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Jeremy Sampson

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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 »
By Jeremy Sampson (Mar 26, 2013)
Gangster-chic made a big pop-culture comeback sometime in the mid-'90s. I speak not of the bling-bling gangsta rap still dominating MTV and suburban teenage stereos, but of the stylish archetype of cosmopolitan cool personified by men like Al Capone and Tony Soprano. Guys who cop a swagger and reside in life's seamy underbelly without ever removing their dark sunglasses. More »
Pretty Damn Urgent
By Jeremy Sampson (Oct 27, 2012)
The music of Seattle's Pretty Girls Make Graves is often described as urgent -- a wholly appropriate word associated with compelling, immediate action. This band is certainly all three of those things: they feature a compelling sound, their music demands immediacy and, as for action -- well, let's just say there's no standing around at their live performances. More »
A Perfect Balance of Punk, Melodic Flavors and Terpsichorean Pop
By Jeremy Sampson (Oct 27, 2012)
As 2005 kicks off and we launch into another calendar year of amazing performances, new discoveries and general SF music goodness, the venue schedules are already stocked with terrific shows. January and February are full of highlights straight up through NoisePop (more on that later). One of the first great nights of indie rock will take place Jan. 14 at Café du Nord when an awesome triumvirate of talent takes to the stage. Here is a preview of the evening: More »
A Reunion a Decade in the Making
By Jeremy Sampson (Oct 27, 2012)
If not for a little band called The Pixies, the biggest reunion story of the musical year just might be that of American Music Club. One of the most influential and critically acclaimed local bands of the mid-'80s and '90s, AMC hit the comeback trail with a tour earlier this year that included the closing spot at NoisePop and a trip to the SXSW Festival. The group will release its first album in 10 years, the magnificently brooding and musically superb Love Songs for Patriots, October 19th on Merge Records. More »
By Jeremy Sampson (Oct 27, 2012)
The word diversity is tossed around so often in association with The Sleepy Jackson, you'd think they were involved with some Berkeley affirmative action organization. This is equal opportunity music, as the band pays homage to so many different styles of music on their debut album Lovers, it borders on schizophrenia. The Sleepy Jackson is loosely categorized under the pop umbrella, but such a simple description doesn't do the songwriting prowess of frontman Luke Steele much justice. More »
By Jeremy Sampson (Oct 27, 2012)
Stars end the liner notes to their 2003 album Heart with the following words of advice: "Impeach George Bush! Kill the bastard in your life with love." Good thing the band hails from Montreal, where they don't have to worry about some John Ashcroft-type hunting them down for sedition. The Attorney General can rest easy though. Stars are indeed beating the drums of revolution, but they're much more concerned with spreading that crazy little thing called love. More »
By Jeremy Sampson (Jun 23, 2012)
Jason Pierce (or J. Spaceman as he famously prefers) formed Spiritualized in 1990 after the breakup of his former band, British psychedelic rockers Spacemen 3. Since its inception, Spiritualized has sustained a constant state of inconsistency; hosting countless musicians and shape-shifting in sound with every new album. More »
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