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  • Bumblebeez 81

    published July 8, 2004

    Plenty of scribes have unloaded on The Printz, and it's easy to see why. This compilation of two EPs is often a mess, with Aussie... More >>

  • vee device

    published July 8, 2004

    Out of the Darkness is one of a kind -- an acoustic-folk concept album about the power-grid failure in the Northeast last year. (Why on... More >>

  • Tim McGraw

    published July 8, 2004

    Country-music purists often gripe about the watering-down of the genre -- and Tim McGraw is as good a symbol as anyone of why it's happened.... More >>

  • The Message

    published July 1, 2004

    As the rest of us adapt to a relatively new century, Da Boogieman is holding tight to the previous one. When Boog, who prefers to keep... More >>

  • PJ Harvey

    published July 1, 2004

    Satisfaction doesn't become Ms. Harvey. Her last CD, 2000's Stories From the City, Stories From the Sea, was her most upbeat, but while... More >>

  • The Birthday Girl

    published July 1, 2004

    Usually when musicians name their band after a song, said number is the best they've got at the time, or damned close: "Black Sabbath," co-written... More >>

  • Sasha

    published July 1, 2004

    Born Alexander Coe, Sasha (below) has earned a glowing reputation as a spinner and mixologist via a series of influential collaborations with John... More >>

  • The Message

    published June 24, 2004

    David Harsanyi, the new, officially designated conservative metro columnist for the Denver Post, thought he was being funny.... More >>

  • Sonic Youth

    published June 24, 2004

    Sonic Youth remains one of the great names in rock, but it may be a bit past its expiration date. After all, Thurston Moore, Lee Ranaldo and Steve... More >>

  • Stephen Scott

    published June 24, 2004

    On paper, Scott's approach to music-making -- members of his ten-piece Bowed Piano Ensemble saw, hammer and pick at the strings of an open grand... More >>

  • Broken Spindles

    published June 24, 2004

    Straight outta Omaha, Joel Petersen made his name playing bass for the Faint -- but his side project, Broken Spindles, is every bit as intriguing... More >>

  • Al Green

    published June 24, 2004

    Al Green is a bit like former Detroit Lions running back Barry Sanders -- an all-time great who took himself out of the game prematurely, leaving... More >>

  • The Message

    published June 17, 2004

    If change is good, then things are wonderful at Channel 9. During the just-completed May sweeps ratings period, the station retained its news lead... More >>

  • Twist of Fate

    published June 17, 2004

    As country tunesmith Rodney Crowell prepared to make what would become one of 2001's best discs, The Houston Kid, he discovered that no... More >>

  • Avril Lavigne

    published June 17, 2004

    If you're among the tiny few who believed that jive about Avril being a punk at heart, you will be disabused of that notion by "He Wasn't." Sure,... More >>

  • Open Road

    published June 17, 2004

    Mandolinist Caleb Roberts was once a part of Slim Cessna's Auto Club, which specializes in giving rootsy stylings a vigorous tweak. Open Road, on... More >>

  • Pleasant Grove

    published June 17, 2004

    Dallas-based Pleasant Grove is generally lumped into the alt-country subgenre, which helps explain why the band will be joined in Denver by Munly... More >>

  • Follow That Story

    published June 10, 2004

    Guess a jury won't get to hear about Clear Channel's fucksticks after all. Denver-based representatives of Clear Channel, the nation's... More >>

  • The Message

    published June 10, 2004

    As the spokesman for Colorado Public Radio, Sean Nethery is obligated to deal with complaints about CPR's pledge drives, which are widely... More >>

  • Spin Without Sin

    published June 10, 2004

    Ryan Raddon, who records under the name Kaskade, isn't a typical superstar DJ. For one thing, he schedules a late-May interview for 9 a.m., a time... More >>

  • Bad Religion

    published June 10, 2004

    At this very moment, hundreds of bands in cities, towns and rural areas are studiously imitating Bad Religion. The group has survived for nearly a... More >>

  • Eric Shiveley

    published June 10, 2004

    Critics, including this one, tend to use terms like "competent," "solid" and "professional" when reviewing albums that fail to hit our sweet spot... More >>

  • dios

    published June 10, 2004

    In an interview with Tampa's Weekly Planet earlier this year, John Paul Caballero, bassist for California-based dios (below), predicted... More >>

  • Kiss

    published June 10, 2004

    Kiss's makeup is the foundation of the band in more ways than one. Truth be told, the group's only got about three good songs -- and, no, "Beth"... More >>

  • Price on His Head

    published June 10, 2004

    "I don't know many people for whom writing novels is a moneymaking proposition, unless you're someone like Stephen King," says Richard... More >>

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