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  • Gwen Stefani

    published October 20, 2005

    Plenty of reviewers ripped on 2004's Love, Angel, Music, Baby, No Doubt-er Gwen Stefani's solo debut, because it was superficial. "An... More >>

  • Zoning

    published October 13, 2005

    Appearances aside, many national news programs seen in these parts are less live than Memorex. Network morning shows and evening newscasts... More >>

  • Worship H.I.M.

    published October 13, 2005

    This past summer, Ville Valo, the charismatic frontman for Finland's H.I.M., announced his engagement to gal pal Jonna Nygren, and he's got some... More >>

  • Atmosphere

    published October 13, 2005

    At a time when hip-hop is mostly concerned with escapism, the song "That Night" is an enormous exception. It concerns Marissa Mathy-Zvaifler, a... More >>

  • Valiomierda

    published October 13, 2005

    This four-piece is a genuine hybrid. Their lyrics vacillate between English, Spanish and Portuguese, while the music blends hard-core punk and... More >>

  • Tortoise

    published October 13, 2005

    In the view of some Tortoise critics, slow and steady doesn't always win the race. It's All Around You, the latest Thrill Jockey Records... More >>

  • We Are Wolves

    published October 13, 2005

    Canada's We Are Wolves epitomizes the evolution of the band's American label, Fat Possum Records. That Oxford, Mississippi-based firm first made... More >>

  • Chris Elliott Rips a Yarn

    published October 13, 2005

    After contractually agreeing to pen his fiction debut, The Shroud of the Thwacker, actor/comic/ writer Chris Elliott felt momentary... More >>

  • Unspoken

    published October 6, 2005

    Randy Miller, the president, publisher and editor of Boulder's Colorado Daily, has spoken to Westword on numerous occasions... More >>

  • Mothers Day

    published October 6, 2005

    Kawabata Makoto, the high priest of Japan's Acid Mothers Temple & the Cosmic Inferno, conducts English-language interviews via e-mail with the... More >>

  • Neil Young

    published October 6, 2005

    Given that Bob Dylan's 1997 disc, Time Out of Mind, took the best-album Grammy largely because he nearly died prior to its release, Neil... More >>

  • Jon Swift

    published October 6, 2005

    Chronophonic rhymer Jon Swift specializes in a hip-hop/R&B hybrid that's not driven by samples. Instead, he leans on the talents of noteworthy... More >>

  • Carl Cox

    published October 6, 2005

    The average pop-music fan doesn't know Carl Cox from Wally Cox, but he's been a DJ-culture celeb for almost two decades. A London native, Cox... More >>

  • Czechmate

    published October 6, 2005

    SUN, 10/9 Taking cues from the legendary Earl Scruggs, the Czech Republic's Druhá Tráva (which means "Second... More >>

  • Wanted

    published September 29, 2005

    Sergeant Rodney Shivers is a camouflaged blur as he bursts into the entryway of Pomona High School, an oversized attaché in his hand. After... More >>

  • Down Is Up

    published September 29, 2005

    They used to call us nü-metal," System of a Down singer/guitarist Daron Malakian told the ecstatic crowd at his band's April 27 Ogden Theatre... More >>

  • Franz Ferdinand

    published September 29, 2005

    The headline on the Franz Ferdinand feature in the July 30 NME reads: "Our New Album? It's Like Nothing You've Ever Heard!" Well, no. In... More >>

  • Buddy Guy

    published September 29, 2005

    Attempts to revive veteran artists' careers via superstar duets are as predictable as claims that embattled bureaucrats resigned to spend more... More >>

  • Real News

    published September 22, 2005

    Hurricane Katrina can't be said to have ushered in a new golden age of journalism, since the lethal weather system struck the Gulf Coast mere... More >>

  • Family Plot

    published September 22, 2005

    If you think U.K.-based Funeral for a Friend must have been named for a song from Elton John's 1973 album Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, you've... More >>

  • Sigur Rós

    published September 22, 2005

    The opening section of "Glósóli," an emblematic effort by these idiosyncratic Icelanders, mates a deliberate tempo with vocal lines... More >>

  • Kelli*Said

    published September 22, 2005

    Like, oh, my God! This disc is totally '80s! And not the '80s being resurrected by the Killers and Franz Ferdinand! No, these are... More >>

  • The Visible Men

    published September 22, 2005

    As long as musicians are on the right side of popular trends, they're golden -- but when such fads run their course, performers need a Plan B.... More >>

  • The Message

    published September 15, 2005

    The first woman is an anti-abortion protester who Rocky Mountain News columnist Bill Johnson says repeatedly threatened him over a... More >>

  • Born Again

    published September 15, 2005

    Less than two years after the takeoff of Get Born, Jet's debut album, guitarist/vocalist Cameron Muncey is still flying high, and why not?... More >>

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