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He Disappeared: The Rise of Depressed Buttons

It's not possible to talk about the debut of Depressed Buttons at hot new dance club House of Loom on Sept. 9 without first talking about the apparent demise of The Faint.

Three members of The Faint -- frontman Todd Fink, keyboardist Jacob Thiele and drummer Clark Baechle -- make-up Depressed Buttons. So before we talked about the new project, Fink and Thiele set the record straight on The Faint, who haven't...


Live Review: Dancing in the Streets

I doubt the crowd at this year's Dundee Day rock show was expecting what it got when a sweaty, shirtless Darren Keen, a.k.a. The Show Is the Rainbow, jumped from the stage into the audience like a 250-pound Tolkien (or maybe, more suitably, toke-in') battle dwarf, his shaggy red beard blowin' in the wind as he performed his unique style of electronic funk-rock to a sheepish, half-drunk white-bread crowd, most of...


And Then There Was One: Homer’s to Close Its Orchard Plaza Location

It all comes down to one question: Why should people buy recorded music at Homer's Records or any other independent record store rather than order it online?

"In 2011, it's a 50-50 split between digital and physical," said Homer's General Manager Mike Fratt, referring to a music market split between digital music files and CDs and vinyl. "If people choose to buy a full album, almost 75 percent of the time they...


MAHA 2011 Had Everything (Except the Crowds)

The weather was perfect. The bands were awesome. And the crowd was ... well, it could have been bigger.

The final "official" head count, according to MAHA Music Festival organizer Tre Brashear, was 4,000, "slightly down from last year."

A disappointment, and yet, by all other accounts, this year's MAHA, held last Saturday at Stinson Park in Aksarben Village, was a success, certainly from a fan perspective. I...


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