Live Review: Hoodoo Gurus, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 14, 2010

If somebody had figured out the calendar right in the beginning, we would now be about a month into what should be known as “The Embers,” the four-month stretch that ends the year. September, October, November and December have the best family holidays and some of the nicest weather—not to mention the World Series, college …

Live Review: Guided By Voices, Times New Viking, San Francisco, CA, Oct. 5, 2010

If somebody had figured out the calendar right in the beginning, we would now be about a month into what should be known as “The Embers,” the four-month stretch that ends the year. September, October, November and December have the best family holidays and some of the nicest weather—not to mention the World Series, college …

Miles Kurosky’s Silver Lining: Cowgirl Creamery’s Red Hawk Cheese

Portland, Ore.-based Miles Kurosky is what old-time journalists used to call a “great quote.” He’s one of the few interview subjects you’ll find in the music biz these days who’s totally unafraid to step on a few toes to get his point across. And he’s got the musical chops to back up his shoot-from-the-hip posture. …

Lou Barlow’s Good Things: “Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!”

Lo-fi legend Lou Barlow has played in three of the most influential indie bands of the last quarter century: Dinosaur Jr, Sebadoh and the Folk Implosion. And while he’s still recording and touring with the reunited Dinosaur (whose Farm was released this summer), his main concern these days is his solo career. Goodnight Unknown (Merge), …

In The News: Green Day, My Morning Jacket, Devo, Iron And Wine, Jarvis Cocker And Free MP3s

Starting March 24 and continuing throughout 2009, Reprise is releasing Green Day’s entire catalog on 12-inch vinyl. 1990’s 39/Smooth and 1992’s Kerplunk, the multi-platinum nimrods’ first two records, will be the initial offerings; LP number three, 1994’s Dookie, is out on April 18, which, if you’ve been paying attention, is Record Store Day … And …

George Jefferson: World’s Biggest Gong Fan?

This is one of the most mind-blowingly weird anecdotes MAGNET has ever published. Ten years ago, writer Mitch Myers profiled prog-rock legend Daevid Allen (Soft Machine, Gong), who told us of his strange encounter with actor Sherman Hemsley (a.k.a. George Jefferson). Here is the story of Hemsley’s obsession with flying teapots and his alleged den …

Wrens Watch Special Report, Jan. 9, 2009: New Wrens Single Out Now!

We’ve been fans of New Jersey’s finest since even before their first album came out back in 1994, so let’s just say we’re used to sitting around waiting for them to take their sweet-ass time putting out new music. (Three albums in more than 14 years makes the Wrens about as prolific as Boston, which …

John Petkovic Returns With J Mascis, Cobra Verde

“Most bands aren’t proxies for suicide hotlines,” says John Petkovic, frontman of Cleveland glam-rock outfit Cobra Verde. But it turns out that Petkovic’s latest project—an as-yet-unnamed band with J Mascis, Witch bassist Dave Sweetapple and Cobra Verde guitarist Tim Parnin—provided an emotional and creative lift when he needed it the most. “2007 was a total …