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2003 Stories by Jason Heller

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  • Kick Astral

    published June 26, 2003

    Comets on Fire rescramble reality SUN, 6/29 Do you remember that one time Alice Cooper was a guest... More >>

  • Space Suite

    published June 19, 2003

    Wayne Shorter didn't start out playing the saxophone -- or even music. His first mode of expression as a teenager was the graphic arts. "Back in... More >>

  • Consumer Aborts

    published May 29, 2003

    Open up the May/June 2003 issue of Adbusters and you'll find a cardboard-sleeved CD glued to the inside of one of the pages. Its presence... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published May 29, 2003

    The phrase "Feel-Good Summer Hit" doesn't make any sense at all. Summer doesn't feel good -- in fact, it's downright shitty, what with all the pit... More >>

  • Get in the Vamp

    published May 22, 2003

    I'm not one of those people who wants to hear the same thing over and over again," says alto saxophonist and pioneer of improvised music Wally... More >>

  • Watchers

    published May 22, 2003

    Nothing's funnier than watching a room full of carefully uncaring, strategically mussed indie rockers trying to dance at a show. That is, trying... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published May 22, 2003

    Boredom, poverty, loneliness, suicide and heartbreak. Sounds cheerful, doesn't it? Actually, it is...as long as FM Knives are singing about... More >>

  • Johnny Marr and the Healers

    published May 1, 2003

    Whoever voted Johnny Marr one of the "Top Ten Guitar Heroes of All Time" must be a total idiot. Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page...sure,... More >>

  • I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House

    published April 24, 2003

    Nineteenth-century colonialists spoke patronizingly of the Noble Savage. Today we have the Enlightened Redneck: Mike Damron, singer/ guitarist of... More >>

  • Flame On

    published April 17, 2003

    He bleats at you with foghorn-like forlornness, a bedwetter yelping in his sleep while dreaming about tsunamis. In a downpour of snot and spit,... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published April 17, 2003

    So many daring jazz musicians who hit the scene in the late '60s wound up pissing away their talent throughout the following decades -- either... More >>

  • Space Is the Place

    published April 10, 2003

    There are a lot of things you want to ask the members of a band called Thank God for Astronauts. What they think of the Space Shuttle blowing up.... More >>

  • Reverend DeadEye

    published March 20, 2003

    "The Bible Thump! The Bible Thump! Everybody do the Bible Thump!!!" Along with his dead eye, the good Reverend might just have a couple screws... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published March 20, 2003

    With the recent semi-notoriety of Har Mar Superstar and MC Paul Barman, there seems to be a newfound market for self-consciously geeky Jewish... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published March 13, 2003

    The secret to writing a perfect pop song? Learn everything -- then forget it. Just look at Supergrass. This English group, playing Monday,... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published March 6, 2003

    Drawing a line around The Sea and Cake isn't easy. Over the past eight years, the Chicago quartet, appearing Friday, March 7, at the Gothic... More >>

  • Avant Garage

    published February 27, 2003

    Lighting should be theatrical rather than rockist. We are interested in atmosphere, mood, drama, energy, subtlety, imagination -- not rock... More >>

  • Five Day Messiah

    published February 20, 2003

    New Rock Regime opens with a sloppy, R2D2-sampling piss-take of a techno song; thirteen tracks later, it closes with a cover of CCR's... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published February 20, 2003

    In a weird twist of semantics, the word "authentic" has almost come to mean its exact opposite: fake. In this sense, 20 Miles, playing... More >>

  • Heavy Soul

    published February 6, 2003

    Your leader and our lapdog" is how Paul Weller describes President George W. Bush and British prime minister Tony Blair. Blair is the youthful... More >>

  • Hit Pick

    published February 6, 2003

    With much of the world dangling over an abyss of terror and war, now may be the most tense time in recent history to be alive. As if in... More >>

  • Hit Pick

    published January 16, 2003

    Skaters in the '80s thrashed to Jodie Foster's Army; today, they have Scott Baio Army. This punk foursome is splitting an album with fellow... More >>

  • High and Mighty

    published January 9, 2003

    Over the phone lines between Denver and Nashville, a distinct buzz can be heard -- and it's got nothing to do with faulty fiber optics. "I'm... More >>

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