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2003 Stories by Christopher O'Connor

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  • Ash Canned

    published December 25, 2003

    Live music in downtown Tempe doesn't get much better than a Phunk Junkeez show at the Bash on Ash. But after one last performance December 27, the... More >>

  • Nerd Bands, Unite!

    published December 18, 2003

    The power-pop quartet Weezer has inspired a new generation of unassuming, garage-dwelling would-be rock stars. In fact, members of young Valley... More >>

  • Amassing the Particle

    published December 4, 2003

    Much like their ambitious funk workouts that can extend into the wee hours of the morning, the members of Particle take a stream-of-consciousness... More >>

  • Make-Believe Michael

    published November 27, 2003

    I've been a huge Michael Jackson fan for most of my life. I mean, you couldn't attend a mostly black elementary school in 1983 and not... More >>

  • Shouldering Atllas

    published November 13, 2003

    Atllas is the phantom of the Phoenix hip-hop scene. Even when you can't see him, he's there, like a graffiti bomber taunting a train in the yard... More >>

  • Wong Song

    published November 6, 2003

    First, it was closing. Then it wasn't. And now no one is sure what will happen. For 15 years, seven days a week, Long Wong's on Mill has been... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published October 30, 2003

    Hip-hop loves Scarface, the Al Pacino flick that just turned 20. Over time, the movie, about a self-made Cuban immigrant drug kingpin, has... More >>

  • Substance Abuse

    published October 23, 2003

    Stupidity can't really be called a cultural offense anymore, especially in pop music, where seemingly every successful act now can be evaluated in... More >>

  • Summer Hymns

    published October 23, 2003

    It may be no coincidence that Summer Hymns chose Clemency as the title for its latest album. While most people associate the word these... More >>

  • Door A-Jar

    published October 16, 2003

    The Mason Jar is a metal club. Can't deny it. The Phoenix institution was a metal club when it opened 25 years ago. It really became one under the... More >>

  • The Bled

    published October 16, 2003

    Sticking The Bled with the "hardcore" tag seems unfair. Pass the Flask, the young Tucson quintet's 10-song, 38-minute full-length debut, is... More >>

  • Adjusting to Format

    published October 9, 2003

    Phoenix-bred duo The Format won a coveted major-label deal and got to tour on the WB's dime and borrow Guns N' Roses' newest drummer -- on the... More >>

  • JS

    published October 2, 2003

    Thirtysomething R&B superstar R. Kelly stands accused of taping himself having sex with underage girls and collecting child pornography. Hard to... More >>

  • Twinemen

    published October 2, 2003

    The Boston trio Morphine made a compelling argument for avant-garde minimalism in the '90s. It relied on tenor saxophone, drums and especially... More >>

  • Kreator

    published October 2, 2003

    An old roommate once offered a thought: "Dude, is there any popular music from Germany that doesn't suck?!" In thinking about it, he... More >>

  • Treasure Crunk

    published September 25, 2003

    For hard-core hip-hop heads and regular patrons of urban clubs throughout the South and West, Jonathan "Lil' Jon" Smith is not a newcomer. The... More >>

  • Snatching Tempe

    published September 25, 2003

    The owners of Bandersnatch Brew Pub in Tempe have sold the downtown institution to the owners of Martini Ranch, Scottsdale's upscale version of a... More >>

  • Bubba Sparxxx

    published September 25, 2003

    Timbaland and Bubba Sparxxx are the new tag-team champions of rap. With Deliverance, the second Bubba album produced mostly by Tim, they've... More >>

  • Walking the Line

    published September 18, 2003

    After several years of tributes and eulogies, with his work in vogue and a video meditation on his aging mesmerizing MTV viewers, Johnny Cash did... More >>

  • Glass Ceiling

    published September 18, 2003

    Steve Shelton plays with his cell phone between sips of English tea at the George and Dragon on Central. He checks the blue display screen for his... More >>

  • Hard-Core Tune-Up

    published September 11, 2003

    Atreyu is a band of young misfits and slackers from the suburbs of Orange County, California, that's channeled its angst into developing an... More >>

  • Magic and Gloss

    published September 11, 2003

    Daniel Lanois, superstar producer and occasional solo artist, took pains in his liner notes to thank all of the musicians who contributed to... More >>

  • The Coral

    published September 11, 2003

    The Coral is a talented sextet of kids from Merseyside, England, whose improving songcraft and sense of self-expression threaten to eventually... More >>

  • Refried South

    published September 4, 2003

    Steve Trella fields requests for songs by Southern bands like the Allman Brothers Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band and the Outlaws every... More >>

  • Fried Glam

    published August 21, 2003

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