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  • Cut Chemist

    published October 26, 2006

    Lucas Macfadden, who goes by Cut Chemist, boasts as impressive a resumé as any turntablist in the history of the art; he's been a member of... More >>

  • Artland: USA

    published October 26, 2006

    Artland: USA is a twelve-part television series that explores art and architecture across America from behind the wheel of an RV --... More >>

  • Downturn

    published October 19, 2006

    For most of the past three years, Wayne Herman led a double life. Weekdays from 4 to 7 a.m., he could be found at Channel 4, where he... More >>

  • True Confessional

    published October 19, 2006

    "I don't think we're anybody's second-favorite band," says Chris Carrabba, the emo dreamboat who sits behind the wheel of Dashboard Confessional.... More >>

  • Badly Drawn Boy

    published October 19, 2006

    No one's more British than Damon Gough, which may explain why he hasn't broken through in the States. If his brilliant score for the Hugh Grant... More >>

  • Januar

    published October 19, 2006

    The music on Januar's latest can be hazy, indistinct and difficult to pin down -- and that's generally a good thing. Rather than present their... More >>

  • Evanescence

    published October 19, 2006

    Once upon a time, Evanescence's Amy Lee was seen as a Christian rocker -- at least until she figured out it would be more profitable to come... More >>

  • Calvin Johnson and Karl Blau

    published October 19, 2006

    Calvin Johnson has never made a hit single, and unless "down" suddenly becomes "up," "wrong" changes to "right" and "injustice" and "justice" swap... More >>

  • Ad It Up

    published October 12, 2006

    No denying it: Political commercials aired in advance of elections bring in plenty of revenue for television outlets. But to earn this income, TV... More >>

  • For God's Sake

    published October 12, 2006

    If Focus on the Family's James Dobson ever becomes dictator of these United States, ownership of The Body The Blood The Machine, the latest... More >>

  • Ludacris

    published October 12, 2006

    In flicks such as Crash and Hustle & Flow, aspiring thespian Chris Bridges is convincing when called upon to act grim or edgy. If... More >>

  • Dualistics

    published October 12, 2006

    Jimmy Stofer has heard a lot of applause lately thanks to his gig as touring bassist for the Fray. When he's not thumping for his newly flush... More >>

  • Bobby Bare Jr.

    published October 12, 2006

    Several rising scions of outlaw country singers are at least as rebellious as their famous fathers. Neither Hank Williams III nor Shooter Jennings... More >>

  • Juana Molina

    published October 12, 2006

    Ms. Molina's background is as singular as her music. She's from Buenos Aires, and made her name in Argentina as the host of Juana y Sus... More >>

  • Lost Film Fest

    published October 12, 2006

    "This is a curated program of the best of the best -- lefty video nonsense, fun and frolic," says Scott Beibin (right), host of the Lost Film... More >>

  • Again

    published October 5, 2006

    After nearly every startling episode that's taken place in Colorado over the past decade or so, assorted locals have looked TV-news cameras in the... More >>

  • Jack of All Trades

    published October 5, 2006

    A common synonym for "drummer" is "timekeeper" -- but Jack DeJohnette, who's arguably jazz's greatest living stick man, has no use for the word.... More >>

  • Janet Jackson

    published October 5, 2006

    At the outset of her latest disc, the other J.J. from Good Times giggles after saying "I've uncovered a lot in my twenty years." Such overt... More >>

  • A Shoreline Dream

    published October 5, 2006

    A Shoreline Dream is a hate-'em-or-love-'em proposition. Listeners who prefer music that's solid and straightforward are likely to see Avoiding... More >>

  • Insane Clown Posse

    published October 5, 2006

    Insane Clown Posse's Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope speak loudly and carry a big shtick. Although they lost their most recent major-label deal back... More >>

  • Paul Simon

    published October 5, 2006

    Of all the great songwriters rock has produced, Paul Simon may be the most self-conscious. Whereas many artists embrace spontaneity, he carefully... More >>

  • Slants

    published September 28, 2006

    "All I want is for the newspapers to admit that they have a liberal bias," announces Jon Caldara, president of the Independence Institute,... More >>

  • Drop the Needle

    published September 28, 2006

    Even before Gym Class Heroes frontman Travis McCoy joined a band, women were lining up to show him body parts they usually keep under cover. McCoy... More >>

  • Fergie

    published September 28, 2006

    Stacy "Fergie" Ferguson is a hot, eager and totally empty vessel. On The Dutchess, she displays an affinity for the sort of mainstream pop... More >>

  • Fear Before the March of Flames

    published September 28, 2006

    Nothing to be afraid of here. Open Mouth isn't just Fear Before the March of Flames' best album to date; it's also evidence that this band... More >>

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