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MUSIC

 » Arcade Fire: Live at the Greek Theatre - Arcade Fire are the most essential rock band on the planet right now. I sensed this going in, but the two back-to-back sold-out shows neatly provided the R&D for this bold claim.
[10.14.2010 by Ari Shapiro]

MUSIC

 » Dan Deacon: LIVE - As the sun was arcing toward the horizon, up to this "club" pulls Dan Deacon's touring bus, which is actually an old school bus running on bio-fuel. To this hardened ex-Haight Streeter, it was smack out of every Dead show I've witnessed, right down to the ratty drapes lining the windows.
[04.28.2009 by Ari Shapiro]

MUSIC

 » Parts & Labor - If ever there was an audience out there that wanted to enjoy the Brooklyn band's bittersweet center but couldn't get beyond scaling the wall o' sound raucousness at its perimeter, their new album Receivers should do the trick.
[11.19.2008 by Ari Shapiro]

COLUMN

 » Bush Leagues - Gee whiz, even saying it out loud sounds too obvious, as if it were destined to be, in some twisted twist of American fate. It rolls off of one's tongue as effortlessly as n-u-c-u-l-e-r. A short political essay on The Hapless Baseball Team Owner Who Drove America Into The Bush Leagues.
[10.08.2008 by Ari Shapiro]

POLITICS

 » Clinton Hubris Factor - Eight years on from Bill Clinton and Lewinskygate, we see that hubris runs deep in the marital family. Hillary's refusal to throw in the towel is once again energizing the opposite Party, and adding more bricks in the wall that stands between Barack Obama and the Presidency.
[05.12.2008 by Ari Shapiro]

STYLE

 » R.E.Load Bags - With 2008 marking their tenth year in business, Roland Burns and Ellie Lum took time out from their busy stitching and riding schedule to talk with LAS staff writer Ari Shapiro about bags, the flavor in Philadelphia and Seattle, and of course toe clips.
[05.02.2008 by Ari Shapiro]

MUSIC

 » A Place To Bury Strangers - On their current tour of the US, their first in support of last year's highly regarded eponymous album, Brooklyn's sonic squallers are hitting Noise Pop, SXSW, and all points in between. Last week the band rolled into Tucson with just enough time to spare for an interview with LAS senior staff writer Ari Shapiro.
[03.14.2008 by Ari Shapiro]

MUSIC

 » In The Aeroplane Over The Sea - Neutral Milk Hotel's second album, issued a decade ago this week, is not only one of the most poignant ruminations on the hope and depravity of the human spirit, it is also one of indie rock's romantic staples. LAS senior staff writer Ari Shapiro ruminates on Jeff Mangum's unusual masterwork.
[02.14.2008 by Ari Shapiro]

MUSIC

 » Black Mountain: LIVE - Launching a tour in support of their latest album, In the Future - a work that revels in 1970s glory - the Vancouver quintet brought their live show to Tucson on Saturday night, flying the flag like a Led Dead Airplane. LAS staffer Ari Shapiro, with beer in hand (but sadly sans leisure suit), dropped in to check them out.
[02.11.2008 by Ari Shapiro]

MUSIC

 » Ode to Oldham - According the exhaustive music encyclopedia All Music Guide, the genre of Americana doesn't even exist. Try telling that to the solitary songwriters behind last fall's releases by Castanets and Phosphorescent, and the upcoming debut of Bon Iver - three releases paying homage to Will Oldham, the kind of indie Americana.
[01.22.2008 by Ari Shapiro]

STYLE

 » Cadence Clothing - Citing a focus on "creating intelligent, handmade, goods from the ground up," this one-man clothing company based in a small studio in Seattle is turning out garments that turn heads and turning the bike scene in the Pacific Northwest on its ear.
[01.04.2008 by Ari Shapiro]

MUSIC

 » Iron & Wine: LIVE - Still circling in support of this year's excellent album The Shepherd's Dog, Sam Beam brought his eclectic brand of new American folk to Tucson last week, along with the critically acclaimed but popularly slept-on Califone as openers.
[12.03.2007 by Ari Shapiro]

BIKE

 » La Suprema - "These bikes are made by hand, one at a time, with devotion. I play old jazz records for them." LAS staff writer Ari Shapiro chats up Tuscon, Arizona-based custom frame builder Ed Foster.
[10.26.2007 by Ari Shapiro]

MUSIC

 » Rilo Kiley: LIVE - Ari Shapiro and David Ziegler-Voll caught up with indie-turned-prime time outfit Rilo Kiley when they brought their live show to the Rialto Theatre in Tucson, Arizona, on October 9th, 2007.
[10.17.2007 by Ari Shapiro]

MUSIC

 » Tucson Triptych - Like tumbleweeds across the Sonoran desert, last week in Tuscon ended with Animal Collective, New Pornographers and Arctic Monkeys all blowing into town for three successive nights of shows at the Rialto Theatre.
[09.25.2007 by Ari Shapiro]

