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Cursive’s Mind Meld, Replacements’ Old School, Hoshaw’s New Tattoo

Before we get started, Happy Thanksgiving from Lazy-i. Here's hoping you got plenty of good music in '11 to be thankful for. I know I did.

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I’ve read the description of Cursive’s just-announced concept album, I Am Gemini, a half dozen times and it’s still disturbing. The story: Twin brothers separated at birth, one good and one evil, have an unexpected reunion that “ignites a classic struggle for the...

News: Gus & Call, MAHA, Capgun Coup, Cursive & The Replacements

Before we start plowing through the year-end minutia that will be inundating us for the next month and a half, here are some "newsy" items that have been dying to get squeezed into the column before they fall between the cracks.

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Gus & Call (former members of Bear Country) announcing that they will have a residency at Slowdown throughout the month of December was, by itself, a big deal. Add to that the...

Speed! Nebraska Turns 15

When the invitation went out via Facebook for this Friday night's Speed! Nebraska 15th Anniversary rock show at The Brother's Lounge, the first thing that went through my mind was: Has it really been five years since we did that Speed! Nebraska 10-year anniversary cover story in The Reader?

That story, published June 28, 2006, recapped the history of the vinyl-loving record label that's home to a handful of the...

Third Quarter Album Reviews Roundup

Just like when Christmas decorations begin popping up at your local grocery store, critics know they're on the home stretch when record labels begin sending out reminders of releases to consider in their year-end "best of" lists. Ah, but it's still only the November. We've two months left for records to hit the shelves (digital or otherwise). That said, I think we've probably already heard the best of '11. Below...

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