Author Archives: Matthew Fritch

Put Up Your Dukes: Queens Of The Stone Age

Two of MAGNET’s Matts—editor Matthew Fritch and writer Matt Ryan—go to the mat to see whose opinion is more correct. Today’s topic: Queens Of The Stone Age. Put up your dukes! From: Matt Ryan To: Matthew Fritch As you know, I’ve been following Josh Homme’s career from the early Kyuss days through the various incarnations […]

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Q&A With Los Campesinos!

As evidenced by both their music and exclamatory band name, the seven members of Cardiff, Wales’ Los Campesinos! are excitable boys and girls. The group’s third album, Romance Is Boring (Arts & Crafts), is an energetic, all-hands-on-deck dash through the pantheon of sharp indie pop and sloppy post-punk, gathering steam from Bright Eyes’ sense of […]

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Q&A With They Might Be Giants

If you seek proof of the theory of evolution, consider They Might Be Giants. Over the course of three decades, the duo of John Linnell and John Flansburgh learned how to adapt and thrive in an increasingly hostile musical environment. TMBG diversified early and often, from its Dial-A-Song project and TV theme songs (Malcolm In The Middle) […]

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Put Up Your Dukes: Dinosaur Jr

Two of MAGNET’s Matts—editor Matthew Fritch and writer Matt Ryan—go to the mat to see whose opinion is more correct. Today’s topic: Dinosaur Jr. Put up your dukes! From: Matthew Fritch To: Matt Ryan Dinosaur Jr came to town last month. I didn’t go see them. In fact, I’ve never seen Dinosaur Jr (or its […]

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Q&A With Eugene Mirman

If you haven’t listened to a comedy album since Hello Dummy! (how old are you, anyway?), you might not be aware that you’re living in a golden age of stand-up. Along with David Cross, Zach Galifianakis and Patton Oswalt, Eugene Mirman has liberated stand-up comedy from the zany fratboys and sweater-clad neurotics. Mirman’s latest album, […]

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Q&A With Richard Hawley

Though the English steel town of Sheffield has produced an unusually crowded field of popular musicians—from Joe Cocker, Def Leppard and the Human League to Pulp, Cabaret Voltaire and Arctic Monkeys—only Richard Hawley can be trusted with the key to the city. A deep-voiced, working-class songwriter with an affinity for ’50s-era crooners, American country music […]

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The Over/Under: Fugazi

I was a teenage Fugazi fan. It should’ve been the easiest thing in the world: all-ages shows, all the time. Five-dollar tickets and $8 CDs so even minimum-wage lackeys like myself didn’t feel put out. Straight edge? Not really a problem when you’re under 21 and look closer to 12. But it wasn’t easy. Who […]

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The Over/Under: The National

Admitting that last week’s Britpop-themed Over/Under got a little out of hand is the first step in realizing that puppeteering broad-based cultural phenomena via listmaking is something best left to professionals like Entertainment Weekly and Amazon.com customer reviews. By contrast, an Over/Under list for the National is so far inside MAGNET’s batcave that we probably […]

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The Over/Under: Queens Of The Stone Age

Attention comments-section creeps, mutants, shut-ins and teenage hand models: MAGNET has been fairly diplomatic about these Over/Under lists in recent weeks, offering up a “hey, it’s just this listener’s opinion” line of conciliatory dialogue in order to keep the apes in the yard. But when it comes to Queens Of The Stone Age, the best […]

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Q&A With The Jescos’ James Jackson Toth And Timothy Bracy

Given MAGNET’s detailed coverage of the end of the Mendoza Line—a beloved, ragtag countrypolitan bar band that went up in flames in 2007—it only seems fitting that we have plenty of access to the formation of the Jescos, the new group featuring the Mendoza Line’s Timothy Bracy. Called into action by Tennessee singer/songwriter James Jackson […]

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