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Q&A with Kurt Schneider

September 26, 2007 • 0
Calhoun sophomore Kurt Schneider taught himself piano in eleventh grade, now he’s winning songwriting competitions. Read on to find out what he’s been doing in the meantime. Scene&Heard: Can you talk about your music career? Kurt: I had a late start compared with most people; I didn’t know how to read music or play until »
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Concert Review: Atmosphere at Toad’s Place

September 24, 2007 • 0
      Toad’s kicked off a semester of noteworthy hip-hop acts last night with an impressive performance by a lineup of Rhymesayers artists, including indie superstar Atmosphere.     Supported by a live band and sporting disheveled hair and a creepy mustache, Atmosphere was in fine form, giving fans unfamiliar but still excellent renditions of his »
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Q&A with Cover-to-Cover

September 17, 2007 • 0
No one likes a backseat driver. Everyone, however, likes cover bands. Cover-to-Cover’s Jake Bruene and Ian Dull are doing their best to spread the gospel. Scene&Heard: Tell me a little about Cover-to-Cover. Jake: We had a sweet idea when we were freshman to put together a group that would make it so we could hear »
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“Proof of Youth” by The Go! Team

September 17, 2007 • 0
The Go! Team’s new release, “Proof of Youth,” is not an album, but a series of sounds that try to become an album, and fail (gloriously). Listening to “Proof of Youth” you are not lifted from your mundane world and given fleeting insight into a universe of beauty. Instead, you witness a band trying to »
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Q&A with The Bridge

September 14, 2007 • 0
Yale’s live music scene usually only consists of the lone courtyard serenader strumming his acoustic guitar. Pat Dewechter, James Pollack and Andy Wagner — the organizers of the Bridge, an “open mic” night previously held in the Saybrook 12 Pack — are trying to change that. Scene&Heard: How would you describe the live music scene »
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“Canon” by Ani DiFranco

September 13, 2007 • 0
I saw Ani DiFranco in concert once. I was a little girl, and my mother had taken me to a folk festival in upstate New York. All the ex-hippie parents were cheering wildly for Ani as their face-painted kids scampered happily in the grass. DiFranco ascended to the stage, grabbed the mic, and bellowed, “FUCK!” »
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“Further North” by Johnathan Rice

September 12, 2007 • 0
In Johnathan Rice’s newest album “Further North,” the 24-year-old singer/songwriter successfully combines granola folk music with a head-bopping rhythm that is easy to groove to. He continues the use of avant-garde sound effects begun in his previous album “Trouble is Real,” utilizing the sound of a camera winding to set a beat in the first »
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“Ayo Technology” by 50 Cent

September 12, 2007 • 0
The comments made by Curtis Jackson (a.k.a 50 Cent) preceding the release of his latest album, “Curtis,” indicate that he’s stressed out. His big talk about halting recording if Kanye West beat him in sales just shows that America’s favorite Candy Shop gangster feels threatened by his “non-confrontational” teddy bear friend. One look at the »
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“Attack Sustain Decay Release” by Simian Mobile Disco

September 12, 2007 • 0
Simian Mobile Disco is all about the synthesizer, to the point of naming their debut album after one of its parts, the ASDR envelope. The tracks on “Attack Sustain Decay Release” are electronic to the point of occasionally sounding like four-minute monologues by R2-D2. Condensing Simian Mobile Disco’s repertoire from hundreds of songs and mixes »
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Summer Concert Round-up

September 9, 2007 • 0
Regrettably, summer 2007 is already little more than a blur with only a few things standing out: 1) I read many blogs at work, though what was discussed in said blogs, I cannot recall 2) Michael Vick 3) The abomination that was the “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows” Epilogue 4) Buying my very own »
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Q&A with Brian Molko of Placebo

September 9, 2007 • 0
Projekt Revolution Tour 8/26/07 Hartford, CT 3:15 p.m. Between sips of Red Bull and long drags on three (I counted) Marlboro Lights, Brian Molko, the lead singer of Placebo – the best of six main stage acts at Linkin Park’s 2007 Projekt Revolution tour — acted calm and cozy less than two hours before show »
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Q&A with Evangelicals

September 4, 2007 • 0
While the first thing that pops into mind when the words “Oklahoma” and “evangelicals” are uttered are television preachers from the buckle of the Bible belt, the trio of singer Josh Jones, bassist Kyle Davis and drummer Austin Stephens that makes up Evangelicals are anything but. Hailing from Norman, Oklahoma—origin of the Flaming Lips, Chainsaw »