Posted July 5, 2005, 4:23 a.m.
Hollywood has a running list of actors and actresses who attempt to extend their talents to the music industry. For some inexplicable reason, it seems ... read more
Posted June 23, 2005, 9:39 a.m.
Hot Hot Heat has managed to weave in and out of the limelight in the last few years. Often compared to the Cure, they are ... read more
Posted June 15, 2005, 12:55 a.m.
Music elitists say that excellent music has not come out since the 70's; that the past thirty odd some years have been regurgitated, diluted crap. ... read more
Posted May 25, 2005, 4:26 a.m.
"Ladies and gentlemen, set yourself on fire!" exclaims novelist Ibi Kaslik on the inside cover of Stars's sophomore album, Set Yourself on Fire. This begins ... read more
Posted May 10, 2005, 6:51 a.m.
The name Ryan Adams has become synonymous with the word "prolific," but not so much with the words "genius" and "brilliant"- those are thrown around ... read more
Posted March 8, 2005, 11:27 p.m.
Digital Ash in a Digital Urn appears to be out of character for Conor Oberst. He incorporates heavy beats and samples that force his signature ... read more
Posted Feb. 14, 2005, 9:32 a.m.
The morning is generally associated with hope and rebirth. Leave it up to sad-eyed pessimist Conor Oberst to reverse this symbol in I'm Wide Awake, ... read more
Posted Jan. 5, 2005, 12:32 p.m.
On The Lost Riots, Hope of the States debuts with tragedy on their shoulders. In midst of recording the album, founding guitarist James Lawrence was ... read more
Posted Dec. 5, 2004, 1:06 p.m.
Will Johnson not only fronts the incestuous bands Centro-matic and South San Gabriel, but he also has a solo career on the side. After recording ... read more
Posted Oct. 19, 2004, 4:19 p.m.
Moving Units played at last year's Sunset Junction Street Fair, which had an impressive line-up of indie pop and rock bands, including Guided by Voices, ... read more
Posted Oct. 10, 2004, 1:58 p.m.
Turn on the Bright Lights is a great debut album. The guitars are compelling when paired with Paul Banks's jarring vocals, letting bizarre lyrics like ... read more
Posted Oct. 3, 2004, 1:18 p.m.
Foreign territories naturally exude mystery and romance. Dubliners the Thrills found California so intriguing that they wrote their whole debut, So Much for the City, ... read more
Posted Sept. 28, 2004, 9:24 a.m.
Nothing really sets the Delays apart from other mediocre Brit pop rock bands. They are all trapped in limbo between the achievements of Radiohead and ... read more
Posted Sept. 24, 2004, 5:23 a.m.
Pete Doherty is so rock n' roll. Every other day the kid is in rehab, and on the other days he's escaping from it. Just ... read more
Posted Sept. 8, 2004, 4 p.m.
Perhaps the name of Sahara Hotnights singer Maria Andersson's boyfriend rings a bell - Howlin' Pelle Alvmquist of the Hives. Or maybe you just know ... read more
Posted Aug. 24, 2004, 7:09 p.m.
It was kind of shocking when Rilo Kiley decided to leave Saddle Creek in pursuit of their own record label, Brute/Beaute. In the whole history ... read more
Posted Aug. 17, 2004, 3:14 p.m.
Tim Kasher manages to juggle two well-respected bands without taking a noticeable break. The strident noise of Cursive may sound much harsher than the soft ... read more
Posted Aug. 11, 2004, 8:01 a.m.
Could it be that my computer has a secret quality music detector and it was trying to warn me? My computer isn't that advanced, in ... read more
Posted Aug. 6, 2004, 9:40 a.m.
Finn Andrews, the vocalist and guitarist of the Veils, once posed alone in front of a cemetery. The building behind the cemetery was grey, old, ... read more
Posted July 27, 2004, 2:01 a.m.
Even if you're in a band whose career spans almost 30 years, there is a first time for everything. This is the first time the ... read more
Posted July 15, 2004, 5:27 a.m.
I love Ryan Adams - in a musical way. When I heard that Ryan Adams's partner in crime, Jesse Malin, was releasing a second album, ... read more
Posted July 11, 2004, 6:08 p.m.
The West Coast seems to have an air of a free spirit that allows songwriters to write various types of music there. About two years ... read more
Posted July 1, 2004, 3:39 p.m.
Tilly and the Wall is the first band to be signed onto Conor Oberst's label, Team Love. The team is so full of love that ... read more
Posted June 22, 2004, 6:18 p.m.
Admit it, you skipped Blake Sennett's songs on Rilo Kiley's The Execution of All Things! It's often distracting to hear different vocalists for different tracks. ... read more
Posted June 18, 2004, 4:02 a.m.
The temperatures across the States are getting higher. Flowers are approaching or at their finest state. The cicadas are dying out both by human consumption ... read more
Posted May 30, 2004, 4 p.m.
My first listen: Let's get some facts straight. Keane is a three piece band. They don't have any guitars, instead there is a piano. They ... read more
Posted May 24, 2004, 5:43 p.m.
Recently it seems like every magazine I pick up has something positive to say about Franz Ferdinand; Franz Ferdinand this, Franz Ferdinand that. It's always ... read more
Posted May 17, 2004, 1:28 a.m.
Carina Round is too late for the Riot Grrrl movement, the only recent explosion of female artists. Although lo-fi indie princess Liz Phair and crazy ... read more
Posted May 11, 2004, 4:38 a.m.
New York City looks so glamorous from afar, but when I get there I'm reminded that I don't belong with the constant honking, the frustrating ... read more
Posted May 4, 2004, 5:32 p.m.
Denver Dalley is all over the place. After Desaparecidos went on hiatus, Dalley started to flesh out his own songs in his spare time. He ... read more
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