruled a disenfranchised underground, and their primitivist aesthetic, derived from punk, spread like a virus: Those pursuing "cred" couldn't be bothered with growing up, much less anything so banal as getting better on their instruments.
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October 9, 1998 | By Jonathan Valania, FOR THE INQUIRER
In the interest of full disclosure, it should be said here that Liz Phair and I have a history. We used to be involved. Not that I ever met her, but Phair's 1993 debut Exile in Guyville was a plenty intimate encounter - frank and revealing in the way I'm guessing women talk to each other in the ladies' room. I was smitten. Whipsmart came along soon after and things got a little stale between us. We drifted apart and I didn't hear from her in four years. Word through the grapevine was that she got married, had a kid. Then along came the Lilith-friendly, built-for-Triple-A-radio whitechocolatespaceegg, and I realized what different people we had both become.
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January 28, 2005 | By SARA SHERR For the Daily News
If you tried unsuccessfully to see Death From Above 1979 during its packed Vice Records tour at Silk City a month ago, here's your chance again. The Canadian bass-drums duo, who create a heavy-yet-danceable racket, return to Making Time at Transit (9 tonight, 600 Spring Garden St., 215-925-8878, $10 before the band, $8 after, www.igetrvng. com.) Chamber pop ensemble Wayward Wind, which collaborated with the Headlong Dance Theater in "Hotel Pool" at the Live Arts Festival, returns with "Accumulation Process," featuring dancers from Headlong, as well as Jeb Kreager (New Paradise Laboratories)
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July 13, 2013 | By Steve Klinge, For The Inquirer
The rain held off. The temperature was warm but comfortable, the music breezy and familiar, as the Mann Center kicked off the second year of the Skyline Stage series Wednesday night, with two of indie rock's most beloved bands, Belle & Sebastian and Yo La Tengo. Glasgow's Belle & Sebastian haven't released an album since 2010's Write About Love . (They have a collection of B-sides and remixes coming next month.) This lack of new material meant they would "traipse through the Belle & Sebastian back-catalogue," as leader Stuart Murdoch said.
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October 16, 2012 | By Jonathan Valania, For The Inquirer
If Calexico were a movie instead of a band, it would be Orson Welles' Touch of Evil – a taut, arty thriller set in a Southwestern border town, full of long shadows and obtuse angles, where evil wears a badge, good men die like dogs, and everyone gets what's coming to him or her in the end. For going on 16 years, Calexico has been trafficking a brand of indie rock aptly described as desert noir - a distinctive blend of spicy mariachi flourishes, campfire...
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July 20, 2012
Firefly Music Festival The East Coast finally gets a weekend-long festival to compete with Bonnaroo and Coachella. The Firefly Music Festival brings nearly 50 bands to the 87-acre Woodlands of Dover International Speedway, in Dover, Del., midway among Philly, Baltimore, and Washington, with headlining sets from Jack White (Friday), the Killers (Saturday), and the Black Keys (Sunday). The lineup leans toward indie rock, with a balance of veterans (the Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse, Death Cab for Cutie, the Wallflowers, Cake)
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May 24, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Two-day passes for Philadelphia's Made in America music festival were set to go on sale at 10 this morning via Ticketmaster and LiveNation.com . Admission for both days of the Sept. 1-2 Parkway party ranges from $99 to $655 for the priciest VIP packages. For details about a shot at the limited number of $99 tickets, check Made in America's Facebook page . Along with Jay-Z's considerable star power and unassailable skills, Made in America mixes in one classic rock-friendly headliner in Pearl Jam with a significant dose of hip-hop, R&B and an especially impressive selection of electronic music, plus a smattering of indie-rock.
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May 23, 2012 | By Dan DeLuca, INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
Pearl Jam, the Seattle grunge survivors fronted by Eddie Vedder who closed down the Spectrum in South Philadelphia in 2009 with four sold-out shows, will headline the "Made in America" festival in Philadelphia on Sept. 1 and 2 along with Jay-Z. Other notable acts added to the lineup on Monday included Skrillex, the electronic producer and DJ (born Sonny Moore) who won three Grammy Awards this year and has become the face of dubstep, the throbbing, bass-heavy dance music; Maybach Music, the alliance of hip-hop heavyweight Rick Ross, Washington rapper Wale, and Philadelphia's Meek Mill; the formerly reclusive, now resurgent soul man D'Angelo; Dutch DJ Afrojack; the acclaimed Brooklyn indie-rock band Dirty Projectors; genre-smashing avant-pop acts Janelle Monáe and Santigold (the Philadelphia-reared songwriter Santi White)
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April 13, 2012 | Howard Gensler
Music The Sound of Two Listening to Bad Veins' keening sweet new album "The Mess We've Made," it's hard to believe just two guys — Benjamin Davis (vocalist, keyboard guitar) and Sebastian Schutz (drums) — are producing this grand pop candy. Performing live they're joined by their reel-to-reel tape recorder named Irene, often cited as a third group member. With the Fleeting Ends and Cold Fronts. Milkboy Philly, 1100 Chestnut St., 9:30 p.m. Friday, $10, 215-925-MILK, www.milkboyphilly.com.
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November 16, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Given the hard times that have hit the music and publishing industries in recent years, it wasn't so shocking when Magnet, the national indie-rock magazine based in Philadelphia, put out what looked like its final print issue in 2008 and became a Web-only publication. "The music industry was in the toilet, and we were able to weather that," says Magnet editor Eric T. Miller, who in 1993 cofounded the magazine. (John Cusack was reading it in publicity shots for the 2000 movie adaptation of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity . "And then the magazine industry was in the toilet, and we were able to weather that - for a while.
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May 15, 2011 | By Dan DeLuca, Inquirer Music Critic
Last summer, the Mann Center for the Performing Arts brought in Grammy winners-to-be Arcade Fire and '90s rockers Pavement in a bid to establish the Fairmount Park amphitheater as the go-to open-air venue for indie-rock acts that have outgrown the club circuit. This year, its pop partnership with promoter AEG Live has lined up more choice indie bookings. Omaha songsmith Conor Oberst and his band Bright Eyes play June 10, with country-rock harmonizers Dawes and ace guitarist-producer M. Ward opening.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 20, 2008 | By Dan DeLuca INQUIRER MUSIC CRITIC
When Katie White and Jules De Martino - collectively, the Ting Tings - did the South by Southwest Musical Festival in Austin, Texas, in March, the British indie pop duo who play here Saturday were keeping up a torrid schedule in support of their perky debut album, We Started Nothing, released this month. "We were doing three gigs a days under that heat," remembers De Martino, 34, talking on the phone last week from Los Angeles, where the band was getting set to perform a punked-up version of Altered Images' 1981 hit "Happy Birthday" on the too-cool-for-preschool Nickelodeon kids show Yo Gabba Gabba!
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