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2002 Stories by Kurt Brighton

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  • Constant Evolution

    published November 7, 2002

    Del tha Funkee Homosapien is known to be a video-game junkie, so it's no surprise to hear booming electronic explosions firing off in the... More >>

  • Filter

    published October 3, 2002

    Richard Patrick of Filter might be a good moderator for a music-conference panel: The Hit Single: More Harm Than Good? The band's 1995... More >>

  • Mother of Invention

    published August 15, 2002

    Throughout the '90s with Mazzy Star, Hope Sandoval's voice combined with David Roback's shimmering, darkly psychedelic slide guitar to create some... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published August 15, 2002

    With all of the recent drooling over nouveau/retro straight-up rock outfits like the Strokes and the Stripes, you'd think someone would have... More >>

  • Power Play

    published August 8, 2002

    There may very well be something terribly wrong with the members of Speedealer. "Everybody in this band is pretty pissed off," says bassist... More >>

  • Death Becomes Them

    published August 1, 2002

    Coming from a band that's known for playing hotheaded punk -- aggressive, but ever mindful of the importance of melody -- Wretch Like Me's... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published July 11, 2002

    The band's name is shorter by three letters -- namely R, E and O -- but its songs are getting longer. Though Speedealer used to play twenty... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published June 27, 2002

    Denver's Czars, who appear Tuesday, July 2, at the Gothic Theatre with Lift to Experience and the Devics, have been compared to Radiohead,... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published June 6, 2002

    If you're going to do an Internet search for the Queers (who appear June 11 at the Bluebird Theater, with the Briefs and the Independents),... More >>

  • Solomon Burke

    published May 30, 2002

    Solomon Burke comes from the storied tradition of soul singers who made the leap from church choir to radio. He has been proselytizing since he... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published May 23, 2002

    Somewhere between the endearingly naive music of '70s cartoons like Josie and the Pussycats and early Velvet Underground recordings lies... More >>

  • About to Hatch

    published May 9, 2002

    Making babies and playing rock-and-roll music don't really seem like compatible endeavors, even though the process of making babies is one... More >>

  • The Hives

    published May 9, 2002

    The difficulty with keeping it real in punk lies in the danger of repetitiveness. That's where bands like Sweden's Hives come in. Singer Howlin'... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published May 2, 2002

    If your cheesy, green-beer-swilling, American version of Saint Paddy's Day got a mohawk and a few tattoos, then did a fat line of blow along with... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published April 25, 2002

    David Bazan, aka Pedro the Lion, who performs Friday, April 26, at the Bluebird Theater, with Damien Jurado, Gathered in Song and TW Walsh,... More >>

  • The Holy Ghost

    published March 28, 2002

    With so much music out there, one of the hardest things for a band to do is find an original sound -- so more power to those who try diligently to... More >>

  • Closed Call

    published March 21, 2002

    When Drag the River's Jon Snodgrass describes an incident on a recent tour, it sounds a little bit like a David Lynch movie that was never made.... More >>

  • Critic's Choice

    published March 7, 2002

    The idea of artists overcoming adversity is a modern theme du jour, with dreary storylines custom-made for television documentaries. Yet it's hard... More >>

  • Dressy Bessy

    published February 28, 2002

    There's a deliciously distorted sound to the guitars in most of Dressy Bessy's songs. It's still sweet, with rich, grinding tones that are somehow... More >>

  • Spanish Inquisition

    published February 21, 2002

    Discussions about Desaparecidos on music-oriented Web bulletin boards -- virtual forums where serious fans can dissect their faves 24 hours a day... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published February 7, 2002

    Originally, Groundwork was a concert series built to raise money for a variety of sustainable, ongoing food projects around the world, including... More >>

  • The Birth of a Groove

    published January 24, 2002

    The story was surely blown before it began. Over the telephone, Geoff Vaughan, contact person for the groove collective Vinyl, is asked if he can... More >>

  • Land of the El Caminos

    published January 17, 2002

    Finally, a bridge that spans the sometimes mighty chasm between post-hardcore and more user-friendly rock. On its third full-length release,... More >>

  • Vermont

    published January 3, 2002

    You've got to love an album that begins with a song called "Bells of Saint Alcohol." Davey VonBohlen's matter-of-fact account of booze-as-career... More >>

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