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2003 Stories by Christopher O'Connor

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  • The Romantic Fence

    published June 5, 2003

    Idlewild formed in an era when rockin' in the U.K. was as close to trendy as it's been in recent memory. "We came up in 1995 and 1996. Everything... More >>

  • Nutcracker Sweet

    published June 5, 2003

    A ballet rehearsal space seems an unlikely rock venue, but for more than 200 bored kids in Mesa last week, Jeanne's Dance Studio filled the bill.... More >>

  • Marquee de Sad

    published May 29, 2003

    About 15 minutes into their set at the new Marquee Theatre in Tempe last Tuesday, Idaho guitar ambassadors Built to Spill blasted into "The Plan,"... More >>

  • A Dethroned Prince

    published May 22, 2003

    In "The Driveby," one of several side-splitting skits on storied hip-hop producer Prince Paul's clever new concept album Politics of the... More >>

  • Switching Gears

    published May 22, 2003

    Mike "Sir Pie" Gomez, the normally effusive rapper and singer for Cousins of the Wize, looks devastated, wearing a blank look of disbelief, like... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published May 22, 2003

    Okay, no surprise here: The rush-released American Idol Season 2: All-Time Classic American Love Songs, one of the worst albums in recent... More >>

  • Catching a Thief

    published May 15, 2003

    I walked into Stinkweeds Record Exchange in Tempe last week and was stunned by what I heard. Hail to the Thief, the new album by British... More >>

  • Scenes From Nowhere

    published May 8, 2003

    The rich man can have his green grass back next week. This is our field tonight. I stand surrounded by tens of thousands of party... More >>

  • Richard Thompson

    published May 8, 2003

    Somehow, someway, critical darling Richard Thompson still makes a go of it. Thompson is one of rock 'n' roll's most gifted everythings --... More >>

  • Jam Land

    published May 1, 2003

    At 4:20 p.m. on April 20, the hippies take over. They flock to the Sail Inn, a larger-than-average dive with an outdoor patio and stage tucked... More >>

  • Rocking the Casbah

    published April 24, 2003

    John Logan, lead singer and guitarist for the Phoenix guerrilla rockers the MadCaPs, has been performing a song as part of his band's sets lately... More >>

  • Stoned Cold

    published April 24, 2003

    The Wednesday night broadcast of local hip-hop show "Under the Influence" is only halfway through its three hours, yet the vibe at the KFNX-AM... More >>

  • Redfield

    published April 24, 2003

    Redfield is a tough band to pigeonhole. It might count as punk. The Valley hopefuls seem to prefer that tag, having been profiled and hyped by... More >>

  • Phunk Junkeez

    published April 24, 2003

    The Phunk Junkeez and Illegal Substance mine the same material. The latter's a group of Phoenix youngsters whose self-titled debut leads with the... More >>

  • Iron Will

    published April 17, 2003

    Bonnie Prince' Billy is the alter ego of Will Oldham, who, along with Bill Callahan of Smog, is a crucial upholder of American folk tradition in... More >>

  • Spotlight Blues

    published April 17, 2003

    "I earned it. After 30 years in the desert, you deserve something, man." Hans Olson sat in the spotlight Sunday, an iconic lonesome... More >>

  • 40 Bands 1 Night 7 Bucks

    published April 10, 2003

    Gas may be over $2 a gallon, and movies will soon blow through the $10 barrier, but hey, at least you still have the New Times Music... More >>

  • Tobacco Roadie

    published April 10, 2003

    John Calleo, former roadie for Megadeth and ZZ Top, a concert producer, all-around rock 'n' roll guy and a storied prankster, died two weeks ago... More >>

  • White Stripes

    published April 10, 2003

    The White Stripes' Elephant is not a five-star album. In fact, Elephant's not even the fashionable two-piece garage band's... More >>

  • Park Rager

    published April 3, 2003

    Singer Chester Bennington remembers his 10 years of musical obscurity and near-poverty in Phoenix, which explains why he's so hungry now to enjoy... More >>

  • Richie Cole

    published April 3, 2003

    Richie Cole doesn't like to indulge in trade secrets, which is too bad, because he swears he can re-create a wild 18-piece big band solely through... More >>

  • Sigur Rós

    published April 3, 2003

    Sigur Rós makes beautiful but utterly confounding music. The Reykjavik, Iceland, band's songs often snake through eight to 12 minutes of... More >>

  • Biz Marquee

    published March 27, 2003

    Tempe sucks a little less now. Two new clubs opened in the non-smoking-mandated, increasingly regulated, fashionably cynical college town this... More >>

  • AFI

    published March 27, 2003

    AFI, an unusual hard-rock band, recruited veteran producers Butch Vig and Jerry Finn an unusual duo to produce its major-label debut, Si... More >>

  • Owning Up

    published March 20, 2003

    So when's that new Gang Starr album gonna drop? In May, now that you mention it. Hip-hop fans have been waiting impatiently since 1998's... More >>

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