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  • Mind Over Matter

    published November 10, 2005

    FRI, 11/11 In 2000, artist Patricio Córdova produced a piece titled "Allegory of My Life," an assemblage of painted hearts,... More >>

  • Elastic Country

    published November 10, 2005

    FRI, 11/11 "Bring 'em on," challenges Rodney Crowell. "Bring on the conservatives. I'll argue with them all day." Like... More >>

  • Vashti Bunyan

    published November 3, 2005

    It's like something out of Hans Christian Andersen: A shy teenage girl is discovered by the manager of the Rolling Stones and billed as the... More >>

  • The Bad Directions

    published November 3, 2005

    Guitar solos have a lot in common with human speech. They can be whispered. They can be screamed. They can be slurred or articulate, concise or... More >>

  • Caitlin Cary and Thad Cockrell

    published November 3, 2005

    The Johnny and June Carter Cash biopic Walk the Line hits the big screen this month. But if you want to see some real country-music... More >>

  • Machine Gun Blues

    published November 3, 2005

    "We don't do cool," reads the Machine Gun Blues website. "We work our asses off to bleed on stage." Of course, the outfit is wrong on both... More >>

  • Alarm Clock

    published November 3, 2005

    FRI, 11/4 "For white people," says Oak Chezar, "seeing their own privilege is like fish seeing that they're in water." Chezar and... More >>

  • Depeche Mode

    published October 27, 2005

    Playing the Angel's first cut is called "A Pain That I'm Used To." Its second is called "Suffer Well." And the disc's back cover bears the... More >>

  • John Cale

    published October 27, 2005

    It's pretty routine for aging rockers to name-check hip young bands as influences. And though the thought of John Cale air-guitaring to Bloc Party... More >>

  • The Hard Lessons

    published October 27, 2005

    It looks like all those idle assembly lines in Detroit have been put to a new use: pumping out scruffy garage bands soaked in high-octane R&B. But... More >>

  • A Techno Slave's Tale

    published October 27, 2005

    Life without machines. To some, it's a dream; to others, it's a nightmare. But for Jason Vance, the man behind the cybernetic rock... More >>

  • Bowed But Not Broken

    published October 20, 2005

    After half a decade of triumphs and tribulations, Breakdown Book Collective is closing up shop. A fluctuating stream of funding and volunteers... More >>

  • Paul Weller

    published October 20, 2005

    Twenty-five years ago, Paul Weller would have smashed a pint glass in your face for calling him the punk version of Steve Winwood. But the analogy... More >>

  • Cat-A-Tac

    published October 20, 2005

    "Love Song," by the Cure, is a great tune. And its almost as good when rearranged slightly to become "Devil," the opener of Cat-A-Tac's eponymous... More >>

  • Ris Paul Ric

    published October 20, 2005

    Dischord, the hallowed post-hardcore imprint, has been getting all kinds of folky lately. First, members of Lungfish released a haunting,... More >>

  • Say Hi to Your Mom

    published October 20, 2005

    Eric Elbogen doesn't know my mother. And after listening to Ferocious Mopes, his third CD under the name Say Hi to Your Mom, I'm not sure... More >>

  • Ghost Buffalo

    published October 20, 2005

    Just as Planes Mistaken for Stars finished inking a new deal with Abacus, a subsidiary of Century Media, the group's side project, Ghost... More >>

  • Grrls, Grrls, Grrls

    published October 20, 2005

    TUES, 10/25 When the SuicideGirls come to town, the Denver Fire Department had better be standing by. The last time they were here,... More >>

  • Broken Social Scene

    published October 13, 2005

    Some people get home at night, neatly undress, and place their clothes in tidy piles. Real human beings, though, throw their shit all over the... More >>

  • Dead Ringer

    published October 13, 2005

    Everything about Dead Ringer -- from its name to its vaguely radical screeds to the shrill tone of its guitars -- screams generic. So it's... More >>

  • The Appleseed Cast

    published October 13, 2005

    "Emo" isn't really as bad a word as critics would have you believe. From the '80s heyday of Rites of Spring and Embrace to the genre's many... More >>

  • Frontside Five

    published October 13, 2005

    Don't call it a throwback -- well, actually, go right ahead. Frontside Five is proudly unapologetic about exhuming the thrash of classic... More >>

  • Midnight Mayhem

    published October 13, 2005

    SAT, 10/15 Sid Pink, the self-proclaimed "Host with the Most Boast," is Colorado's premier mocker of ceremonies. But besides emceeing... More >>

  • Word Music

    published October 13, 2005

    SUN, 10/16 "I had trouble with poetry when I was in school," confesses Golda Solomon. "It wasn't accessible. My life... More >>

  • Across Tundras

    published October 6, 2005

    We've been shitting on her for eons, but as recent catastrophes will attest, Mother Nature refuses to be take it any longer. Humankind will have... More >>

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