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2004 Stories by Michael Roberts

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  • Doc Martin

    published November 25, 2004

    Doc Martin has been in the public eye since the mid-'80s -- long enough to see the footwear his name recalls go in and out of style half a dozen... More >>

  • The Message

    published November 18, 2004

    The capture of Ricky Eugene Bailey just before midnight on Friday, November 5, was good news for the Denver Police Department. After all,... More >>

  • Fabolous

    published November 18, 2004

    There's nothing wrong with being a singles act, but that doesn't stop performers like Fabolous from trying to show they can do more than make... More >>

  • Michael Jackson

    published November 18, 2004

    The power of association cannot be denied. Whether Mikey likes it or not (and I can guarantee that he does not), the prevalence of tabloid... More >>

  • New Ancient Astronauts

    published November 18, 2004

    Given the difficulty of making disparate musical elements cohere, it's no wonder that most bands stick to a single style. Indeed, acts that can... More >>

  • Isis

    published November 18, 2004

    Every type of music has its share of inaccurate stereotypes, but few styles are more plagued by misconceptions than hard rock. Those who aren't... More >>

  • The Message

    published November 11, 2004

    Around 5 a.m. the morning after another wacky election, 9News's Gary Shapiro expressed delight at being rid of political ads for the... More >>

  • Merritt Plan

    published November 11, 2004

    In conversation, singer-songwriter Stephin Merritt, whose innumerable musical projects include the Magnetic Fields, takes deliberation to... More >>

  • The Donnas

    published November 11, 2004

    In the wake of 2002's Spend the Night, the biggest-selling platter of their career, the Donnas have discovered maturity the way some... More >>

  • TiŽsto

    published November 11, 2004

    Beware the prestige project, a creative endeavor in which entertainment values come freighted with Artistic Importance. Such is the lineage of... More >>

  • Elea Plotkin

    published November 11, 2004

    Talk about a left turn. On Little Rockets, her previous disc (released in 2001), pianist Elea Plotkin sang and performed rock songs... More >>

  • Blake Shelton

    published November 11, 2004

    These are challenging times for a country performer hoping to find mainstream success without losing his soul. Consider Blake Shelton, a promising... More >>

  • The ShapeShifters

    published November 11, 2004

    Because Los Angeles is a music-industry center, a lot of artists from the area devote themselves to conformity -- yet for some strange,... More >>

  • The Message

    published November 4, 2004

    Government is often derided as being slow and ineffective -- but the local office of the Federal Communications Commission is anything but. Just... More >>

  • Duran Duran

    published November 4, 2004

    Although Duran Duran holds a noteworthy place in pop history because of the way it encapsulated the appeal of early MTV, it's important to... More >>

  • Tom Waits

    published November 4, 2004

    Tom Waits evolved from the engaging but seemingly predictable barroom growler of 1973's Closing Time to the artistic bomb thrower of 1983's... More >>

  • Yo, Flaco!

    published November 4, 2004

    Since the invention of recording technology, party bands have struggled to translate the good times they generate live into a product fans can get... More >>

  • Toby Keith

    published November 4, 2004

    Those of you who hate Big Toby's right-wing orthodoxy are making a mistake if you reject his music, too. Sure, he's got a reactionary streak an... More >>

  • The Message

    published October 28, 2004

    The Rocky Mountain News's October 16 endorsement of George W. Bush was hardly a shock, since the paper's editorials tend to tilt... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published October 28, 2004

    In the age of Interpol, a comprehensive overview of the rock made between new wave and grunge is as timely as can be. Although Left of the... More >>

  • Federation

    published October 28, 2004

    If the name of the label releasing Federation's debut rings a bell for Denverites, it should. The moniker was chosen by Big Jon Platt, a... More >>

  • Sug'z

    published October 28, 2004

    These days, the term "hip-hop" is used much more frequently than "rap," and that's appropriate. Old-schoolers may wish otherwise, but in 2004, the... More >>

  • Sander Kleinenberg

    published October 28, 2004

    Vinyl has booked some of the planet's best-known spinners of late, but few are more noteworthy than Sander Kleinenberg. Over the past several... More >>

  • Thee Shams

    published October 28, 2004

    Fat Possum Records, based in Oxford, Mississippi, originally devoted itself to the marketing of blues at its roughest -- music much truer to the... More >>

  • The Message

    published October 21, 2004

    Members of the freakin' media are supposed to accurately convey what's going on in the world, but, as usual, they've got it all wrong. Although... More >>

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