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2006 Stories by Jason Heller

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  • Jolie Holland

    published May 4, 2006

    Witches have their familiars. Jolie Holland has whole hosts of critters dwelling within the dipping fleurs-de-lis and Rococo ruffles of her music.... More >>

  • Vitamins

    published May 4, 2006

    There used to be a shed in Greeley where indie bands would play. Yes, a fucking shed. I'm not sure how much the town has changed lately -- when's... More >>

  • Joseph Childress

    published May 4, 2006

    Thumps, creaks, giggles, clicks -- these are the first sounds you hear when listening to a recording by Joseph Childress. The California-born,... More >>

  • The Slackers

    published May 4, 2006

    Ska! Say it. Sounds funny, huh? And not just because the genre has become one of the most beloved-turned-maligned styles in history since disco.... More >>

  • Pee Pee

    published May 4, 2006

    When one of Denver's underground mainstays, the Dinnermints, dissolved a couple years back, bassist Doo Crowder fell in with a ramshackle band of... More >>

  • The Coup

    published April 27, 2006

    When George W. Bush's domestic-wiretapping program went into effect, you can bet that Boots Riley of the Coup was at the top of the surveillance... More >>

  • Murder in Memphis

    published April 27, 2006

    At one point in hardcore's past, Detroit's legendarily nihilistic Negative Approach was one of the scene's big influences. Today it's been... More >>

  • Psychic Ills

    published April 27, 2006

    Considering indie rock's post-ironic weltanschauung, it's about fucking time a new band came up with a name that actually sounds like its music.... More >>

  • Guns N' Rosa Parks

    published April 27, 2006

    Rocking a laundromat with shitty jam bands? Playing a benefit show for Rwandan refugees while dressed as Chippendales dancers? It's all par for... More >>

  • Erasure

    published April 20, 2006

    The two men of Erasure trading in their patented synthesizers for twangy, cowboy-country guitars? We'll pass on the obligatory Brokeback... More >>

  • The Joshua Trinidad Trio

    published April 20, 2006

    Jazz is something most artists get better at as they grow older, accumulate experiences and learn to translate their souls into sound. At the... More >>

  • Minmae

    published April 20, 2006

    Amid the tugging drones and ragged feedback of the new Minmae album, Le Grand Essor de la Maison du Monstre, singer/guitarist Sean Brooks... More >>

  • West Indian Girl

    published April 20, 2006

    West Indian Girl is so fresh out of the package, it still smells like Styrofoam and bubble wrap. But what the Los Angeles group lacks in... More >>

  • Ethyl and the Regulars

    published April 20, 2006

    Featuring current and recent members of the Dalhart Imperials, the Honky Tonk Hangovers, Eddie Clendening & the Blue Ribbon Boys and Local 33,... More >>

  • Rye Coalition

    published April 13, 2006

    The guys in Rye Coalition are some dumb motherfuckers. Veterans of the early-'90s post-hardcore scene, they've witnessed tons of their... More >>

  • Superstring Theory

    published April 13, 2006

    Superstring Theory's debut EP, Same Damn Story, was a promising if disjointed disc of small-budget electro-pop. The duo's sophomore effort,... More >>

  • David Allen Coe

    published April 13, 2006

    He's lived in caves, worn Lone Ranger masks on stage and made records that have sent legions of the politically correct running for the stop... More >>

  • The Boss Martians

    published April 13, 2006

    Being pimped by Little Steven and talked up by Bruce Springsteen is no easy feat. But both happened to Seattle's Boss Martians last summer at... More >>

  • Benefit for Kirk Rundstrom

    published April 13, 2006

    Kansas's Split Lip Rayfield plays in Denver so much, it almost feels like it's a local band. It's no wonder, then, that when Kirk Rundstrom, the... More >>

  • Eagles of Death Metal

    published April 6, 2006

    Everything's bad for you nowadays, and everything's good: fat, meat, wine, carbs, caffeine. But while the medical community debates the... More >>

  • Hunter Dragon

    published April 6, 2006

    "Most songs I write get stuck in my head/It's 'cause I listen to them too much, I guess." With lyrics like these, it sounds as though Hunter... More >>

  • At All Costs

    published April 6, 2006

    At All Costs has a news flash for you: The American dream isn't as rosy as it seems, and a bunch of big, bad men are making bank off the war... More >>

  • Headlights

    published April 6, 2006

    It's been two and a half decades since Cocteau Twins concocted the formula, but there's still something thrilling about a moody chanteuse backed... More >>

  • Astrophagus

    published April 6, 2006

    The last time Astrophagus unleashed a CD, the outfit was known as the Moths, and its former bassist, Quentin Chirdon, was awaiting trial in... More >>

  • Bey-ing at the Moon

    published April 6, 2006

    The jazz vocalist was about as cool as the jazz accordion in the post-bop heyday of the '50s and '60s, but singers such as Abbie Lincoln, Nina... More >>

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