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  • Tin Hat Trio

    published November 25, 2004

    "Understated" is an understatement when talking about Tin Hat Trio. Listening to the ensemble is like looking through a keyhole into an roomful of... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published November 25, 2004

    Led Zeppelin had "The Battle of Evermore." Rush had "Rivendell." Since time immemorial, rock bands have made music based on the wizardly works of... More >>

  • Heart of Art

    published November 25, 2004

    "I'm totally addicted to the arts. I've been doing it all my life," says Louisville's David Williams. But he's just hinting at the depth and... More >>

  • Eminem

    published November 18, 2004

    Eminem might as well be a politician. He embodies the dichotomy well: someone who's fundamentally reprehensible as a human being, yet represents... More >>

  • Neko Case

    published November 18, 2004

    Not many songwriters are able to juxtapose Sunday-school hymns with a modest proposal that involves feeding unruly children to jungle cats. Neko... More >>

  • Big Business

    published November 18, 2004

    Uriah Heep woke up one morning to find itself reincarnated as two skinny Americans from Seattle who grew up on too much hardcore and Conan movies.... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published November 18, 2004

    Atmosphere with brutality isn't an easy combination to pull off. But the Autokinoton makes it look effortless -- that is, as effortless as... More >>

  • A Perfect Circle

    published November 11, 2004

    Sitting here at the chilling dawn of George W. Bush's re-election, the politicized whining of a tortured rock star rings pretty impotent and... More >>

  • Le Tigre

    published November 11, 2004

    Take a trenchantly independent band, throw a major-label budget and a big-name producer on top -- and the result is usually total crap. But Le... More >>

  • Bad Luck City

    published November 11, 2004

    Musicians have the strange compulsion to dig their own holes and never find a way to crawl back out. Take Denver's Bad Luck City: Its self-titled... More >>

  • David Dondero

    published November 11, 2004

    In his anthem "Living and the Dead," road-hungry songwriter David Dondero calls his chosen vocation "highway archeology." Add folk architecture,... More >>

  • Lucero

    published November 11, 2004

    You can't throw a rock in Memphis without hitting some arcane bit of music history. For instance, when the members of Lucero, the city's hometown... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published November 11, 2004

    Some bands come into this world fully formed, moving with fluid ease across the stage as if the lights and wires and racket of a rock show were... More >>

  • Music Tour Tunes Up

    published November 11, 2004

    Ask corporate execs or kids on the street, and they'll tell you: The music business is in sad shape, reeling from dismal sales and file-sharing... More >>

  • Scare Tactics

    published November 4, 2004

    At this moment, Drop the Fear's biggest fan is a grizzled man in an Army jacket standing on the sidewalk outside the Satire Lounge on East Colfax.... More >>

  • The Arcade Fire

    published November 4, 2004

    Few things in life are as fulfilling as loss. Really, people thrive on it. Sometimes, it even seems that any period of contentment we're lucky... More >>

  • Hot Snakes

    published November 4, 2004

    Audits, supposedly, are about as pleasurable as a tube of Super Glue squeezed down your urethra. So it's funny that Audit in Progress, the... More >>

  • The Gossip

    published November 4, 2004

    Not too many bands can open for Le Tigre one night and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion the next without skipping a beat. Yet after Olympia,... More >>

  • He Made It

    published November 4, 2004

    SUN, 11/7 From jingle slinger to jazz balladeer, Barry Manilow has proved to be mercilessly enduring. But seriously, how can... More >>

  • Electric Company

    published October 28, 2004

    Sometimes we get things off to a slow start," says Todd Baechle, revealing a trace of modesty not usually apparent as he slinks and swaggers,... More >>

  • Moving Units

    published October 28, 2004

    Talk about missing the boat. When Moving Units' debut EP came out in 2002, it actually sounded kind of fresh for being a slab of retro rehash.... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published October 28, 2004

    Explosions in the Sky doing the soundtrack to a jock flick? Makes about as much sense as Korn scoring a Merchant-Ivory film. And yet the ethereal... More >>

  • Michael Andrew Doherty

    published October 28, 2004

    Though it's often prone to sounding like a malfunctioning Hoover, minimalist music is not made in a vacuum. In fact, when it comes to the tweaking... More >>

  • The Delgados

    published October 28, 2004

    This Scottish quartet has always had a problem getting its due in the States. Although the Delgados' members collectively founded the Chemikal... More >>

  • Damien Jurado

    published October 28, 2004

    Allegedly, teachers teach because they can't do. Damien Jurado, though, shouldn't have any worries: Although he leads sing-alongs as a preschool... More >>

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