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Backbeat 8/4

* Saddle Creek Records' love of JEFF the Brotherhood is not hard to discern, as you can often spot a label staffer wearing a t-shirt emblazoned with the two-piece Nashville band's name. While Backbeat always assumed that would lead the Creek to signing the fuzzed-out, stripped down Weezer acolytes, that as yet to happen. But it apparently has fixed Saddle Creek's gaze on Nashville. The label has inked a deal with...


An Electronic Touchstone

Jimmy Tamborello is best known for his work as a member of The Postal Service, where he teamed with Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard and in 2003 released the gorgeous Give Up which is still Sub Pop’s second-best selling record of all time (behind Nirvana’s Bleach). However, he has been releasing well-received electronica records under the name Dntel since 1999 and has been a major contributor in electronic...


Speed! Nebraska Riots! 120 Minutes Returns! Tony Bonacci Directs!

Filling in some blanks as we head into two weeks' of MAHA Music Festival coverage ...

I mentioned that I was in beautiful Breckenridge, Colorado, last week enjoying some well-deserved R 'n' R (that's rest and relaxation, not rock 'n' roll). Because of that personal holiday, I missed this year's Speed! Nebraska Soapbox Riot -- the third annual race held at Seymour Smith Park. We're talking grown men rolling down...


Settling In

A case of cheap domestic lager, a sun-baked front porch and a cracked-open front window, so the sounds of a dusty blues record, Eddie Hinton side or Mendocino, could be heard floating from inside to out. And Patrick Sweany avoiding yard work, talking about his 2011 album That Old Southern Drag and how he left Ohio for Nashville.

That's the ideal situation for this interview.

Instead, we got cell phones,...


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