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2006 Stories by Dave Herrera

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  • Defecting!

    published August 10, 2006

    If misspelling Shudder to Think's name in my Jeremy Enigk piece a few weeks ago wasn't enough to get my hipster credentials revoked,... More >>

  • No One Left Standing

    published August 3, 2006

    Aubrey Collins is relieved. At least that's what I'm guessing, since I haven't been able to speak with the affable chanteuse since her... More >>

  • Stand Up Girl

    published August 3, 2006

    Steve Henrickson would be proud of his kid sister. If he could hear the stunningly evocative singer-songwriter she's become, he'd recognize that... More >>

  • Kronow

    published July 27, 2006

    Just when you're really getting into an act, it often seems to go the way of the dodo. A little more than a month after it was profiled in these... More >>

  • Daniel Powter

    published July 27, 2006

    I've had a bad day. Actually, this particular "Bad Day" has lasted more than five months, repeating over and over and over again, like... More >>

  • Shine On

    published July 27, 2006

    It's impossible to overstate Jeremy Enigk's influence on indie rock over the past decade. Sunny Day Real Estate, the Seattle-based quartet he... More >>

  • She's All That -- And More

    published July 27, 2006

    Last week I had the great misfortune of suffering through the first two episodes of The One: Making a Music Star, which is well on its way... More >>

  • Release Me

    published July 20, 2006

    Last month I profiled Dan Rutherford and Morning After Records, which had just partnered with Island Records ( More >>

  • DeVotchKa

    published July 13, 2006

    What's not to love about DeVotchKa? To hear its songs even once is to fall hopelessly, head over heels in love. With what, you ask? Anything and... More >>

  • Porch Songs

    published July 13, 2006

    It's just after 7 p.m. on a soggy Friday night, and I'm sitting at a table on a flagstone patio outside of Shooting Star Cafe, enjoying a brief... More >>

  • Liza

    published July 6, 2006

    Liza Oxnard could give Norah Jones a run for her money any day of the week. Straight out of the People's Republic, the erstwhile Zuba frontwoman... More >>

  • No Fair Fights

    published July 6, 2006

    The transformation of No Fair Fights has been absolutely stunning. Just two years ago, the group was churning out mediocre, cookie-cutter pop... More >>

  • Thom Yorke

    published July 6, 2006

    Thom Yorke's first individual outing is about what you'd expect -- a glitchy, primarily electronic excursion that mirrors Radiohead's most recent... More >>

  • Rat Race

    published July 6, 2006

    King Rat has been an ongoing concern for Luke Schmaltz for the better part of eleven years. During this time, despite numerous... More >>

  • Snapstick Dynomite

    published June 29, 2006

    He's baaaack! Except for sporadic performances with the hip-hop combo Dos Locos, Chris Dellinger has kept a low musical profile since his last... More >>

  • And the Winners Are...

    published June 29, 2006

    Maybe it was the complimentary Coors everyone was sucking down. Or perhaps it was the savory slabs of roast beef and turkey that folks were... More >>

  • Grazing

    published June 22, 2006

    When I was growing up, my folks would take me to a restaurant called the Royal Fork. It was a smorgasbord -- or borgasmorg, as my dad called it --... More >>

  • Top of the Morning

    published June 15, 2006

    Dan Rutherford looks like the cat who just ate the canary, like he knows something no one else does. He's had this look for a few months, ever... More >>

  • Mighty 18 Wheeler

    published June 8, 2006

    What I wouldn't give to be a greaser. The life's all about hot rods and hotter broads, pomade and pompadours. I've wanted to be a greaser since... More >>

  • Anatomy of a Hit

    published June 8, 2006

    Three years ago last week, when I became the Backbeat editor of this hallowed fish wrap, I was convinced that I had landed the coolest gig... More >>

  • Phallic Carnage

    published June 1, 2006

    Donovan Welsh and Bryan Knoebel came together over a blow job. "True story," says Welsh, Dork's bassist. "In 2001, I used to live at this... More >>

  • Tool Time

    published May 18, 2006

    Tool sucks live -- if you're a casual concert-goer expecting all the trappings of a classic rock show that is -- because a Tool performance... More >>

  • An Even Dozen

    published May 11, 2006

    One Saturday every June, thousands of people descend on the Golden Triangle for the Westword Music Showcase. For music fans, the Showcase is the... More >>

  • Moving Pictures

    published May 11, 2006

    The name Cinematic Underground sounds more like a movement than a band. And for Nathan Johnson, who leads the international twelve-piece ensemble,... More >>

  • Rebel With a Cause

    published May 4, 2006

    Sitting in a hotel bar overlooking downtown Denver, Vinnie Paul Abbott is stunned that not a single TV is tuned to the hockey game. His... More >>

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