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Jan 22, 2010 Live Hotrats

You are in between albums. You are bored. You are fooling around in the studio. A side project is born. This is the story behind The Hotrats, comprised of Supergrass’ persona, Gaz Coombes (vocalist/guitarist) and powerhouse, Danny Coffey (drummer).

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Jan 15, 2010 Live Atlas Sound

Dinosaurs are totally rock and roll. Think about it: A group of outsiders appeared—seemingly out of nowhere—made a huge impact on history in a very short period, got wildly mixed reviews (Rock critics: direct descendents of cavemen?), and then vanished. In this context, it makes sense that the Los Angeles Natural History Museum would play host to musical acts during the first Friday of the Month program, kicking off the year with Under the Radar cover artist, Bradford Cox (aka Atlas Sound).

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Jan 14, 2010 Live The Wrens

The Wrens are one of those bands that defines cult status. Let’s frame it in the context of one of the biggest “cult” acts to ever grace the indie stage, Neutral Milk Hotel. After recording two albums, one a certified classic, the band and its enigmatic frontman Jeff Mangum simply went away, and people have been pining for them ever since. New Jersey’s The Wrens have followed a similar musical trajectory in their 20-year history, recording very littlethree albums and a smattering of EPs and 7-inch recordsyet they are critically acclaimed for their work and have developed a quite devoted following, renewed in recent years by the strength of their “comeback” album, 2003’s The Meadowlands.

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Dec 17, 2009 Live Mew

The quote of the evening goes to the girl next to mewho just before Mew took the stage emphatically announced “Mew aren’t Danish! They’re from Denmark!” Errr…pardon? Audience confusion aside, the three Danes men from Denmark known as Mew (along with two touring members on bass and keyboard) put on one heck of a show-even after a delayed entrance post curtain-rise caused the (much saner) girl next to me to mutter, “Concertsyou’re doing it wrong!”

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Dec 07, 2009 Live Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs

There is no shortage of crappy bars in most cities in America where on any given night you can see bunch of amateur musicians slogging through cover versions of their favorite classic rock tunes. But it’s not every night that you get to hear two of alt rock’s finest play essentially the same gig, albeit in nicer surroundings with less cheap beer. On an unseasonably warm night in Pennsylvania’s quaint town of Sellersville, Matthew Sweet (he of the famed Girlfriend) and Susanna Hoffs (The Bangles) brought their revival act to several hundred concertgoers at the tiny former movie house called The Sellersville Theater.

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Nov 24, 2009 Live Camera Obscura

Camera Obscura’s Tracyanne Campbell crooned, “I don’t wanna be sad again” in “My Maudlin Career,” the set opener of the band’s Nov. 22 show at Brooklyn’s Music Hall of Williamsburg (and title track of its latest record), but her claim wasn’t very convincing.

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Nov 11, 2009 Live Dirty Projectors

By 7:15, the line for the Dirty Projectors rounded the corner of Sunset and Logan in Echo Park. Trick-or-treaters passed close to costumed Projectors fans until the sidewalk was a moving Halloween confusion.

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Nov 10, 2009 Live The Dodos

Fresh from their performance on one of the biggest stages at Austin City Limits, The Dodos stepped on to a small stage nestled into a corner of the Rock and Roll Hotel. Large enough to comfortably hold the three-piece setup, which includes a vibraphone and one thrashing Meric Long, the stage remained dwarfed by the sold out crowd pressed up against it.

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Nov 03, 2009 Live Cymbals Eat Guitars

Cymbals Eat Guitars come to this performance on the heels of a rather successful debut. Why There Are Mountains was met with praise from several prestigious voices in the pop scene, including this very rag. And to be fair, I came to this performance with rather high expectations.

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