This Week's Issue: How KBCS Is Staying Alive, How Julian Casablancas Is Preparing For Fatherhood, and The Real Crooked Vultures

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-- Leading off this week's issue in print--and online over here-- Brian J. Barr goes long on KBCS's balancing act: creating programming that will retain audiences for more than a couple hours at a time, and engaging those listeners who were particularly fond of the shorter, niche programming that has gone off the air.

-- When Julian Casablancas' bandmates in The Strokes decided to extend their hiatus for a series of solo detours, the songwriter and expecting father found himself with time and songs on his hands. He plays The Showbox on Saturday.

-- Hannah Levin chats up mr. Gnomoe--yes, with a little "m"--and gets to the bottom of the band's sound that draws on influences like Tool, Portishead and Björk.

-- Rocket Queen: In her weekly column, Levin discusses Jeff McNulty's heavy new band, Android Hero, and remembering Ben Hills.

-- Duff McKagan: And wrapping up the issue, we pulled in Duff's Reverb column on the term "supergroup" and why Them Crooked Vultures are a band not to be missed.

 
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