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2005 Stories by Jason Heller

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  • Czechmate

    published October 6, 2005

    SUN, 10/9 Taking cues from the legendary Earl Scruggs, the Czech Republic's Druhá Tráva (which means "Second... More >>

  • Lost in Space

    published September 29, 2005

    "We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas," wrote celebrated technophobe Henry David Thoreau in 1845, "but... More >>

  • Against Me!

    published September 29, 2005

    Behold the latest entry in the "let's-give-our-disc-a-name-that-makes-it-easy-for-critics-to-bash-us" sweepstakes: Searching for a Former... More >>

  • John Wilkes Booze

    published September 29, 2005

    If the name of its new CD, Telescopic Eyes Glance the Future Sick, makes John Wilkes Booze sound none too enamored of tomorrow, there's an... More >>

  • MDC

    published September 29, 2005

    MDC has stood for many things: Millions of Dead Cops, Millions of Damn Christians, Multi-Death Corporation. But attached to a staunchly leftist... More >>

  • Rising Sun

    published September 29, 2005

    "The sun is a symbol of rebirth," explains Tony Garcia. "In our culture, death is not an end. It's part of a recycling." The word... More >>

  • Wonderful! Wonderful!

    published September 29, 2005

    SAT, 10/1 I started listening to Johnny Mathis as a joke. Well, not a joke, exactly -- but I first embraced his honey-dipped... More >>

  • Upsizing

    published September 22, 2005

    On that night eleven years ago, Uphollow was in way over its head. But you had to cut the guys some slack. It was only their fourth show, and they... More >>

  • Natural Soul

    published September 22, 2005

    Naturally. It's more than just the title of the sophomore disc by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings; it's a one-word manifesto. Born in James... More >>

  • Fina Dupa

    published September 22, 2005

    Funk is a dirty word. And it should be: The style was conceived as a grimy, hormone-drenched reaction to the detachment and abstraction of... More >>

  • We're From Japan!

    published September 22, 2005

    While We're From Japan! would have you believe it's from the Land of the Rising Sun, a far more likely birthplace would be Iceland --... More >>

  • An Incredible Journey

    published September 22, 2005

    FRI, 9/23 The IMAX feature Mystic India: An Incredible Journey of Inspiration might not be as steamy as HBO's new... More >>

  • Radio Free Denver

    published September 22, 2005

    FRI, 9/23 Last year, on August 29, KGNU made history. The stalwart, Boulder-based independent radio station -- Colorado's home for... More >>

  • Nashville Pussy

    published September 15, 2005

    Your biggest concern after listening to Get Some is whether your shower ought to be hot or cold. Kicking up a miasma of filthy noise and... More >>

  • The O'Jays

    published September 15, 2005

    Few soul artists of the '70s outside of Curtis Mayfield and Donny Hathaway were able to blend funk, protest, heartbreak and harmony like the... More >>

  • alaska!

    published September 15, 2005

    Imaad Wasif has a thing for small letters. Not only did he lead moody post-punk outfit Lowercase in the '90s, but he insists that the name of his... More >>

  • Dressed to Kill

    published September 8, 2005

    Sure, Dressy Bessy might wear polka dots and have a song on the Powerpuff Girls soundtrack. But the act's new disc,... More >>

  • The FlashBangs

    published September 8, 2005

    Bands in Denver's indie scene always wonders why they rarely manage to break out of Colorado. The answer is simple: Even our most promising bands... More >>

  • The Weather Machines

    published September 8, 2005

    The Weather Machines may be from Rapid City, South Dakota, but the power-pop quartet almost feels Coloradan. Besides the fact that the... More >>

  • Wolf Parade

    published September 8, 2005

    Going through the motions: We're all guilty of it. But Montreal's Wolf Parade seems incapable of sitting still and sucking. On its recent,... More >>

  • Let Us Prey

    published September 8, 2005

    SAT, 9/10 "Having been the first American Buddhist monk to be ordained in a Buddhist country," confesses Alan Clements, "I think I've... More >>

  • Apollo Sunshine

    published September 1, 2005

    Rock and roll is always funniest when it's not trying to be. The problem with Apollo Sunshine's self-titled sophomore album is that, instead of... More >>

  • The Mass

    published September 1, 2005

    Einstein postulated that mass is equivalent to energy, and the Mass proves it. Hailing from Oakland, California, the band was formed in 2002 by... More >>

  • Metal Church

    published September 1, 2005

    The godfather of grunge? According to artist and former Seattle scenester Art Chantry, that crown should sit upon the unlikely head of Kurdt... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published September 1, 2005

    Things have recently come full circle for Voices Underwater. After playing South by Southwest and putting out an acclaimed self-titled... More >>

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