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2003 Stories by Christopher O'Connor

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  • Metal Urge

    published March 20, 2003

    Follow heavy metal's primary syllogism: Do you like to rock? Yeah! Do you want to rock? Hell yeah! Then let's... More >>

  • The Doors 21st Century

    published March 20, 2003

    Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger have chosen to relight the Doors' fire with a "reunion" tour, with the Cult's Ian Astbury stepping forward in Jim... More >>

  • Blanche Davidian

    published March 20, 2003

    Singer Jamie Monistat VII takes his name from a vaginal cream. The drummer goes by the equally crass moniker Hugh Jass. The band's name, of... More >>

  • Zorro Pop

    published March 13, 2003

    Estéban has taken the classical guitar further than anyone ought to be able to nowadays. Even he admits that. "Not many people listen... More >>

  • Positive Spin

    published March 6, 2003

    Roger Clyne says if there's no music scene in Phoenix today, it may be partially his fault. Clyne led the sensationally quirky Refreshments... More >>

  • The Radiators

    published March 6, 2003

    Last week marked the return of Mardi Gras to New Orleans, as well as the crawfish, beads and liquor being poured in bar after bar along Bourbon... More >>

  • Return of the Exile

    published February 20, 2003

    Life was cool for Brendan Benson back in 1996. He had a record deal with Virgin Records. His connections enabled him to write and record with... More >>

  • Against All Odds

    published February 20, 2003

    Two recent developments have me thinking about the Davids of the music industry and whether they have any chance going up against Goliaths, both... More >>

  • Cat Power

    published February 20, 2003

    Chan Marshall, known to the rock 'n' roll world as Cat Power, is a painfully shy woman with a lot to say. You Are Free, her new album and... More >>

  • Raising the Stakes

    published February 13, 2003

    Pokafase knows he's in for a geographic challenge in the coming months -- and relishes it. "I blew from Phoenix/Only shit harder than that/Is... More >>

  • Problem Child

    published February 6, 2003

    Adam Jacobson is a big man. His goal is just as big to subvert the sourpuss patrol that controls modern rock 'n' roll and pump a little fun bac... More >>

  • The Notwist

    published February 6, 2003

    That's not a skip on your CD. That series of harp notes, which tiptoe erratically and are disrupted by odd pauses, is just the weird programming... More >>

  • The Blare Bitch Project

    published February 6, 2003

    "We're the Blare Bitch Project and we don't give a fuck!" proclaims this band of pissed-off women, fronted by Blare N. Bitch of the beautifully... More >>

  • Wallpaper Chase

    published January 30, 2003

    Now, I've never been one to share. But I'm an only child who became a music editor for a good reason. I like to be left alone, stand around at... More >>

  • Shakira

    published January 30, 2003

    Shakira is intellectually fascinating. No, that's not a pathetic last-call pickup line, nor is it a disingenuous way of disguising lust for the... More >>

  • Backdoor Boogie

    published January 23, 2003

    Fatigo is a very young Valley band, having only formed a year ago. It has one self-released record to its name and is slowly building a reputation... More >>

  • Mushroom Variations

    published January 16, 2003

    DJ Mark Farina can't talk too long. He has to go pick up his soundboard. "It's been in the shop for two or three weeks," says Farina, one of... More >>

  • Arizona Squeeze

    published January 16, 2003

    The Grammys must not much like Arizona. The nominations for the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences' (NARAS) 45th annual musical... More >>

  • Erykah Badu

    published January 16, 2003

    Evidently, a healthy single and a few well-placed guest turns are enough to spark a full tour these days. Erykah Badu, whose late 2000 album... More >>

  • Good Grief

    published January 9, 2003

    Halfway through a party thrown by Waylon Jennings' family at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix last week, I swear the old man's honky-tonk spirit... More >>

  • Nas

    published January 9, 2003

    Nas runs, it seems, on two themes loss and the reclamation of former glory. With God's Son, the Queens rapper plagued by a lack ... More >>

  • The Magnificent Strummer

    published January 2, 2003

    Like fellow punk forebears the Ramones last year, the Clash, which dissolved amid drug abuse and splintering musical agendas in the mid-1980s,... More >>

  • Crazy Town

    published January 2, 2003

    Mook rock may now have its own Smash Mouth a marginal band armed with buffalo-butt riffs and urban attitude that somehow outlives one-hit wonde... More >>

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