Franz Ferdinand: Embracing and Escaping the Night

January 31, 2009

By Luke Pimentel, Editor

January 31, 2009

“I sit and hear sentimental footsteps, then a voice say, “Hi, so?  So what you got? What you got this time?  Come on, let’s get high…”

So begins “Ulysses”, the opening track off LP number three from Franz Ferdinand, Glasgow’s finest and most ambitious quartet of snarky dance-rockers.  The line sounds like something spat from the mouth of an anonymous fan demanding more of the hooky hijinks that made the band’s 2004 debut a triple-platinum seller around the world, and lead singer Alex Kapranos takes care to sing it with an appropriately contemptuous sneer in his voice.

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Visionary and Visual: Looking Back on “Yes We Can” as Obama’s “I Have a Dream”

January 19, 2009

By Andrew William Smith, Editor

January 19, 2009

Rhetoric holds power. The primal matter of political meaning fused to my consciousness at a very young age, sitting on the living room carpet in my childhood home in Cleveland, Ohio. My folks had an old vinyl record with the landmark speeches of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and I wore that thing out sitting on that floor, often crying, often memorizing the words as this audio replica of King spoke them.

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“Under Lincoln’s Unblinking Eyes”: U2 Welcome the Obama Era

January 19, 2009

By Andrew William Smith, Editor

January 19, 2009

U2 rocked the nation’s capitol as part of a pre-inauguration parade of pop stars called “We Are One.” Held under Lincoln’s statuesque presence, the daytime concert entertained thousands wrapped in winter wear and thousands more listening on the radio or watching on television. Rips of the various songs were soon available on YouTube for those of us who missed the various live broadcasts.

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U2 & Rolling Stone Magazine Break Down the New Record

January 9, 2009

January 9, 2009

Rolling Stone Magazine

(Rollingstone.com)

In early December, Rolling Stone traveled to London to visit U2 in the studio as Bono and Co. worked on the upcoming No Line on the Horizon. The journey was as spellbinding and energizing as you might imagine, and you’ll be able to read all about it when our new issue hits newsstands on Wednesday, January 7th.

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Suffer For Passion: of Montreal’s Magical Musical Tour

January 7, 2009

By Andrew William Smith, Editor

Photos by Patty Arriagada

January 7, 2009

Is it the circus of sound or a club show or what? Amid a cloud of preening pomp, the Athens, Georgia entourage known as of Montreal push the boundaries of rock performance. Fronted by the fabulously dressed and fantastically dramatic Kevin Barnes, of Montreal expand aesthetic definitions and defy current indie rock staples like beards and denim. Unlike the always cloudy clout of the new Seattle sound, this southern quintet lets the sun shine into even the most warped and introspective reflections.

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