• 50 Cent Throws Down at Spin

    Click here to view photos from Fiddy's debut at Spin HQ. Click here to check out 50 Cent's new single "Disco Inferno" It seems the success of 2003's multi-platinum smash Get Rich Or Die Tryin' has healed many of 50's old wounds: St. Valentine's Day Massacre, 50's sophomore release, is the story of a man who's seen lots of trouble--and the inside of the clink--and realized that it's the basics (God, love, family) that matter in the end. Not that Fiddy's gone soft--"Candy Shop" isn't exactly a place where you buy lollipops, and we're guessing that "In My Hood" doesn't refer to Farmington, CT, where 50 recently bought a 52-room mansion formerly owned by notorious boxer Mike Tyson. On St.

  • Mates of State

    Band members Kori Gardner and Jason Hammel are married. They had a daughter, Magnolia, in July of 2004. Kori also bears an uncanny resemblance to actress Sarah Chalke of Scrubs and Roseanne fame.

  • Band of the Day: Matt Pond PA

    Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Discography:1998 - Deer Apartments (Lancaster Records)1998 - Measure (File 13)2001 - I thought you were sleeping (File 13)2001 - This is not the green fury (Polyvinyl)2002 - The green fury (Polyvinyl)2002 - The Nature of Maps (Polyvinyl)2004 - Emblems (Altitude Records) Sounds Like: A lush baroque with a lot of acoustic guitar. Lead singer Matt Pond's voice sounds like a cross between Sebadoh's Lou Barlow and Beulah's Miles Kurosky. Fun Facts: Matt Pond is responsible for adding a little more rock to the world of the soccer mom: He wrote music for the Oxygen Network in-between the release of The Nature of Maps and Emblems. For more info about Matt Pond PA:Big Hassle Mediamattpondpa.com To Hear Matt Pond PA's "Grave's Disease"

  • Band of the Day: M83

    Discography: 2003, Dead Cities, Red Seas & Lost Ghosts (Gooom Disques)2005,Before the Dawn Heals Us (Mute U.S.) Sounds Like: Poppy electronic French ambient. The kind of music you'd want to listen to if you were in the Metro wearing a beret, or cruising around in a souped-up Peugeot. Fun Facts: When Anthony Gonzales and Nicolas Fromageau of M83 lived in Paris, their neighbors were members of the French experimental music quartet Cyann and Ben. For more on M83 and upcoming tour dates, visit Mute Records To check out a radio show programmed by M83, visit www.d-fuzz.com/M83

  • Matt Pond PA

    Hometown: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Discography:1998 - Deer Apartments, Lancaster Records 1998 - Measure, File 13 2001 - I thought you were sleeping, File 13 2001 - This is not the green fury, Polyvinyl 2002 - The green fury, Polyvinyl 2002 - The Nature of Maps, Polyvinyl 2004 - Emblems, Altitude Records Music: A lush baroque with a lot of acoustic guitar. Lead Singer Matt Pond's voice sounds like a cross between Sebadoh's Lou Barlow and Beulah's Miles Kurosky. Fun Facts: Matt Pond is responsible for adding a little more rock to the world of the soccer mom: He wrote music for the Oxygen Network in-between the release of The Nature of Maps and Emblems.

  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    Bandmates Lee Sargent (keyboards and guitar) and Tyler Sargent (bass) are twins. They started their first band together at age 13 with current Clap Your Hands drummer Sean Greenhalgh.

  • Smoosh

    Hometown: Seattle, WA Sounds Like: Young Tori Amos meets a lo-fi Sleater Kinney with a little hip-hop thrown in for good measure. Fun Facts:: Smoosh don't just play riot grrrl music, they're actual riot grrrls: Smoosh is 10-year-old Chloe on drums and 12-year-old Asya on keyboards. Since their album came out, Smoosh has made the indie rock rounds, performing with the likes of Pearl Jam and Jimmy Eat World. In the coming months, Smoosh will open for the exuberant popsters the Unicorns on a major city tour. Don't worry about Chloe and Asya missing school, as the tour is scheduled to coincide with their spring break. Discography: 2004 - She Like Electric, Pattern 25 Records

  • Band of the Day: Smoosh

    Discography: 2004 - She Like Electric, Pattern 25 Records Sounds Like: Young Tori Amos meets a lo-fi SleaterKinney with a little hip-hop thrown in for good measure. Fun Facts: Smoosh don't just play riot grrrlmusic, they're actual riot grrrls: Smoosh is 10-year-old Chloe on drums and 12-year-old Asya on keyboards.Since their album came out, Smoosh has made the indie rockrounds, performing with the likes of Pearl Jam and JimmyEat World. In the coming months, Smoosh will open for theexuberant popsters the Unicorns on a major city tour. Don'tworry about Chloe and Asya missing school, as the tour isscheduled to coincide with their spring break. For more info about Smoosh: Pattern25 RecordsSmoosh.com To Hear Smoosh's "Massive Cure"

  • Yo La Tengo's Festival of Lights

    By: Mike Greenhaus Like any holiday celebration, Yo La Tengo's multi-night stand wavered between festive and reflective. Headlining a three-act show, which also included acoustic guitarist Calvin Johnson and multimedia artist/comedian Eugene Mirman, Yo La Tengo's closing night performance crystallized their eight night stand: a mix of creative guests, choice covers, and burlesque comedy. Yo La Tengo shifted between textured, overtly mellow indie-rock and loud, dissonant noise-jams.

  • Distopian Dream World: Drag City's "It's A Wonderful Next Life" Christmas Party, featuring Weird War, (Smog), and Joanna N

    Blame the omnipresent iPod for ruining our music-listening attention spans forever. Judging by the rotating format of the Drag City Christmas Party (subtitled "It's a Wonderful Next Life"), it seemed the organizers didn't have much faith in the audiences' listening longevity. They didn't have much faith in the Bowery Ballroom's heating system either--knit sweaters and scarves/hats were a somewhat odd entrance requirement to a Wonderful Next Life. Weird War, the first of three acts on the bill, played three songs of glammed out, rant-y punk. (Smog) followed with three post-modern funereal dirges. Joanna Newsom rounded it out with her ethereal, woodland-nymph style harp. Then Weird War started the cycle again. Then (Smog) again, followed by Newsom. Then they did it all again.

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