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  • Tell You What

    published October 28, 2004

    SAT, 10/30 The Billy Nayer Show, a New York City-based band, has created bizarre story-driven rock for more than a decade. But... More >>

  • The High Water Marks and Ulysses

    published October 21, 2004

    Not to get too gossipy or anything, but did you hear about the Apples in Stereo? After years of marriage, drummer Hilarie Sidney and guitarist... More >>

  • The Czars

    published October 21, 2004

    Autumn. To some, it's all about chestnut hues, rustling leaves and the realization that all things must wither to be reborn. To others, it's the... More >>

  • Mirah

    published October 21, 2004

    As versed in jazz and chamber music as she is in acoustic pop, Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn has a lot more on her plate than your typical Cat... More >>

  • Q and Not U

    published October 21, 2004

    "Your spine is curving like a question mark," belts out Christopher Richards somewhere in the middle of Power, the new full-length from... More >>

  • South Bound

    published October 14, 2004

    Driving through the lush mountains of rural Appalachia, there's plenty of pretty scenery to look at -- for instance, a tiny TV screen broadcasting... More >>

  • Blood Brothers

    published October 14, 2004

    Some albums are so twisted that when you listen to them, you think your CD player might be busted. But give the Blood Brothers' new disc,... More >>

  • Elliott Smith

    published October 14, 2004

    There's just way too much that you can read into this album. Yes, this month marks the anniversary of Elliott Smith's tragic suicide -- not... More >>

  • Converge

    published October 14, 2004

    With rookie metal-core acts popping up out of nowhere like a bad case of ass acne, it's great to see the hard-bitten, decibel-scarred troops of... More >>

  • The Makers

    published October 14, 2004

    Jim Chandler once whacked the skins in a slew of Colorado outfits, from the punky Social Joke to the fuzzy Down-n-Outs. But even after moving to... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published October 14, 2004

    "To escape landlord land, we created Landlordland." So reads a part of the vaguely Situationist diatribe that adorns More >>

  • Reading, Writing, Rock

    published October 14, 2004

    TUES, 10/19 Lollapalooza died a quick and quiet death this summer, a victim of sluggish ticket sales and growing apathy toward the... More >>

  • Wing Men

    published October 7, 2004

    The Moths' Jason Cain is a known bullshit artist. Just ask the subscribers to his group's weekly e-mail updates who are treated to regular doses... More >>

  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    published October 7, 2004

    Ever notice how hilarious Nick Cave is? Seriously, the guy's a scream. Take, for instance, Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus, the goth... More >>

  • Good Charlotte

    published October 7, 2004

    The good news is, The Chronicles of Life and Death actually succeeds at its goal: breaking Good Charlotte out of the post-Blink-182 ghetto.... More >>

  • Atlas

    published October 7, 2004

    If, like philosopher Alfred Korzybski, you know how far a map can stray from the territory, an entire atlas can be downright disorienting.... More >>

  • Wrangler Brutes

    published October 7, 2004

    When Sam McPheeters first shrieked "Born Against are fucking dead!" over a decade ago, it was only a sarcastic epitaph for his band. But it soon... More >>

  • Wiccan Win!

    published October 7, 2004

    FRI, 10/8 From Harry Potter to Sabrina, the practice of witchcraft has been ripped off, exploited and corrupted over the past few... More >>

  • Rock of Ages

    published October 7, 2004

    SAT, 10/9 Centuries ago, minstrels roamed the countryside with lutes and mandolins, trilling ballads of romance, chivalry and the... More >>

  • Nerd Up

    published September 30, 2004

    Want to see a paradox in action? Try giving IQ tests to Hot IQs. After staring at the photocopied, stapled piles of paper incomprehensibly... More >>

  • Interpol

    published September 30, 2004

    One of the gloomiest retro-wave acts in recent memory decides to name its sophomore CD Antics? After painting itself into a corner with... More >>

  • These Arms Are Snakes

    published September 30, 2004

    Have you seen that commercial for the Scentstories Fragrance Player? Instead of a music disc, you stick some CD-shaped odor puck into it, and a... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published September 30, 2004

    Not too many 22-year-old indie kids cite Tom Petty as their creative catalyst. But after Denverite Gann Matthews was dragged by his dad to... More >>

  • Hop-Heads Unite

    published September 30, 2004

    THURS, 9/30 Q: What's the connection between English artist Ralph Steadman and a microbrew called Broken Keg Ice Bock? A: Both will be... More >>

  • Wolf Eyes

    published September 23, 2004

    Regardless of what the codpiece-metal marauders in Manowar taught you, rock and medieval weaponry do not mix. Apparently, this lesson never... More >>

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