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2005 Stories by Dave Herrera

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  • Nightmare Before Blistmas

    published December 15, 2005

    A couple of Christmases ago, in a now-infamous installment of the Beatdown (December 18, 2003), I wrote some pretty harsh shit about Blister 66... More >>

  • Pool Quotes

    published December 15, 2005

    Robert Salyers is a geek. Most people would be put off by this designation, but not Salyers. He wears the title like a badge of... More >>

  • In the Process

    published December 8, 2005

    Mike Landers and Alan Johnson are driven. In February 2003, the Deux Process partners in rhyme -- aka Vice Versa and... More >>

  • Everyone's a DJ

    published December 1, 2005

    People don't know what they like. They like what they know. A program-director friend of mine once shared that axiom with me as he tried to... More >>

  • Alter Call

    published November 24, 2005

    For more than a decade, Jeff Campbell, aka Apostle, has been a cornerstone of hip-hop in Denver. This spring, however, if all goes... More >>

  • Polywood Ending

    published November 17, 2005

    "I'm actually not really a Grateful Dead fan," confesses Polytoxic frontman Tori Pater. "I don't tell many people this."... More >>

  • The High Life

    published November 10, 2005

    Chris Sauthoff sounds like a stoner. Explaining how his new band, U.S. Pipe and the Balls Johnson Dance Machine, got its name, he... More >>

  • Nickelback

    published November 3, 2005

    When mook rock's prime minister, Fred Durst, vacated his seat and took up residence in Barelyhasbeenville, the Dude contingent was minus a... More >>

  • Group Study

    published November 3, 2005

    Inside Littleton High School's gymnasium, Craig Finn looks enchanted as he admires a wall-sized collage containing lyrical bits and photo... More >>

  • The Trampolines

    published October 27, 2005

    The Trampolines' no-frills brand of acoustic rock is as indistinct as it is predictable: The songs swell and crescendo on cue, the lyrics follow... More >>

  • Hear, Hear!

    published October 27, 2005

    "It's almost like it goes in one ear and out the other," says Chris Cory, flashing a grin as he describes the irony of what happens when... More >>

  • All Aboard

    published October 20, 2005

    Talk is cheap. Well, not that cheap, according to Brice Hancock, guitarist for Rubber Planet. He just bought... More >>

  • Magic Bus

    published October 13, 2005

    I'm Irish, but I'm not a leprechaun. Yeah, I know. That's Whitey Ford's line, and I'm about as Irish as Antonio Banderas.... More >>

  • Rising Up!, Mod Is Dead

    published October 6, 2005

    Finally, the mystery is solved. For the past month or so, fliers have been circulating around town carrying the cryptic message "Mod Is Dead."... More >>

  • Death Cab for Cutie

    published October 6, 2005

    Ben Gibbard, Death Cab for Cutie's voice and resident wordsmith, is the best lyricist of the past decade -- although the insufferable indie-rock... More >>

  • Reel to Real

    published October 6, 2005

    Phil Murray is stoked. This Saturday, Live From Ebbets Field Vol. 1, the project he's been working on for eighteen months with G.... More >>

  • Dead Heaven Cowboys

    published September 29, 2005

    Dead Heaven Cowboys will either strike you as auspiciously prescient -- shrewdly anticipating the resurgence of a dormant, bygone genre -- or... More >>

  • Score

    published September 29, 2005

    I spent nearly three hours underneath the Colfax viaduct last weekend, sweating and pacing back and forth in the parking lot like a caged gorilla.... More >>

  • The Fray

    published September 22, 2005

    The Fray is the modern-rock equivalent of Everybody Loves Raymond, a series that approached everyday situations with a shrewd exactitude,... More >>

  • The Moron the Merrier

    published September 22, 2005

    Earlier this year, Carlos Santana and his wife, Deborah, handed one of the guitarist's yes men his walking papers. But it wasn't because the... More >>

  • Immigrant Song

    published September 22, 2005

    "If this really is my last show," says Leonardo Zayas, aka Leo 7, "that's what I want to see: happy faces having a good time, not a... More >>

  • The Fray

    published September 15, 2005

    The Fray's story is as compelling as it is unbelievable. Less than two years ago, the band was completely unknown, playing sparsely attended gigs... More >>

  • The Beatdown

    published September 15, 2005

    God damn. Mountain air is thin. You already know this, right? Because unlike me -- a confirmed city slicker who makes the trek to ski country once... More >>

  • Present Tens

    published September 15, 2005

    Stuffed into a pair of oversized booths at Mickey Manor, the members of Ten Cent Redemption could pass as a support group for male pattern... More >>

  • John Mellencamp

    published September 1, 2005

    Quick: What's the name of John Mellencamp's latest album? Uh-huh. That's what we thought you'd say. Actually, though, we're looking for the title... More >>

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