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Andrew Lentz

Pastiche Party

With their designer-vintage threads, flippant attitude, and ability to cherry-pick the best bits from the last 40 years of British and American rock and bake th...
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Ministry's Last Sermons

Just when you thought Al Jourgensen was rotting away in a prison or busted in a drug sting, Ministry whips out The Last Sucker, the final installment in a Bush-...
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Evil Hamburgers

ELECTRIC SIX, ROCK KILLS KID at the Key Club, March 10 Rock Kills Kid made me giggle, the way singer Jeff Tucker caressed the microphone like a lover while the keyboardist acted like a $300 ski jacket and scarf were the most natural things in the world to rock out......
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Friday, Jan. 27

FRIDAY, January 27Blixa Bargeld, F-Space, Savage Republic, The Centimeters at the Echo On the whole, this bill’s so-called extreme musicians are hypnotizing, frequently charming, seldom grating and oftentimes beautiful — even without the Burning Man–style spectacle accompanying them in the past. Einstürzende Neubauten’s Blixa Bargeld hijacks the evening with a......
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Growled Lang Syne

DONITA SPARKS at Spaceland, December 31Executing one of the most perfectly timed entrances in rock-show history, ex-L7 tigress Donita Sparks, resplendent in chrome bullet belt and freshly peroxided shag cut, took to the stage with literally 15 seconds till midnight as her band and a good-size audience — complimentary flutes......
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Lady Spice

“I’m not just a grime artist, I just happen to rhyme with my words and have a flow like.” Thus spake Lady Sovereign — the diminutive London MC who’s about to make some noise in this country — on the phone from London. Fellow Brit-hopper M.I.A. has also resisted the......
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More Viola! More!

Photo by Wild Don Lewis HIDDEN CAMERAS, HEY WILLPOWER at the Echo, February 11 Newbie Frisco dance-popsters Hey Willpower are living proof that we will freak it to anything as long as you don’t call it electroclash — even if that’s precisely what it is. Bespectacled keyboardist/programmer Tomo, in a......
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Elation: Still Possible!

Photo by Wild Don Lewis ALL TOMORROW’S PARTIES at the Queen Mary, November 7 With a certain born-again thug having reclaimed the Oval Office, the ’04 All Tomorrow’s Parties lacked the music-can-change-the-world urgency of previous installments. Nevertheless, Sunday’s cross section of musical retoolers reminded us that presidential terms are only......
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Amalgamated Cure

Photo by Jelle Wagenaar INTERPOL, SECRET MACHINES at the Wiltern, October 28 Of the oodles of retro-reveling acts who’ve strutted out of New York over the past three years, Interpol are the best equipped — in terms of tunes, talent and identity — to establish a multidisc dynasty. Their newly......
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Workingman’s Metal

Photos by Wild Don Lewis LABOR DAY METAL MASSACRE at La Hacienda Real, September 6 You didn’t need to book a flight for remote Northern European cities to witness topnotch extreme metal on this Labor Day. Inside this dank grotto, some two dozen of the genre’s sickest puppies (many from......