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STS9 promotes democracy on disc and online

In its recent press photos, the electronic-instrumental five-piece Sound Tribe Sector 9 poses as a news crew from the progressive TV and radio program Democracy Now! This charade actually isn't far from the truth: Last year the band launched a similarly themed website, Peaceblaster.com, filled with posts on democracy-building and human rights. Isthmus recently spoke with bassist David Murphy about this project, plus the band's new album, Peaceblaster. >More
 melaniejane is pat mAcdonald's 'side guy'

melaniejane isn't just pat mAcdonald's next-door neighbor up in Sturgeon Bay. (They're sticklers for the unusual punctuation of their names, so let's indulge them.) In her own words, she's his musical "side guy." >More
 melaniejane is pat mAcdonald's 'side guy'

melaniejane isn't just pat mAcdonald's next door neighbor up in Sturgeon Bay. (They're sticklers for the unusual punctuation of their names, so let's indulge them.) In her own words, she's his musical "side guy." >More
 The Appleseed Cast moves past the fad

The Appleseed Cast began as an emo-leaning band called December's Tragic Drive, named after lyrics from the Sunny Day Real Estate song "Seven." But the Lawrence, Kan., act lost its reputation as a Braid clone and gained the irksome title of America's Radiohead when it released Low Level Owl in 2001. The album marked a turn toward atmospheric post-rock and away from the indie emo that inspired the band's first moniker. >More
 Larkin Grimm blends New Age and old time

Larkin Grimm, 27, was born into a wayfaring family. Her parents were members of a religious commune devoted to spiritual and environmental healing. They moved to the Appalachian Mountains when Grimm was 6 so her father could learn the traditions of old-time fiddle. >More
 No rules: Rhett Miller channels rock stars, not cowpokes

Alt-country fans know Rhett Miller as the heartbreaker frontman of the Old 97's, one of a few groups that helped make the genre what it is today: music that fits just as well on a compilation of indie rock and Springsteen as it does on a mix of Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline. >More
 Anya Marina: Sex and whimsy

On the one hand, Anya Marina is the new Liz Phair. Her infectious guitar pop is coy and girly and frequently wallows in untamed sexual emotion. On the other hand, Marina, appearing Tuesday at the Annex with the Virgins and Lissy Trullie, is a soft-spoken poet who earned an English degree at a small Catholic college. She describes her music simply as melodic and whimsical. >More
 The Dials paint the town red

When it comes to making retro sound modern, the Dials are the real deal. The Chicago-based four-piece distills some of the best elements of New Wave and No Wave and binds them together with punchy lyrics and harmonies. >More
 Deleted Scenes poised for success

This Sunday's appearance by Washington, D.C.'s Deleted Scenes is poised to be just the kind of pre-breakout show that Tapes 'n Tapes played at the King Club in 2007 before returning months later to play the Majestic. >More
 Victorian Halls makes mayhem out of pop songs

Like many bands these days, Victorian Halls isn't really into labels, unless you're talking about the tags on the sweater vests its members found at the thrift shop last week. However, the Chicago four-piece, appearing at the High Noon Saloon Sunday night, gets described as all sorts of things, from garage-pop to post-grunge to a simple, startled "WTF?!" texted from one concertgoer to another. >More
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