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Sparta steps out of the Shadows

They are talented and hard-working, and with their spot on the Letterman show last month and their recent tour with Incubus, Sparta is finally getting the recognition they deserve. Sparta formed out of the shambles of the celebrated indie rock band At the Drive-In. When At the Drive-In split, guitarists Jim Ward, Paul Hinojos and drummer Tony Hajjar went on to form Sparta. Once they added childhood friend Matt Miller on bass, the lineup was complete.

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Death Cab for Cutie on the rise

For those who haven't heard Seattle-based indie rockers Death Cab for Cutie (DCFC), or lead singer Ben Gibbard's side project The Postal Service yet, - expect to. After they released what many feel is their best album to date, "Transatlanticism," in the fall of 2003 and gaining increasing exposure on tour, it's clear that DCFC is a band on the rise.

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Mico speaks out with smart sound

Mico is the next generation of bands with a political edge, sharing its views with modesty and respect while serving up a fresh indie rock sound. Lead singer John Stewart kicks aside the soapbox by infusing politics into his music with smart, subtle lyrics that avoid preaching and ranting.

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Indie rockers relate

Death Cab for Cutie rocked out to a sold-out house at the Black Cat last Monday night, wowing the audience with a stellar live performance.

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Follow your 'Instinct' to new album

With hot, sultry gasps, Denali breathes life into the indie music scene, offering an innovative brand of sensual rock. Driven by female vocals and rich, resonant guitars, this band emanates mysterious energy. Denali's new album, "The Instinct," is an exciting follow-up to its first release.

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