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Jeremy Sampson

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By Jeremy Sampson (Feb 15, 2016)
You might have heard about Rogue Wave. They're the band local music aficionados are buzzing about these days in between sets at The Hemlock or Bottom of the Hill, and they are largely symbolic of a palpable renewed interest in our city's once floundering independent rock scene. A sound bite from said conversation might sound something like this: "Did you hear Rogue Wave just got signed by Sub Pop? Fucking Sub Pop!" More »
An Interview
By Jeremy Sampson (Jan 11, 2016)
Brace yourself: it's the ultimate indie rock cliché! Local band 20 Minute Loop isn't in it for the money or fame. They're in it for the music, man. Yeah, we know -- you've heard this one before. Countless times, we're sure. This time it just might be true. More »
The Right Balance
By Jeremy Sampson (Jan 11, 2016)
It's a fine line that exists in music these days between the emotional and the, gulp, pretentious. Add too much feeling to a composition and it seems somehow contrived or impure. Add too little and you're Ashlee Simpson just going through the motions. The Arcade Fire is that rare band which manages to find just the right balance, pouring its soul into its work while somehow keeping two feet planted firmly in meaningful. More »
By Jeremy Sampson (Jan 11, 2016)
Ted Leo and his band The Pharmacists are a relatively recent musical discovery for me. While formulating my thoughts for this very review, two things incessantly beat down the door of my brain: 1. How could I possibly not have known about these guys before? and 2. Nickelback. More »
By Jeremy Sampson (Jan 11, 2016)
Juliana Hatfield is a name instantly recognized by even your average pop music fan, especially one who grew up in the early-'90s ("Wasn't she the chick who had that one song from the Reality Bites soundtrack?"). She also has a well-deserved cult following among indie aficionados for a 16-year career that began as the lead singer for alt-rockers The Blake Babies, who disbanded in 1991. Hatfield spent the rest of the decade releasing solo albums in the same vein, and she briefly flirted with mainstream success when two singles, "Spin the Bottle" (the Reality Bites song) and "My Sister" got some radio and MTV-love. More »
By Jeremy Sampson (Sep 23, 2014)
Welcome to Shins 101. This basic course serves as a primer on all things Shins. Those of you who have any advance knowledge of the Shins from previous classes like "Important Indie Bands of our Time" or "Bands that Really Blew Up in 2003" should consider enrolling concurrently in Advanced Shins Studies. I will provide an overview later in the review. More »
Going Out With A Bang Rather Than A Whimper
By Jeremy Sampson (Sep 23, 2014)
Luna's show at The Fillmore on February 5th marks the band's final San Francisco appearance. In 2004, just before releasing its seventh and final album 'Rendezvous', the group decided to call it quits -- a sad occasion for the legion of Luna fans devoted to their refined brand of sublime dream pop. It's also a perfect opportunity to reflect on the legacy of this seminal band, which ends its 14-year career firmly entrenched in music history, and will best be remembered as an archetype of New York hipster cool. More »
By Jeremy Sampson (Mar 26, 2013)
Sufjan Stevens will never be accused of thinking small scale. For starters, the Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter plans to release 50 solo albums, each dedicated to a different U.S. state. This audacious undertaking began in 2003 with Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lakes State, an homage to Stevens' birthplace. More »
By Jeremy Sampson (Mar 26, 2013)
Go ahead. Just try and write about Scottish septet Camera Obscura without mentioning Belle and Sebastian. I tried to do it. Really I did. (Or did I? Perhaps this is nothing but a cheap literary device. I'll never tell.) Before my attempt, I flipped through the band's press packet from Merge Records to see how far other writers made it. More »
By Jeremy Sampson (Mar 26, 2013)
Thank goodness for Leap Year! With 24 extra hours in the bank this February, we don't have to feel guilty about spending most of our spare time at shows the last week of this month. Unless you've developed a sudden allergy to great live indie music, you might as well not make any alternate plans for Feb. 24th-29th, the dates for the 12th annual edition of the NoisePop Festival. More »
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