Larry Fitzmaurice

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    Silver Jews

    What? With lyrics such as, "Pain works on a sliding scale / So does pleasure in a candy jail," it's no wonder that Silver Jews leader David Berman is considered one of indie rock's foremost poets. Since 1994's Starlite Walker, Berman and his ever-revolving door of band members have churned out classic American rock that has as much literary bark as it does riff-worthy bite. And the Jews' latest set, the excellent Lookout Mountain, Lookout Sea, continues the tradition and drops this week via Drag City. Who? Silver Jews were formed in 1989 by Berman and Pavement members Stephen Malkmus and Bob Nastanovich, although the latter two have only played on select records. Throughout the group's six full-lengths, scores of musicians have offered contributions, such as folkie Will Oldham, bassist Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan), and former Rites of Spring member Mike Fellows.

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    Islands, Ra Ra Riot Added to Siren Fest Lineup

    As if the original lineup for this summer's installment of the Village Voice's Siren Fest wasn't enough, Montreal collective Islands and indie-poppers Ra Ra Riot have now been added to the bill, and will join the likes of Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks and Broken Social Scene at Coney Island July 19. While you wait out the remaining month, and relish over the thought of a tasty Nathan's hotdog, check out video of Islands performing "The Arm" at Spin's Coachella pool house, and Ra Ra Riot strumming out a rare acoustic version of "Dying is Fine" at SXSW. More on at Coachella '08: Islands a Ra Riot Sign to Barsuk, Drop Debut Aug. 19 Broken Social Scene Score FilmReview: Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Real Emotional Trash (Matador)Stephen Malkmus, Broken Social Scene to Play Brooklyn's Siren Fest"

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    Backstage at Bonnaroo: The Postelles

    As Bonnaroo first-timers, up and coming New York City-based outfit the Postelles certainly had their share of fun in Tennessee, from ruling the Troo Music Lounge to catching shows and partying throughout the festival weekend. Amongst the good times: an upbeat acoustic performance of the band's catchy new tune "123 Stop," and a humorous video interview with our William Goodman (for now, just call him Uncle Bill), in which the band discuss working with Strokes axeman and solo artist Albert Hammond Jr., as well as their upcoming, yet-to-be titled debut full-length. Now Hear This: "123 Stop" Backstage interview with the Postelles More on PostellesBonnaroo Reviewed: The PostellesBonnaroo '08: The Postelles, "123 Stop"

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    The War on Drugs

    What? With the sublime brand of drone-soaked country exhibited on the band's debut full-length, Wagonwheel Blues, it's easy to assume Philadelphia-based outfit the War on Drugs aren't exactly fending off any chemical influences. The quintet offer catchy tunes marked with ambient surroundings that would sound at home on an Animal Collective record, and also call to mind the organized chaos (not to mention organs) of the Arcade Fire. For a taste check out "Taking the Farm," featuring frontman Adam Granduciel's hyper-melodic singing style and guitar-streaked skies. Who? The War on Drugs were birthed from informal sessions between Granduciel and guitarist Kurt Vile. Soon, percussionists Kyle Lloyd and Charlie Hall, and bassist Dave Hartley joined to complete the full lineup.

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    Backstage at Bonnaroo: Jose Gonzalez

    Watch video of soft-spoken singer/songwriter José González performing the snappy, gorgeous "Abram," a tune of his latest set In Our Nature,as well as chatting with our William Goodman about summer plans, eco-friendly touring, and the fate of his long-dormant band, Junip. Now Watch This: José González, "Abram" Backstage Interview More oné González Woos SpinHouse LiveVideo Interview: González on In Our NatureSPINHouse Live: "Heartbeats"

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    Lollapalooza '08 Schedule Revealed

    Though it's still over one month until Perry Farrell's time-honored Lollapalooza extravaganza hits Chicago's Grant Park Aug. 1-3, it's never too early to plot ahead to ensure a successful weekend of live music consumption. And now, avid concertgoers, rest your eyes on the event's day-to-day schedule, posted this morning on Brit titanic Radiohead will headline the first night of the festival, Friday Aug. 1, while Rage Against the Machine and Wilco take dual headlining roles on Saturday Aug. 2, with Nine Inch Nails and Kanye West closing out the weekend Sunday, Aug. 3. Check out the full schedule here. And for those who still don't have tickets, you're in luck, for limited quantities of both single-day and three-day passes go on sale today right here. Let's just hope that Kanye gets to the stage on time for this one. More Lollapalooza on

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    Hold Steady, Devo, Butthole Surfers to Play Philly's SORFest

    With summer vacation quickly approaching, schools nationwide are plotting their year-end celebrations. But it's safe to say, no matter the competition, that the Paul Green School of Rock will trump them all for Devo, the Hold Steady, Dropkick Murphys, Butthole Surfers, and Less Than Jake, among others, have been billed to play the second annual School of Rock Festival (a.k.a.

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    New Jay Reatard Compilation Out June 17

    Insanely prolific melodic thrasher Jay Reatard will release a CD/DVD compilation entitled Singles 06-07 through In the Red on June 17 (hey, that's next week!).The collection will feature material taken from long since out-of-print singles put out on various labels, with Reatard doing full performance and production duty on almost all of the tracks, as well as concert footage from Philadelphia, Las Vegas, New York City, and the Netherlands.Between this and Jay's current string of singles on new label home Matador, 2008 is a time to get truly Reatarded.

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    Bonnaroo '07 Flashback: The Black Angels

    With Bonnaroo '08 just days from kicking off, we here at are digging out our tents, sunscreen, and die-hard festival 'tudes to hit this year's installment with full force, bringing those at home complete coverage of the festival's awesome lineup. And while we wait to board our trains, planes, and automobiles for the trip down south, highlights from last year's festival are in constant rotation at Spin HQ. Among them, a video interview with Texas-based drone rockers the Black Angels. Watch video of our Peter Gaston chatting with the Angels' Alex Maas, Christian Bland, and Nate Ryan moments after their late night set about other similarly named bands, appropriate cover choices, and picking up tips on which acts to catch at the festival. Now Watch This: video interview with the Black Angels

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    Steel Train

    What? Proving that New Jersey has much more to offer than screamo and Springsteen, Steel Train -- set to hit Bonnaroo's stages later this week! -- specialize in a particular sound that borrows as much from '60s-era Bob Dylan as it does from Fall Out Boy. And nowhere is the band's sound -- and live energy -- more evident than in the vigorous, colorful music video for "I Feel Weird," which sees the boys jamming out against a faux sunset backdrop, jangling to the decidedly upbeat, melodic tune as frontman Jack Antonoff sounds off. Who? Steel Train consists of Jack Antonoff (guitar/vocals/piano), Evan Winiker (bass/backing vocals), Daniel Silbert (guitar/backing vocals), and Jon Shiffman (drums/percussion).

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