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2007 Stories by Tom Murphy

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  • Workhorse

    published July 5, 2007

    One of the most amusing trends in the last few years has been the merging of Southern rock and so-called stoner rock. As if we needed the unholy... More >>

  • Chairlift

    published July 5, 2007

    Boulder has long been known for spawning talented musical acts — and then inspiring them to move on to more welcoming climates. Maybe... More >>

  • Blue Million Miles

    published June 28, 2007

    Blue Million Miles emerged after the split of Small Objects in the fall of 2006. It was the classic case of a promising young band breaking... More >>

  • Kenny Chesney

    published June 28, 2007

    Kenny Chesney has performed some of the most unabashedly white-bread, defanged, middle-of-the-road pop music ever crafted. While his breakthrough... More >>

  • Breezy Porticos

    published June 28, 2007

    Opening with the bouncy, infectious "Ramona, Just the Other Day," These Record Highs finds Breezy Porticos in the familiar mode of slipping... More >>

  • Debbie Harry

    published June 7, 2007

    As the charismatic frontwoman of Blondie, Debbie Harry was more than just a dumb, photogenic singer crooning unforgettable new-wave pop songs.... More >>

  • Transistor Radio Sound

    published June 7, 2007

    Lo-fi is sort of de rigueur in DIY indie rock, but when that affectation is used to cover up poor songwriting, it can be wearisome. Fortunately,... More >>

  • Sleeper Horse

    published May 31, 2007

    For a few years there, it seemed that there would be no end to the stream of angsty, but not angry, suburban white-boy punks. How many times did... More >>

  • Maple Tigers

    published May 24, 2007

    Earlier this year, Landlordland seemed to come to an abrupt end — especially considering what a formidable live act it had grown into. For... More >>

  • Young Galaxy

    published May 24, 2007

    Young Galaxy could easily be pegged as yet another dreamy space-rock band. But instead of opting for the distorted, frayed tones favored by many... More >>

  • Mothership

    published May 24, 2007

    Mothership is made up of a group of heady individuals, the type of musicians who are completely comfortable jamming out live on songs such as... More >>

  • Tripp Nasty Orchestra

    published May 17, 2007

    With the focused intensity of Friedrich Nietzsche, Tripp Nasty leads his avant chamber orchestra through a variety of classical musical styles.... More >>

  • Love As Laughter

    published May 17, 2007

    Does anyone truly know what indie rock sounds like? While the term is as ubiquitious as alt-rock was over a decade ago, it can also be extremely... More >>

  • Married in Berdichev

    published May 10, 2007

    As the frenetic frontwoman of Mannequin Makeout, Brittany Gould caterwauls like a riot grrrl and croons like Siouxsie Sioux. So it's a bit... More >>

  • Nashville Pussy

    published May 10, 2007

    If sleaze rock is the tongue-kissing cousin of heavy metal, then Nashville Pussy is Gene Simmons's hillbilly stunt double. Led by the twin-guitar... More >>

  • The Postmarks

    published May 3, 2007

    Florida is probably the last place you'd expect to find a French-pop-influenced, trip-hop-tinged indie band. The place isn't exactly a wellspring... More >>

  • The Archive

    published April 26, 2007

    There probably aren't too many people who remember Autonomous Collective, a poppy post-rock act that daringly explored a wide range of sounds with... More >>

  • RTX

    published April 26, 2007

    Contorted, distorted, six-string mayhem was the hallmark of Jennifer Herrema's previous group, the influential Royal Trux. Deconstructing guitar... More >>

  • Wild Game

    published April 19, 2007

    Okay, pretend Nirvana never forced hair bands into early retirement -- it can be pretty bleak to think about. But if you listen to the recorded... More >>

  • Games for May

    published April 12, 2007

    With charming, carefully constructed songs, Games for May conjures the acid-damaged genius of Syd Barrett, Revolver-era Beatles and... More >>

  • Calm

    published April 12, 2007

    Time and AwareNess have been collaborating for years. Though the two MCs are somewhat obscure in Denver, they've earned a dedicated following... More >>

  • ReAction

    published April 12, 2007

    F. Scott Fitzgerald once declared that there are no second acts in American lives. Had the novelist ever met Will Baumgartner, however, he might... More >>

  • Kissing Party

    published April 5, 2007

    In a time when war without end looms on the horizon and impending economic and ecological disaster hangs over us like a Sword of Damocles, it's... More >>

  • Maria Taylor

    published April 5, 2007

    Few songwriters these days can claim to have such undeniably hip credentials as Maria Taylor. After getting her start in the teenage pop band... More >>

  • Pictureplane

    published March 22, 2007

    In recent years, a spate of would-be synth-pop revivalists have come into the world. Some have mixed in rock instrumentals, while others have... More >>

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