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Decemberists can rock all seasons

It seems wherever you turn these days, there’s a new band sprouting its roots in the indie scene, claiming they’re better than the rest. In a genre in which every band sounds like the next, the Decemberists have found a formula to succeed.…

West Philly DJ rocks four turntables, a microphone

Before you do a double take – sorry “Star Wars” geeks – R2D2 is not coming to the Starlight Ballroom. Rather, it’s RJD2, a beat maker and lyricist from West Philly known for his mishmash of genres and slick skills on the turntable.…

TV appearance, Grammy nod beef up band’s fame

When the guitars are finally tuned, the drum kit is set and the microphone sits by its lonely self on stage, only one band can take these simple instruments and play them to their breaking points – Lamb of God.…

Even on ‘Mute,’ this band has volume

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Shins can’t kick it

The Shins played to a full house Tuesday, March 13 at the Electric Factory, but for front man James Mercer and company, they must have felt left out. The crowd was unresponsive for most of the show.…

Guilty as charged

The orange walls of University City’s Mokas seemed to pulse as the lead singer of Among Criminals, Ryan Gaughan, dipped forward with his guitar, a mess of curls and baby dreadlocks swinging in front of his face.Bean Pitonak, the bassist, was bent at the waist too, his eyes closed, fingers plucking strings.…

Oh! Switchfoot

Even though they really dig Jesus, don’t label Switchfoot as a Christian band. The group uses religion as inspiration, but has a universal message that interpretively transcends it. Simply said, Switchfoot is successful because they make pop music that hasn’t lost a sense of heart, hence the group’s double-platinum album, “Oh!…

Performing an acronym

‘From Toledo to Tokyo,’ Taco Bell to Target, Tooth and Nail to Capitol, and “Destination: Beautiful” and “Singularity,” we find Mae primed to move to the forefront of rock as one of the most infectious and inspiring groups.…

All you gotta do is DANCE

A set of rickety wooden stairs carries you to the dance floor, where David Bowie and Madonna are on heavy rotation. The shaggy-haired bartender hands out fluorescent yellow and pink cupcakes for free.…