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  • Camper Van Beethoven

    published December 23, 2004

    Returning after a 15-year-long hiatus -- during which leader David Lowery launched the far more successful Cracker (remember "Low"?) -- Camper Van... More >>

  • The Damnwells

    published December 9, 2004

    Though they hail from Brooklyn, the Damnwells traffic in a loping, Americana-pop sound that seems endemic to the middle of the country, from the... More >>

  • Pinback

    published December 2, 2004

    Garage rock seemed a better bet, but acts like the Shins, Death Cab for Cutie, and Modest Mouse have made the case that indie pop, not rock, is... More >>

  • Captured! By Robots

    published November 25, 2004

    Every disgruntled, erstwhile band member (except food chain bottom-feeders, drummers) has probably thought, "Fuckin' A. I could build something... More >>

  • The Clumsy Lovers

    published November 25, 2004

    The Clumsy Lovers began falteringly at first, befitting their name, but developed a grassroots following for their fluttering Americana blend... More >>

  • U.K. Subs

    published November 18, 2004

    The U.K. Subs never were quite as glorious as the Clash, the Damned, or the Sex Pistols, but rather operated just a tier below, releasing an... More >>

  • Bad Religion

    published November 11, 2004

    Unlike many of its '80s Cali punk peers, Bad Religion aged like wine, not delivery pizza. While most bands of that era realized their potential... More >>

  • Le Tigre

    published November 11, 2004

    Kathleen Hanna helped pioneer the "riot grrrl" movement during the early '90s in the group Bikini Kill, which melded feminist politics with... More >>

  • Melissa Ferrick

    published November 11, 2004

    Melissa Ferrick's been making music for more than a decade since her Atlantic Records debut, Massive Blur, without making any lasting... More >>

  • Insane Clown Posse, and Esham

    published November 4, 2004

    The opera I Pagliacci may have spawned the murderous harlequin, but ICP elevated it to, well, something similar to an art form, if you... More >>

  • The Delgados

    published November 4, 2004

    Radiohead gets more press, but the best band in England is actually the Delgados. Not only have they made five terrific albums, but they began the... More >>

  • Richard Buckner

    published November 4, 2004

    Richard Buckner and Damien Jurado are scheduled to perform on Thursday, November 4, at the Old Brickhouse. More >>

  • Th Legendary Shack Shakers

    published November 4, 2004

    Th' Legendary Shack Shakers are scheduled to perform on Monday, November 8, at the Rhythm Room. More >>

  • Megadeth

    published October 28, 2004

    Like a bastard little brother, Megadeth has lurked in the shadow of the band singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine helped found in the early '80s. Both... More >>

  • Rilo Kiley

    published October 21, 2004

    One of indie rock's most enjoyable new bands, Rilo Kiley's led by former child actors Blake Sennett and Jenny Lewis -- though it's the latter's... More >>

  • Fat Joe

    published October 21, 2004

    Joe Cartagena, a.k.a. Fat Joe, is one of mainstream hip-hop's few Latino rappers, as well as the rare bird able to establish a decade-long track... More >>

  • Taking Back Sunday

    published October 14, 2004

    Often it's less about creating the sound than crystallizing it. By the time Taking Back Sunday released its first album, 2002's Tell All Your... More >>

  • Aceyalone and Del Tha Funkee Homosapien

    published October 14, 2004

    While NYC's Native Tongues posse was kicking off "conscious rap" with acts such as A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul, Aceyalone was inaugurating... More >>

  • De La Soul

    published October 7, 2004

    It's difficult to overstate the impact of De La Soul's debut release, 3 Feet High and Rising. Spawned by a thriving New York scene with... More >>

  • Dave Alvin

    published October 7, 2004

    There aren't but a few guitarists from the '80s underground with the skill of Dave Alvin, and none with the versatility. Whether leading... More >>

  • Hot Snakes, with The Husbands

    published September 30, 2004

    For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, and the ascendancy of edge-sanded, pop-friendly punk has sent underground iconoclasts... More >>

  • H2O

    published September 30, 2004

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  • The Tragically Hip

    published September 30, 2004

    Like Sloan, the Tragically Hip's massive success in Canada and anonymity here is more vexing than Alanis and Celine's popularity here -- and... More >>

  • Face to Face

    published September 9, 2004

    With singer/guitarist Trever Keith and bassist Scott Shifflet dedicating their time to their rock supergroup Viva Death with Josh Freese (A... More >>

  • Tony Furtado

    published September 9, 2004

    A musician who has continually reinvented himself and yet has remained below the commercial radar, Tony Furtado has proved to be a tremendously... More >>

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