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  • Mudvayne

    published April 21, 2005

    Bands today just can't commit. Kiss released over a dozen platters before its members deployed the ol' we've-stopped-painting-our-faces gimmick,... More >>

  • Daft Punk

    published April 21, 2005

    How beloved are Daft Punk's Guy Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter? So much so that some of their fans argue, in apparent seriousness,... More >>

  • Velvet Revolver

    published April 21, 2005

    Christ, that Axl Rose is stupid. Guns N' Roses was one of the most popular and entertaining hard-rock bands of the last two decades, yet Rose tore... More >>

  • Old Balls

    published April 21, 2005

    What a difference a century makes. New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was accused of bad sportsmanship and worse for trying to slap the ball out... More >>

  • The Message

    published April 14, 2005

    Channel 9 executive producer Nicole Vap, who oversees her station's investigative teams, says that when Denver-area reporters talk shop,... More >>

  • Faith Evans

    published April 14, 2005

    On 2001's scattershot Faithfully, Evans played second diva to production heavyweights who yanked her from style to style until she lost her... More >>

  • Jim Baker

    published April 14, 2005

    No, not Jim Bakker. This one isn't a disgraced televangelist, but a keyboardist whose intriguing new album comes courtesy of Delmark, a Chicago... More >>

  • The S.P.I.C.S.

    published April 14, 2005

    Hardcore rap tends toward redundancy because far too many of its practitioners feel that the only way they'll be accepted by their peers, not to... More >>

  • The Game

    published April 14, 2005

    Hip-hop feuds have always been good money-makers, but in the past, many of the people who cashed in were rappers' relatives, since the MCs... More >>

  • Slipknot

    published April 14, 2005

    The first line of Slipknot's record-company bio says the band was "born of the near-desolation of Iowa." Since the act was actually founded in Des... More >>

  • U2

    published April 14, 2005

    Three words: Bono for Pope. Seriously. I mean, what other job would interest this guy? Some folks honestly suggested him as a candidate to head... More >>

  • Talking Shop

    published April 14, 2005

    A kid's world stretched as far as you could safely pedal your Schwinn when I was growing up in southeast Denver. Within my own constellation was... More >>

  • The Message

    published April 7, 2005

    Do you know that a civil war has been raging in the African nation of Uganda since 1988? Are you familiar with the Lord's Resistance Army, a rebel... More >>

  • Grime Pays

    published April 7, 2005

    London-born Dylan Mills, who's better known as Dizzee Rascal, has a biography that gives record executives their 50 Cent's worth -- but unlike... More >>

  • Queens of the Stone Age

    published April 7, 2005

    The Stone-Agers are down to one monarch. Nick Oliveri and Dave Grohl, whose rhythms anchored 2002's first-rate Songs for the Deaf, are... More >>

  • Morrissey

    published April 7, 2005

    Moz is the current poster child for career resurrection, '80s rock-star division -- and if issuing Live less than a year after the release... More >>

  • Corey Harris

    published April 7, 2005

    Colorado is seldom mentioned in blues histories, but perhaps it will be in the future. After all, the state serves as the home base for Otis... More >>

  • DMBQ

    published April 7, 2005

    The letters used as a name by this Japanese quartet stand for "Dynamite Masters Blues Quartet," and the handle's pretty damn accurate, all things... More >>

  • The Message

    published March 31, 2005

    In an essay in the hagiographic March 24 issue of Rolling Stone devoted to Hunter S. Thompson, director Bob Rafelson wrote of... More >>

  • Beck

    published March 31, 2005

    Sea Change, Beck's previous release, was the sort of album rock journos love: an ambitious song cycle whose thoughtful lyrics could be... More >>

  • Tweet

    published March 31, 2005

    Being the protegé of someone famous offers obvious advantages, especially in the earliest stages of an artist's career. The rub arises when... More >>

  • The Bravery

    published March 31, 2005

    Retro trends, like most fads, follow a predictable pattern. The first purveyors of a nostalgia-friendly sound seem fresh in a comfortably familiar... More >>

  • Robyn Hitchcock

    published March 31, 2005

    Many people have tried to turn Robyn Hitchcock into a star over the years, including Jonathan Demme, who placed him at the center of Storefront... More >>

  • The Message

    published March 17, 2005

    When longtime newspaperman Randy Miller took over the Colorado Daily in 2001, the venerable Boulder publication was in shaky... More >>

  • Heavyweight

    published March 17, 2005

    When it comes to Fatboy Slim, British musician Norman Cook's disc-spinning alter ego, U.S. dance scenesters are split. One camp sees him as a... More >>

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