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April 28, 2006

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Dave Hamelin of the Stills talks to the Edmonton Sun about the "Montreal sound."

"I think Edmonton is more isolated than Montreal. But Montreal chooses to be isolated. I think that people there don't feel like they're part of Canada, to a certain extent.

"I don't know if that's the single cause of a good music scene, but Montreal is a strange place. It is its own island. It could be its own city state."


The OC Register offers a guide to the Coachella festival.


Stylus lists the "top ten creepiest Depeche Mode songs."


The Guardian profiles the Australian metal band, Wolfmother.


Singer-songwriter Maria Taylor talks to the Denver Post about her album, 11:11.

"I feel like it's the least sad record I've ever made," said Taylor, formerly of Saddle Creek duo Azure Ray and Geffen outfit Little Red Rocket. "There are some darker elements to every song, but I was pretty much very happy and content when I wrote it. I was looking back on my life, which was great."


Neil Young talks to the New York Times about his upcoming protest album.

"We are the silent majority now, and we haven't done a damn thing," Mr. Young said. "We've stood by and watched this happen. But there's more of us than there is of them, and we have to do something. When people start talking and see they can get away with it, it's going to happen everywhere. It's going to be a landslide, it's going to be a tidal wave. This is just the tip of it."


Tony Cavallario of Aloha talks to the Denver Post.

"I don't think we could live without the Internet, because that's our connection to our fans," Cavallario added. "It's a place to go where people are keeping your music in rotation when you might not be on tour.

"If we couldn't have that daily expression on the computer, or the daily ego boost of having a MySpace page, I don't know if it would work as well."


Masters of the Hemisphere discuss their three show reunion tour with Flagpole.


The Independent reviews the Streets' Manchester performance.

His transformation in cultural status from Eminem's provincial cousin to the Arctic Monkeys' semantic godfather also means he is a far from spent force. But his songs about success remain his least imaginative yet. What he and his audience, once so united in careless excitement, have left to offer each other is what may be decided tonight.


The Portland Mercury interviews author Jonathan Safran Foer.

You know, when books stick around and they start spreading by word of mouth, rather than by reviews or advertising, people take them on their own terms and on the book's own terms. I think that's what I've been seeing more of recently and really loving.


Author David Mitchell talks to the Independent about his new novel, Black Swan Green.

"It's interesting. There's no real difference between the adults' world and the kids' world, but it's more naked. An English teacher once said that Golding could have set Lord of the Flies with adults, it's just that it would have been three times as long because it would have taken three times as long to break down. It was interesting to me to be able to explore these mechanics of will and power and survival strategies in such a naked way."


MP3.com interviews Angus Andrew of Liars.

Chris: I recently did an interview with Nick Zinner from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs. And in that interview, he says "Liars is probably going to be the type of band that in 10 years everybody is going to reference them and sound like them." How does that comment strike you?

Angus: That's funny. It's kind of weird to think of...I mean that would be nice I suppose. Where we exist at the moment is kind of hard to define, and obviously that can be great, but at the same time it can be a little difficult, because even though people like the record and stuff, sometimes you don't really feel like everyone really gets it. Not to the extent that it's more complex or anything but almost the reverse. Because to be honest, this record was, I guess, an attempt for us to try and make more contact with the audience.


Singer-songwriter Josh Ritter talks to the Guardian about his influences, musical and otherwise.

"I love Steve Earle," Ritter says, "but I didn't find his style of expression to be particularly helpful to my sense of anger." Instead he turned to the work of Mark Twain for inspiration. "What I really like about Twain is how he mixes cynicism with optimism," he explains, his voice acquiring a gentle hush of wonderment. "Sometimes he's just the meanest guy, the darkest person. But he obviously loves people and loves America. And that's how I feel about both religion and America. They both have the potential to be good. And the disappointment is that they so rarely are."


Indie Interviews sits down with Kyp Malone of TV on the Radio.


MP3.com lists the top 10 mp3 players under $100.


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