‘If This Is It, Let’s Get it While it’s There’

Here we go, stepping boldly into 2011. Or typing forward, one character at a time. I’m not one for resolutions. If you’re living your best life, doing the best you can, even if it’s moving forward at your own pace, that’s what matters. Jon Dee Graham wrote in “Robot Moving” on 2004’s CD The Great Battle, “Everybody says put one foot in front of the other/Course the irony is...

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Visions of 2011, Pt. 1

Before we can look forward, we must look back. Last year's predictions for 2010 started with nine hunches that can be summed up this way: There will be fewer bands all trying to get paid more to play in fewer clubs that will be booking fewer shows but with better national bands playing at a higher ticket price. To gauge my accuracy, we went to the expert. Marc Leibowitz, whose One Percent...

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It’s True Update, Passing the Backbeat Baton

* This week’s 8 Days section features many of your most exciting options for an in-tune New Year’s Eve celebration set to live music, but here are two quality stragglers: The Firm w/ special guests play Side Door Lounge, 3530 Leavenworth St. The 9 p.m. show will feature classic album covers including T.Rex, Iggy Pop, The Cure, Velvet Underground and Talking Heads, from Bill Eustice, Dereck...

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2010 Top 10

* Band of Horses, Infinite Arms (Columbia/Fat Possum) — BOH had opening tours with Widespread Panic and Pearl Jam this year, and perhaps that reflects the band’s overall appeal better than anything. Infinite is an epic rock ‘n’ roll record, the kind our descendents will look on with the same slack jawed reverence we all look at Led Zeppelin IV, and more contemporary efforts like Wilco’s...

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2010 Top 10

It’s hard to put together these Top 10s in years where there aren’t one or two albums that you know are going to be permanent fixtures on one’s playlist for years to come. Instead, 2010 was a year of great songs on otherwise imperfect records. These stood out amid a crowded pack of good-not-great releases I happened upon during these last 12 months. * The National, High Violet (4AD) —...

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Lovin’ Local

Lovin’ Local * It’s True, It’s True * The Mynabirds, What We Lose in the Fire We Gain in the Flood * Baby Tears, Baby Tears EP * Son of 76 & The Watchmen, Letters From Shangri-La * All Young Girls Are Machine Guns, Secret Attic Recordings * Tim Kasher, The Game of Monogamy * Tim Wildsmith and The Lost Cause, Little Armor

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