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  • No Pain, No Jayne

    published December 15, 2005

    Counting the similarities between the Mansfields and the Ramones is like going down a list of Lincoln/ Kennedy coincidences. Primal pop-punk... More >>

  • Diamonds in the Rough

    published December 15, 2005

    Neil Diamond's 1966 debut single was "Solitary Man." Since then, though, he's been anything but. While there's no denying the chart giant's... More >>

  • Suffrajett

    published December 15, 2005

    Chicago's Jason Chasko is no stranger to backing up bold frontwomen. The guitarist co-wrote and played on Liz Phair's underrated... More >>

  • Have Strum, Will Travel

    published December 8, 2005

    Half Charles Kuralt, half Jack Kerouac, David Dondero has been exploring the highways and side roads of America for fifteen years, turning his... More >>

  • Syd Matters

    published December 8, 2005

    As if M83's output over the last four years hasn't sufficiently shamed America for its post-9/11 tantrum of France-bashing, here's another... More >>

  • Prescription

    published December 8, 2005

    Just ask the Vandals, SNFU or, if you must, Blink-182: Punk has always been obsessed with lousy, Mad magazine-level puns. Epoxy Lips... More >>

  • Normanoak

    published December 8, 2005

    The Indiana-based indie imprint Secretly Canadian has quietly grown into a powerhouse over the past couple of years, with signees as illustrious... More >>

  • Single Frame

    published December 8, 2005

    Between being a hot-shot photographer and a full-time rock star, Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs found time to remix a couple of songs this... More >>

  • Cowboy Curse

    published December 8, 2005

    Sometimes the wait is so fucking worth it. Cowboy Curse has taken its sweet time putting together a debut album; a year and half has passed... More >>

  • Cavemen

    published December 1, 2005

    When Cave In made its first trip to Denver six years ago, the anticipation was feverish. And for good reason: The Boston quartet was touring in... More >>

  • Akron/Family & Angels of Light

    published December 1, 2005

    After Michael Gira's discovery of Devendra Banhart, it seems that the Angels of Light frontman (and Young God Records head) knows a good... More >>

  • Oblio Duo

    published December 1, 2005

    My handmade copy of Oblio Duo's eponymous CD came with a strand of human hair accidentally glued into it. There are two things I can do with that... More >>

  • Naked Aggression

    published December 1, 2005

    In 1998, director Penelope Spheeris made The Decline of Western Civilization Part III. But unlike the first installment, which centered on... More >>

  • William Elliott Whitmore

    published December 1, 2005

    The art of singing your fucking guts out is almost a lost one -- not that you'd know by listening to William Elliott Whitmore. Lunging between a... More >>

  • Echo and the Bunnymen

    published November 24, 2005

    Echo and the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch used to rhapsodize about his desire to be the new Frank Sinatra. And although Harry Connick Jr. beat him to... More >>

  • Tibet on It

    published November 24, 2005

    Tamdin Wangdu was a student at CU in 2000, finishing work on a degree in business administration, when he heard the news that his father had died.... More >>

  • Road Rage

    published November 17, 2005

    Milemarker is known as Chicago's premier purveyor of microchip-addled post-hardcore and brainy political lyricism. But the group, formed in North... More >>

  • Sun Kil Moon

    published November 17, 2005

    First, a couple of basic axioms: Sun Kil Moon's Mark Kozelek is underrated; Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock is overrated. That said, Sun Kil Moon's... More >>

  • Dear Nora

    published November 17, 2005

    While Portland's Dear Nora is known on record as a sprawling collective of nearly a dozen musicians, the group's core member, singer/guitarist... More >>

  • (die) Pilot

    published November 17, 2005

    Last spring, (die) Pilot unleashed Radiation, Weather, Art, a promising debut bursting with guitar hooks, gloriously loose... More >>

  • Sea Fare

    published November 17, 2005

    FRI, 11/18 Woodie Guthrie had the Dust Bowl. John Denver had the Rocky Mountains. Likewise, Gordon Bok has always been... More >>

  • The Blackout Pact

    published November 10, 2005

    Thursday's Geoff Rickly is no Lorenzo de'Medici -- but then again, the Blackout Pact is hardly Michelangelo. Still, Rickly's patronage of the... More >>

  • Grace Gale

    published November 10, 2005

    Grace Gale might go down as the least original band Denver has ever seen. Everything about the group's new full-length, A Few Easy Steps to... More >>

  • Traindodge

    published November 10, 2005

    Post-hardcore can be split into two eras: pre-At the Drive-In and post-At the Drive-In. Oklahoma's Traindodge sticks out by sounding as if ATDI... More >>

  • Orenda Fink

    published November 10, 2005

    There's nothing wrong with a little pseudo-sisterly rivalry. Not that Orenda Fink and her Azure Ray comrade, Maria Taylor, were necessarily... More >>

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