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  • Q: Are They Old Men?

    published August 18, 2005

    Since the '70s, Devo has specialized in subversion, and the more twisted, the better. Early on, for instance, the band prompted unwitting fans to... More >>

  • The New Pornographers

    published August 18, 2005

    As its moniker implies, Twin Cinema essentially doubles the theatricality of previous Pornographers efforts. While the title track... More >>

  • Destiny's Child

    published August 18, 2005

    In a recent interview on Today, Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams described the decision to bust up Destiny's... More >>

  • The Message

    published August 11, 2005

    The Rocky Mountain News's home page features the usual items most surfers look for on the websites of mainstream dailies: links related to... More >>

  • Jesse's Girls

    published August 11, 2005

    Pity Jesse McCartney? Are you kidding? The eighteen-year-old heartthrob looks like a 21st-century update of Mattel's time-tested Ken doll, and... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published August 11, 2005

    Artist-salute discs make plenty of sense from a business standpoint, since they let labels milk material that was paid for long ago. Problem is,... More >>

  • Dana Landry

    published August 11, 2005

    Dana Landry, who heads the jazz program at the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley, isn't some creaky relic who found refuge in academia... More >>

  • Spoon

    published August 11, 2005

    In May, Time, a magazine whose dedication to indie rock is on par with Cooking Light's commitment to covering geopolitics, devoted... More >>

  • Chile Night

    published August 11, 2005

    SAT, 8/13 Videographer Juan Downey, who died in 1993, is remembered as one of Chile's most innovative talents. It's appropriate, then,... More >>

  • The Message

    published August 4, 2005

    According to Steve Kelley, his July 25 debut as impresario of Good Day Colorado, Channel 31's morning program, went so smoothly that... More >>

  • Crüe Cuts

    published August 4, 2005

    A mid-July teleconference with Nikki Sixx, Mick Mars and Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe provided plenty of answers to the question "Why does mainstream rock jou... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published August 4, 2005

    Elitists may dismiss discs in the Now That's What I Call Music series as K-Tel comps for the new millennium, but they're actually a clever... More >>

  • Scream Tour IV

    published August 4, 2005

    Rumor has it that the young lookers on this bill are planning to sing and rap as part of Scream Tour IV, not just stand around and display their... More >>

  • Iron Maiden

    published August 4, 2005

    During Iron Maiden's '80s heyday, positive notices for the band from reviewers not affiliated with the hard-rock specialty press were rarer than... More >>

  • Percussion Perfection

    published August 4, 2005

    SUN, 8/7 To Fara Tolno, tradition is everything. Born in the former French colony of Guinea, he's spent most of his life dedicated to... More >>

  • Maniacal

    published July 28, 2005

    In Drew Massey's world, there's not much separating confidence from cockiness. The 35-year-old entrepreneur tosses around names like Ted... More >>

  • Love and Death

    published July 28, 2005

    When singer/guitarist Mikael Åkerfeldt pits what he calls his "death voice" against the most brutal backdrop his bandmates can construct,... More >>

  • The Message

    published July 21, 2005

    On July 8, confessed serial rapist Brent J. Brents, who'd received an epic 1,319-year sentence in Denver two days earlier, appeared in... More >>

  • Shakira

    published July 21, 2005

    "Whenever, Wherever," Shakira's 2001 English-language breakthrough, managed to irritate much of the planet's populace, thanks to its moronic hook... More >>

  • Planetary Nebula

    published July 21, 2005

    Truth be told, most bands here and elsewhere fall into a few narrow categories. Planetary Nebula, in contrast, busts through descriptive barriers... More >>

  • Deep Dish

    published July 21, 2005

    As indicated by George Is On, a just-released set on the Thrive imprint, Ali "Dubfire" Shirazinia and Sharam Tayebi are eager to cross over... More >>

  • Holly Golightly

    published July 21, 2005

    More people have heard Holly Golightly duet with Jack White on "It's True That We Love One Another," a highlight of the White Stripes' 2003 disc... More >>

  • Chemical Reaction

    published July 14, 2005

    Singer and provocateur Gerard Way considers My Chemical Romance to be the "odd band out" on the Warped Tour bill. "A majority of indie bands, emo... More >>

  • Frank Black

    published July 14, 2005

    For this particular fan, the Pixies' reunion tour, 2005 edition, was a bit underwhelming. It was nice to see the group receive some long overdue... More >>

  • Black Mountain

    published July 14, 2005

    Jagjaguwar wants to make damn sure this disc is heard by as many people as possible. The imprint released the CD in January but plans to launch it... More >>

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