Michael Roberts

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  • 5 years ago | Concerts

    These brainy Orange County, California post-hardcore dudes have been slogging it out for more than a decade, and though their mid-'00s major-label stint didn't quite attract My Chem-grade crowds, Thrice is still making passionate, meaningful music...

  • 6 years ago | Concerts

    As far as we know, a star-maker didn't have anything to do with the formation of Hey Monday. But the West Palm Beach group's members seem to have been as carefully cast for their roles as the telegenic types who made up two of Florida's prepackage...

  • 6 years ago | Concerts

    Daniel LeDisko and Jo'B, the twosome currently causing L.A. Riots, are the remixers of the moment — definitely a short-term position given the trendiness of the international club scene but one that can occasionally lead to greater things. T...

  • 6 years ago | Concerts

    Thanks to MTV, Aaron "Shwayze" Smith and Cisco Adler began climbing the ladder of success several rungs higher than most new artists. Buzzin', a limited-run series on the network, brought the chilled-out hip-hop duo straight into the living rooms ...

  • 6 years ago

    Vocalists get the prima donna's share of attention in most groups. But according to Evan Mast, who represents half of the Brooklyn-based instrumental duo Ratatat, their presence can put a damper on creativity. "As a band, Ratatat can get away with...

  • 7 years ago

    Marnie Stern This Is It and I Am It and You Are It and So Is That and He Is It and She Is It and It Is It and That Is That (Kill Rock Stars) In "Prime," the first song here, Stern declares, "Defenders, get onto your knees," and...