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    Watching the electronic duo Matmos on the stage in the lot beside Metro Gallery, I was still thinking about the differences between live and recorded music that Amanda Petrusich’s book (see facing page) brought up in my mind. It is particularly apparent with Matmos, because M.C. Schmidt (pictured) and Drew Daniel sit across from each other with laptops and keyboards on the table between them. It is the kind of thing that could be horribly boring. But, goddamn, when Schmidt began playing a roll of packing tape—pulling the tape out, passing it to an audience member and instructing people to keep passing it back as he used his hands and fingers, which he occasionally licked, to manipulate the tension and the sound—it was utterly fucking transcendent. 

    With the release of Essential Tremors on ATO Records in September, J. Roddy Walston and the Business are finally living up to their name: They’re actually something like a profitable business. Despite their long hair and dark sunglasses, they’...

    New bio of Big Star's Alex Chilton reveals multifaceted and tragic life

    One morning in 1977, Alex Chilton, 26, former lead singer of the Box Tops and of Big Star, very likely hungover or still drunk, appeared before an American studies class at the University of Texas to discuss his career in music and his thoughts on the...

    A Long Weekend Of Urban Americana

    Deer Tick | Image by City Paper Digi-Cam Flanneled weird-beards of Baltimore: Fear not! Americana, with the occasional tinge of indie rock, is alive and well in this town. This past weekend we checked out a total of five acts, at three different venues,...

    Cajun Stomp: Savoy Family Band at the Catonsville Knights of Columbus, Nov. 6

    When Wilson Savoy plays with his regular band, the Pine Leaf Boys, he usually plays a single-row button accordion, the bleating instrument that's the bedrock of the Cajun dancehall sound. But when Wilson plays with his parents and brother as the Savoy...