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Josh Duke: Bonus Tracks – Dec. 30, 2009

Y’ou know, when we’ve hit an era of war, high gas prices, scarce commodities, and a global economic meltdown that scares the bejeezus out of over the most stalwart of the white-haired, money-grubbing elite, you would think pop music would be better by now. Until now, history has shown us such; 12 years of conservative administrations and paltry, for-nothing military exercises in a myriad of third-world nations thankfully had the added side effect of giving us a reason to like Nirvana and Sonic Youth. The converse also seemed true, as eight years of Slick Willie gave rise to a new crop of boy bands, teen pop stars and soaring subscriptions to Tiger Beat. If I thought it would have helped to avoid all that, I would have told my parents to vote for Bob Dole. Read the rest of this entry »


Josh Duke: Bonus Tracks – July 8, 2008

I know you all think I’m a hater. I know you all think I‘m some kind of sour-puss that hates on everybody that isn’t in Strix Vega. Believe it or not, there are a few bands that I am impressed by. Not only is it rare for me to be impressed by a band, but rarer still is it for me to admit that they do. Saturday night I went to Mosgo’s with the lowest of expectations, not holding my breath for anything exciting. Read the rest of this entry »

Jennifer Savage: The Beat Nun – April 29, 2008

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Last week, we highlighted Maddy Shernock, The Beat Nun. She’s been playing music her whole life – dad’s in Play Dead and introduced her to the Kodály Method, plus she’s been part of Redwood Children’s Chorus since she was two. Now 18, Maddy ended up with the Beat Nun moniker thanks to a friend who argued Beat poetry facts with her. Maddy insists her live shows (next one, Saturday at Muddy’s) are better than her recorded music (of which she has a great deal), but even her MySpace site overflows with lovely melodies, sparsely constructed, but layered to create a compelling complexity some compare – reasonably – to Coco Rosie.

“I can’t describe it,” Maddy said. “You just have to listen.”

Listen now.

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