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2005 Stories by Michael Roberts

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  • Marianne Faithfull

    published January 20, 2005

    Despite the constant pressure on veteran female artists not to act their age, Marianne Faithfull refuses to disguise the wear and tear caused by... More >>

  • Mannie Fresh

    published January 20, 2005

    Skits have been endemic on hip-hop CDs since the days when flattops were a fashion statement, yet they're almost always lame -- which explains why... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published January 20, 2005

    KBCO gets plenty of attention for its Studio C discs, largely because they feature national touring acts in off-the-cuff settings. In... More >>

  • Biz Markie

    published January 20, 2005

    Twenty-something viewers of typical VH1 programming -- the stuff in which desperate comics make wisecracks about pop-culture topics they only... More >>

  • QBert

    published January 20, 2005

    How influential is Richard Quitevis, aka Qbert, as a turntablist? Well, he's often credited with inventing the term -- an important and necessary... More >>

  • The Message

    published January 13, 2005

    Charles Leaf sees a correlation between the five years he spent in the Marine Corps and his current work as an investigative reporter for... More >>

  • Barber Cuts

    published January 13, 2005

    Denver seems that it's always trying to legitimize itself as a music town, like, 'This band will be the one to put Denver on the map,'" says Chris... More >>

  • Xzibit

    published January 13, 2005

    The youngest MTV viewers know Xzibit primarily as the host of Pimp My Ride, in which he comes across as the benign, good-humored benefactor... More >>

  • Various Artists and Fela Kuti

    published January 13, 2005

    We Americans can be awfully set in our ways. No matter how terrific music from other parts of the globe might be, lots of us like it better when... More >>

  • Project 12:01

    published January 13, 2005

    Spinning Pharaoh is apt to give most people a severe sense of dislocation. This particular Project doesn't seem like something found in... More >>

  • Robert Earl Keen

    published January 13, 2005

    Talent in and of itself isn't a ticket to stardom, but if it's mixed with a healthy dose of persistence, it can fuel a long and admirable career,... More >>

  • Long Beach Shortbus

    published January 13, 2005

    Time moves pretty damn fast, no matter what you smoke. For fans of Sublime, the death of Brad Nowell, the trio's leader, feels like it happened... More >>

  • Game On

    published January 6, 2005

    Although many moms and dads consider video games to be little more than electronic babysitters for the 21st century, David Thomas, who... More >>

  • Spirited

    published January 6, 2005

    If any performer has an excuse -- make that multiple excuses -- to be bitter, it's singer-songwriter Garland Jeffreys. For more than three... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published January 6, 2005

    Judging by these discs, the video-game industry is currently a lot healthier than the music business. Whereas songs were once used to attract... More >>

  • Wire

    published January 6, 2005

    The original punks claimed to be non-conformists, but that didn't stop many of them from mimicking each other, just like the squares they scorned.... More >>

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