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2005 Stories by Terry Sawyer

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  • Lisa Shaw

    published October 27, 2005

    You might recognize Lisa Shaw's voice as the Lexus of deep-house divas, a staple collaborator for the artists of Naked Music, a label that... More >>

  • Sinéad O'Connor

    published September 29, 2005

    Keeping up with Sinéad O'Connor's existential contortions is a bit like chasing dandelion fuzz in a hurricane. Artistically, this latest... More >>

  • Ric Ocasek

    published September 22, 2005

    Who doesn't want to root for the solo outing of rock's deadpan ghoul of '80s cool? Nexterday's opening track, "Crackpot," with its pelvic,... More >>

  • Princess Superstar

    published September 15, 2005

    You have to concede a certain amount of praise automatically for the massive imaginative output in Princess Superstar's My Machine, a... More >>

  • Coco Rosie

    published September 8, 2005

    It would be easy to call Coco Rosie's music an acquired taste. The twisted sisters who make up the group, Bianca and Sierra Casady, sing with... More >>

  • The Warlocks

    published August 25, 2005

    Both the Warlocks and the Raveonettes recently issued records that were buoyed by a Ronettes-like makeover. In the Warlocks' case, however, it's... More >>

  • Mazarin

    published August 4, 2005

    Mazarin's We're Already There hypnotizes with songs built on a bedrock of sculpted noise and drum rhythms that form a snaking maze of... More >>

  • Jamie Lidell

    published July 21, 2005

    Forget neo-soul: Jamie Lidell resurrects the old school so effortlessly you barely notice that Multiply is essentially a one-man orchestra... More >>

  • The Juan Maclean

    published June 30, 2005

    Less Than Human, the latest from James Murphy and Tim Goldsworthy's critically lauded DFA label, finds former Six Finger Satellite member... More >>

  • The Jessica Fletchers

    published June 30, 2005

    Hand claps, cowbells, sassy horns and "Jumping Jack Flash" rhythms make Less Sophistication the best Summer of Love record not penned by... More >>

  • Annie

    published June 16, 2005

    Getting older and wiser means taking the guilt out of your guilty pleasures. Annie serves up opulent dance pop -- all white fur coats and milk... More >>

  • Maximo Park

    published May 26, 2005

    For those who've longed for the poetic license of Morrissey crammed into the keyboard-tinted riffs of the Cars, leave it to the limeys to satisfy... More >>

  • Spoon

    published May 5, 2005

    Spoon has always been the best approximation of a Motown indie glam outfit, with songs sprung on hand claps and hooks tucked into every piano riff... More >>

  • Caribou

    published April 14, 2005

    Before some dickhead lawyered up, Caribou (Dan Snaith) used to be known as Manitoba, an artist whose debut, Up in Flames, sculpted the soft... More >>

  • South San Gabriel

    published April 7, 2005

    When you realize that South San Gabriel's new album involves a song cycle about Will Johnson's cat, it's easy to get that sinking feeling that... More >>

  • Edie Sedgwick

    published March 31, 2005

    Musical gimmicks are like trying to pass off a dildo as your own equipment: You're going to have to fuck some pretty stupid people in order to get... More >>

  • Garbage

    published March 17, 2005

    Perhaps a near-miss breakup is exactly what Garbage needed. Bleed Like Me plays like a distillation of the group's strengths: The riffs... More >>

  • Fog

    published March 10, 2005

    Andrew Broder, aka Fog, started off turntabling in the vein of DJ Shadow before taking the Anticon cue and rippling out from hip-hop into musical... More >>

  • Maximilian Hecker

    published February 24, 2005

    On his third full-length, young German troubadour Maximilian Hecker sheds nearly all of the down-tempo, Thievery Corporation filigree of his first... More >>

  • Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

    published January 20, 2005

    For many people, funk revivalists deserve only scorn for disturbing a genre that's been sacredly entombed -- unless their efforts are filtered... More >>

  • Manda and the Marbles

    published January 6, 2005

    I'd say that the Go-Go's must be rolling in their graves, but since they're still alive, I'd have to say that they're probably wondering if one... More >>

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