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2005 Stories by Annie Zaleski

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  • Pop Rocks

    published December 29, 2005

    In 2005, pop music was rock music. Between Kelly Clarkson's tarted-up "Since U Been Gone," Ashlee Simpson's raspy,... More >>

  • Days in December

    published October 20, 2005

    Although Decemberists vocalist Colin Meloy went on a solo tour this past winter, Picaresque, the Portland, Oregon, band's third album, is... More >>

  • Anger Management

    published September 29, 2005

    In a recent New York Times article that disputes the age-old link between creativity and depression, author Peter D. Kramer claims that it... More >>

  • Tori Amos

    published September 1, 2005

    Tori Amos perfected her ability to combine creative risks with emotional introspection on early discs such as 1996's Boys for Pele, which... More >>

  • Death Cab for Cutie

    published August 25, 2005

    On its major-label debut, Death Cab captures flashbulb moments of melancholy -- the dissolution of a summer romance, growing apart from a lover,... More >>

  • Ben Lee

    published August 11, 2005

    This past March, during a packed set at South by Southwest, Ben Lee gratefully exclaimed, "We're just so fucking lucky to have music!" -- without... More >>

  • Letter Kills

    published February 24, 2005

    As the major-label feeding frenzy continues over bands that flaunt more hair dye than a local PTA chapter, more and more groups that should have... More >>

  • Hawthorne Heights

    published February 24, 2005

    The only ones likely to file Hawthorne Heights under "must-hear" are those stressing over their SAT scores and potential prom dates. Even so, the... More >>

  • LCD Soundsystem

    published February 17, 2005

    The beauty of James Murphy's early LCD Soundsystem singles like "Losing My Edge" was the way they simultaneously awarded him hipster credentials... More >>

  • Pernice Brothers

    published February 17, 2005

    Naming his band's live album Nobody's Watching Nobody's Listening sums up the wry humor of Joe Pernice, who remains forever genial about... More >>

  • Tsunami Bomb

    published February 17, 2005

    In an age in which the concept of women fronting punk bands is still (frustratingly) a cute novelty, Tsunami Bomb defiantly transcends gender and... More >>

  • ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead

    published February 10, 2005

    Austin gear-destroyer ŠAnd You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead is one of those bands signed to a major label not for commercial viability,... More >>

  • Shear Joy

    published January 20, 2005

    Judging from the last presidential election, not many Americans are ready to make Will and Grace as welcome in their neighborhoods as Ozzie and... More >>

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