TRAVEL

 » Solo Moto Mojo - Music critic Ari Shapiro reviews Solo Moto Mojo, motorbiker Ari Shapiro's collection of travel moments - from a journey through Western North America, alone, by motorbike - accompanied by a series of images from the road.
[07.13.2007 by Ari Shapiro]

MUSIC

 » Arcade Fire: LIVE - LAS staff writer Ari Shapiro makes a break for it, traveling from the Arizona desert to the mild seaside city of San Diego to catch the hottest Canadian export since beaver pelts at their April 26th show.
[04.30.2007 by Ari Shapiro]

MUSIC

 » Rapture, The: LIVE - As LAS staffer Ari Shapiro puts it, NYC's most postent dance punks "categorically achieving what we all want out of live rock show: a massive effort that propels the music and style of the group to another level."
[11.13.2006 by Ari Shapiro]

MUSIC

 » Cloud Cult: LIVE - LAS staff writer Ari Shapiro filed this report after catching Headlights and Cloud Cult when they stopped through Tuscon, Arizona earlier this month.
[09.19.2006 by Ari Shapiro]
Reviews
»One Cell In The Sea
A Fine Frenzy
Virgin
»Strawberry Jam
Animal Collective
Domino
»Be He Me
Annuals
Ace Fu
»Neon Bible
Arcade Fire
Merge
»Places Like This
Architecture in Helsinki
Polyvinyl
»Attack of the Firebots
Argo
Ana-them
»Devotion
Beach House
Carpark
»The Flying Club Cup
Beirut
Ba Da Bing
»Kajak
Benni Hemm Hemm
Morr Music
»Baby 81
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
RCA
»Together With Cats
Blake Miller
Exit Stencil
»Andorra
Caribou
Merge
»The Palm Tree
Chris and Mollie
self-released
»Robbers & Cowards
Cold War Kids
Downtown
»A Mad and Faithful Telling
DeVotchKa
Anti-
»Too Proud To Practice
Duke Fame
self-released
»The Seldom Seen Kid
Elbow
Fiction
»On the Wing Now
Foreign Born
Dim Mak
»And Now This!
FOX Japan
self-released
»Album
Girls
True Panther
»Love Travels at Illegal Speeds
Graham Coxon
Parlophone
»Kill Them With Kindness
Headlights
Polyvinyl
»Volcano
Hot Springs
Quire
»Our Love to Admire
Interpol
Capitol
»Spirit If...
Kevin Drew
Arts & Crafts
»Myths of the Near Future
Klaxons
Geffen
»Let's Stay Friends
Les Savy Fav
Frenchkiss
»Liars
Liars
Mute
»Nine Times That Same Song
Love Is All
What's Your Rupture?
»Bring it Back
Mates of State
Barsuk
»835
Minmae
Greyday Productions
»Challengers
New Pornographers
Matador
»Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?
Of Montreal
Polyvinyl
»Pax Futura
Oliver Future
Fireproof
»Person Pitch
Panda Bear
Paw-Tracks
»Can't Go Back
Papercuts
Gnomonsong
»Mapmaker
Parts & Labor
Jagjaguwar
»Peel
Peel
Peek-A-Boo
»Nightcrawler
Pete Yorn
Columbia
»Writer's Block
Peter Bjorn and John
Almost Gold
»Outside Love
Pink Mountaintops
Jagjaguwar
»Prinzhorn Dance School
Prinzhorn Dance School
Astralwerks
»In Rainbows
Radiohead
self-released
»The Ashes Bloom
Reed KD
self-released
»Hvarf/Heim
Sigur Rós
XL
»Carnavas
Silversun Pickups
Dangerbird
»Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga
Spoon
Merge
»Real Emotional Trash
Stephen Malkmus
Matador
»Open Field
Taken by Trees
Rough Trade
»Maps and Legends
Taxi Taxi
self-released
»The Indifferent Universe
Terrene
Wax Orchard
»Astronomy for Dogs
The Aliens
Astralwerks
»Hospice
The Antlers
Frenchkiss
»The Besnard Lakes are the Dark Horse
The Besnard Lakes
Jagjaguwar
»Invitation Songs
The Cave Singers
Matador
»Praise Is Poison
The Clean Prophets
self-released
»There's No Love in this War
The Gunshy
Latest Flame
»Inside In/Inside Out
The Kooks
Astralwerks
»Sold For Tomorrow
The Moog
MuSick
»Boxer
The National
Beggars Banquet
»Now You Are One Of Us
The Paper Chase
Kill Rock Stars
»Pieces of the People We Love
The Rapture
Universal Motown
»Hometowns
The Rural Alberta Advantage
Saddle Creek
»The Trolleyvox Present the Karaoke Meltdowns
The Trolleyvox
Transit of Venus
»A Hundred Miles Off
The Walkmen
Record Collection
»Elephant Shell
Tokyo Police Club
Saddle Creek
»Get Yr Blood Sucked Out
Viva Voce
Barsuk
»Voxtrot
Voxtrot
Playlouderecordings
»It's Frightening
White Rabbits
TBD
»Adult Nights
Wild Light
StarTime International
»Wolfmother
Wolfmother
Modular Recordings
»Young Galaxy
Young Galaxy
Arts & Crafts