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Re-Magnetized: The Return of Magnet Magazine

About three or so years ago, in what was a reflection not only of the dwindling music industry but the downward spiral of the print magazine world, I received what I thought was the final issue of Magnet magazine.

What is Magnet? Magnet was the quarterly bible of the indie music world, a slacker's guidepost to everything cool, a critical lighthouse in a sea of audio mediocrity. Every issue was a snapshot of...


Brother, can you spare five minutes?

You see, it's all about time.

It was about three-quarters through Thao and the Get Down Stay Down's set Sunday night at The Waiting Room, only about an hour or so before The Head and the Heart would take the stage, that I began to wonder how a crowd this size -- a sold-out crowd -- had heard of the bands playing on the night's bill.

It isn't as if local radio plays music by bands like The Head and the Heart....


Does Size Matter? Lincoln Calling, Pt. 8

We live in a culture where "bigger" is always perceived as being "better." Some might argue that this concept is The American Way.

Well, Jeremy Buckley, the impresario behind the annual Lincoln Calling Music Festival, isn't concerned about getting "bigger." On the surface, one might look at this year's festival -- the 8th Annual, an achievement in and of itself -- and say that it's a step backward. There are no...


The Return of Fizzle Like a Flood

Doug Kabourek didn't look much different than when I first saw him slumped like a homeless college student in the back of Sokol Underground during a Her Space Holiday show, circa 1999.

I had just begun going to rock shows alone -- a big step for me, but one I knew I'd have to take if I wanted to continue seeing the indie bands I loved. I realized after finding Kabourek rolled up like a bum on the floor that...


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