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2004 Stories by Eryc Eyl

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  • Matt Pond PA

    published December 16, 2004

    Prolific as a deceased rapper, chamber-pop outfit Matt Pond PA is hard to keep up with. This year, the group released an EP and a... More >>

  • Roses Are Red

    published December 9, 2004

    Roses Are Red's Trustkill Records debut, Conversations, comes plastered with a badge that proudly proclaims "ROCK IS BACK." As... More >>

  • Master of Porpoise

    published December 2, 2004

    Brent Hinds is putting on some weight. Right now, his band Mastodon is in the middle of a mega-budget, liquor-sponsored arena tour with Slayer and... More >>

  • Codeseven

    published December 2, 2004

    Codeseven's latest release, Dancing Echoes/ Dead Sounds, with its cushy synth pads and sweeping sonic panoramas, could be likened to a lost... More >>

  • John Prine

    published December 2, 2004

    John Prine has been hawking his musical hybrid of affable country simplicity and cynical cosmopolitan wit for more than thirty years, and he shows... More >>

  • Dr. Neptune

    published November 25, 2004

    The world probably doesn't need another hardworking Bad Religion sound-alike, but Denver just might. You have to admire Dr. Neptune for earning a... More >>

  • Grandaddy

    published November 18, 2004

    The concept behind Below the Radio is that you -- the independent music consumer and/or poseur -- admire Grandaddy's Jason Lytle so much... More >>

  • Napalm Death

    published November 18, 2004

    On Leaders Not Followers: Part 2, nineteen of the most brutal speedcore, Satanic-metal and thrash songs ever recorded are drained of all... More >>

  • Himsa

    published November 18, 2004

    An illegitimate reminder of a barely legal one-night stand between Slayer and Botch, or the grandchild Judas Priest and Iron Maiden never knew... More >>

  • Despistado

    published November 18, 2004

    If only Repeater-era Fugazi had sounded like the members were actually having fun, or (International) Noise Conspiracy had come from... More >>

  • Industrial Strength

    published November 11, 2004

    KMFDM is not that different today," says Sascha Konietzko. "We're still not serious. There's still a lot of cheeky stuff going on." These are... More >>

  • A.F.I.

    published November 11, 2004

    Before A.F.I. hit punk pay dirt in 2003 with Sing the Sorrow, the quartet built a bloodthirsty following on Dexter Holland's Nitro Records.... More >>

  • Breather Resist

    published November 11, 2004

    Can't take one more moment of election post-mortem? Try this simple diversion. Pull out your favorite Dillinger Escape Plan, Jesus Lizard and... More >>

  • Victory at Sea

    published November 11, 2004

    Boston's Victory at Sea makes brooding, seductive rock for smoky bars everywhere. Mona Elliott channels PJ Harvey and Sally Norvell with her... More >>

  • Doll House

    published November 4, 2004

    Life is a work of art," says Amanda Palmer. "It's all art -- from how you decorate, to how you treat other people, to how you cook your food."... More >>

  • The Ocean Blue

    published November 4, 2004

    The Ocean Blue's dreamy, melodic approach has changed little in the more than fifteen years since Hershey, Pennsylvania's second-sweetest export... More >>

  • Cannibal Corpse

    published November 4, 2004

    Though its shtick of gross-out lyrics, lightning-fast riffs and truly vile artwork should have worn thin by now, Cannibal Corpse is still the most... More >>

  • Son, Ambulance

    published October 28, 2004

    Omaha's Son, Ambulance finally delivers on the indie-pop promises of its debut EP, Oh, Holy Fools. Joe Knapp, the reckless and impassioned... More >>

  • Garaj Mahal

    published October 28, 2004

    None of the typical jam-band cliches -- patchouli, spinning dancers, aimless soloing -- really applies to Garaj Mahal. Yet the act often gets... More >>

  • Sci-Fidelity

    published October 21, 2004

    I've always wanted to be George Lucas," admits Coheed and Cambria's Claudio Sanchez. "But I'm not really. I just want to rock." Coheed and... More >>

  • Mastodon

    published October 21, 2004

    You say the Melvins aren't heavy enough? Metallica's '80s output doesn't give you a sufficient blood-pressure spike? Fear not: Atlanta's Mastodon... More >>

  • Hot Water Music

    published October 21, 2004

    Hot Water Music has torn up punk venues around the world for more than ten years, so it should come as no surprise that the band's 2004 tour... More >>

  • The Fever

    published October 21, 2004

    While countless acts hawk Faint-ly familiar dance punk, check out the Hot Hot Heat emanating from the Fever. The quintet's rowdy, '80s-inspired... More >>

  • The Dears

    published October 14, 2004

    No Cities Left is the best Brit-pop album of 2004 -- only the Dears are from Montreal, not Manchester. But don't hold that against them:... More >>

  • Trashcan Sinatras

    published October 14, 2004

    When the Trashcan Sinatras released their 1990 debut, their brand-new songs already seemed retro, pining romantically for the best U.K. guitar pop... More >>

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