• Nine Inch Nails: Back from the Dead

    For a decade, he's been "that guy in there," behind the cement walls and black-tinted windows of this sprawling property on busy Magazine Street in New Orleans' French Quarter. Outside, mutts and garrulous families play on peeling front porches. Tourists browse the mini-malls set in 200-year-old storefronts. Today, much of the city is enjoying the Bacchus Parade during Mardi Gras, tailgating as cotton-candy vendors and colorful floats of angels, devils, snakes, and sirens roll by. The French Quarter is always full of this kind of life. But inside this building, a former funeral parlor turned live-in recording studio, there has been all kinds of death. The lone occupant, looking out at you through those one-way windows or on the security monitors-you might know him. Maybe you'd recognize his voice if you heard him sing. Intimate phrasing. Screams.

  • Jimmy Eat World, Green Day Announce Summer Tour

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  • Charming Snakes

    Often a band with a great name will ruin it all by making mediocre music, but luckily the Charming Snakes create an whip-smart noise-pop fusion that more than does justice to their catchy moniker. The Snakes started out in the Lone Star state as a duo, consisting of bassist Lacey Swain and singer-guitarist Ruben Mendez. After moving to Washington in 2001, the band became a quartet with guitarist Joe Arnone and drummer Kellie Payne. Like a more melodic version of Seattle brethren the Coachwhips (who broke up recently, we are sorry to report), the Charming Snakes use the same kind of distorted vocals that John Dwyer uses but with a poppier, softer guitar washes in the background.

  • Oneida

    Oneida's ethereal feedback and synthesizer-laden rock album The Wedding could be played at one's nuptials. I could see tracks like the mystical, baroque "Run Through My Hair," being played during the wedding procession in A Midsummer Nights Dream; it would have to be a wedding involving fairies and sprites and possibly woodland nymphs. Maybe it would just have to involve Wiccans. The prolific, Brooklyn-based quartet--singer/guitarist Papa Crazy, keyboardist Bobby Matador, drummer Kid Millions, and bassist Hanoi Jane--is best known for their explosive live shows (Kid Millions shines on stage). But as The Wedding shows, their recorded material can be just as riveting. In places the album sounds like Sophtware Slump-era Grandaddy, with the use of synths and Papa Crazy's soft, lulling voice.

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  • Neil Young: Back in the Saddle

    After undergoing surgery to deal with a brain aneurism earlier this year, Neil Young is recording a new album in Nashville. According to Neil's sister website, www.astridyoung.net, Neil is recording his new album with studio musicians Spooner Oldham, Ben Keith, and Carl Himmel. Astrid writes in her travel log, "(Neil is) feeling good, has everything under control...Of course, I wish I was there, but I am very busy with my own brand of karmic healing right now." Let's hope that Neil's health can remain stellar without that undeniable positive karmic influence.

  • The Go-Betweens

    The Go-Betweens are the ultimate cult favorite among critics and indie rock misanthropes: they've been releasing records since the early '80s, and yet they've managed to skirt the surface of public recognition through eight full-length albums. Perhaps Oceans Apart will launch the pair of boys from Brisbane, Australia, into the limelight and out of the depths of a few critics' top ten lists. The Go-Betweens dueling singer-songwriters, Robert Foster and Grant McLennan, have been making music since 1978. Their collaboration is as kismet as Lou Barlow and J.Mascis, and has produced the Go-Betweens signature sound; a combination of first-wave British Invasion rock and acoustic folk with erudite lyrics. It's no wonder bands as diverse as Belle and Sebastian to R.E.M. have sung their praises. Foster and McLennan parted ways at the end of the '80s only to reunite at the end of the '90s.

  • zZz

    On first listen, zZz sounds like Jim Morrison reincarnated as a Dutch club rat who took too much E and spent time recuperating in church. There's a lot of grunting and Morrison-styled sensuous vocals, and then there's that omnipresent organ. zZz is certainly heavily influenced by the Doors: lead singer Bjorn Ottenheim sounds so much like Jim Morrison it's possible that the notoriously free-loving icon spread his seed all the way to Amsterdam. But the electronic basis of most of the songs off zZz's debut album, Sound of zZz is impossible to deny. Daan Schinkel plays the organ on Sound of zZz. His keyboard work is nothing short of pure psych-out bliss. Bjorn and Daan met in Amsterdam's underground music scene, eventually forming zZz in 2003. With songs titles like "Sweet Sex," "House of Sin," and "Ecstasy," zZz could pass as the male version of Peaches, or a slightly tamer Electric 6.

  • Strokes on Skates

    Albert Hammond Jr. has more in common with Tutti from The Facts of Life than one might assume. The two share a love for roller skating that knows no bounds. Apparently his formative years, the ubiquitous Strokes' guitarist was a star before Is This It? burned up the charts. According to NME.com, Hammond was a championship skater who performed for as many as 5,000 people at a time. Hammond told Britain's The Guardian that "I used to skate in front of, like, 5,000 people and I was never nervous, but the first time I got on stage, there were four people there and I vomited." It's a good thing Hammond learned to hold his cookies in front of a crowd. The Strokes are currently at work on their third album, a follow-up to 2003's Room on Fire.

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