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Starring a Band with an Asterisk

Their music has been dubbed new-wave, pop-punk and various combinations thereof, but stellastarr* just likes to call it "rock." Between watching soft-core porns and touring to promote their album, Harmonies for the Haunted, stellastarr*'s pretty busy these days. Street: How would you define your music?

by JACLYN EINIS

Putting the Woo Back into Wu-tang

Real thugs never die. Unfortunately, they also have trouble staying creative. Ghostface Killah's newest album, Fishscale, is yet another record to emerge from Wu-Tang's prolific machinery.

by GABRIEL CRANE

MTV BMOC

Dov Kogen began singing and writing songs at the ripe age of three, when he took the tune of Jewish hymn "Adon Olam" and set it to the one-word lyric "guitar." "I didn't actually play guitar back then," the psychology major and music minor says, "so I sort of strummed my aunt's 30-year-old classical guitar," which he would actually learn to play in the fourth grade.

by LISA TAUBER

O welcome back, karen O

With the wild success of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs's debut album Fever to Tell, the musical trio from New York set a remarkably high standard for itself.

by MANYA SCHEPS

The Grateful Dead meets Picasso

Originally J. Leto and his brother's side project, 30 Seconds to Mars has recently gained a reputation in its own right.

by CLAIRE STAPLETON

Indie rock that you can happily gyrate to

It is not often that a band produces something truly unique. Almost every successful indie group today somehow derives its sound from Morrissey or Bowie or even Byrne.

by ALEXANDRA CHAN

A Penn band you actually want to hear

Penn's very own the Pale Nimbus knows something is missing from this university's campus. And so do their fans.

by AMANDA JASSO

Turn the stereo up

Since their 1991 debut, Stereolab has functioned as one of the most influential -- if under the radar -- bands of the pseudo-pop electronica circuit.

by GABRIEL CRANE

Philly Rockers Fight for Visibility

"The last time we were out on tour was two or three years ago. We've actually just been recording this album, and watching the children.

by GABRIEL CRANE

Not all british rock stars are created equal

Hopping the pond makes for strange bedfellows. Though the Subways had an early U.S. breakthrough this fall on that great cultural arbiter, The O.C., a February release date has lumped their debut with the latest wave of British musical exports.

by ALEX JACOBS

Processed cheese

Richard Cheese The Sunny Side of the Moon: The Best of Richard Cheese If this is your first listen to Richard Cheese, be forewarned: too much Cheese may result in massive indigestion, and upchuck reflexes may ensue.

by AMANDA JASSO

Almost Stars

Several years ago, three members of the orchestral pop band Stars smoked pot in New York's Central Park and were arrested by an undercover cop.

by LISA TAUBER

Battle of the Music Fests

This past week, the line-ups for two important music festivals were announced. Hippie Bonnarooites cursed its indie line-up, while Coachella fans were equally disappointed by its list of bands.

by ALEX CHAN

Texas rockers drift onto the scene

Straddling the state line between Texas and Arkansas is a little city called Texarkana, home of the only U.S.

by LAURA AMANN

Ring My Belle... and sebastian

Belle and Sebastian The Life Pursuit What happened to the old Stuart Murdoch? Where did he go?

by JEREMY BARON

Hip-Hop meets hardcore

Two years ago, P.O.S. was pulling water-shutoff notices from his door. One year later, he was touring the U.S.

by LAURA AMANN

Jada Pinkett Smith gets jiggy with wicked wisdom

You may know her as Will Smith's wife, or as the actress in such films as the Matrix Reloaded and Madagascar, but Jada Pinkett Smith is reinventing herself as the frontwoman of the new, aggressive rock band Wicked Wisdom.

by AMY STAROSTA

2006 music preview

On Tour in Philly: February 10-11: Wu-Tang Clan at the Electric Factory February 16: Common at the House of Blues, Atlantic City March 4: Belle & Sebastian and the New Pornographers at the Electric Factory April 6: Coldplay at the Wachovia Center Albums to be Released: Belle & Sebastian -- The Life Pursuit, February 7 After having teamed up with producer Trevor Horn (Tatu) for 2003's Dear Catastrophe Waitress, the band returns to its usual producer, Tony Hoffer, for this much-anticipated album, which is said to have a '70s influence.

by 34TH STREET

Don't stroke their ego

In 2001, with the release of the Strokes' first album, Is This It, critics predicted that they would be the leaders of a new era of rock and roll, and for a while, they were right.

by LAURA AMANN

Best Albums of 2005

And you thought music was dead. It's been a pretty good year for music, with some disappointments along the way, but if anything, 2005 indicated that good bands just keep getting better.

by 34TH STREET

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