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2007 Stories by Ed Masley

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  • Man of Steel

    published May 17, 2007

    You wouldn't think a guy who dusted off Artie Shaw's arrangement of Cole Porter's classic "Begin the Beguine" — on pedal steel, no less... More >>

  • RJD2

    published May 10, 2007

    RJD2's The Third Hand is the kind of alternative hip-hop record that raises the question: When does a particular artist stop being... More >>

  • Beyond Compare

    published May 3, 2007

    By now, you'd think Silversun Pickups frontman Brian Aubert would be ready to slap the next critic he catches comparing the shimmering splendor of... More >>

  • The Love Me Nots

    published May 3, 2007

    Remember when it felt as if any band with loud guitars whose singer didn't make you think of Creed was being lumped in with the Vines as part of... More >>

  • Bright Eyes

    published May 3, 2007

    Bright Eyes' latest effort, Cassadaga, takes its name from a psychic community. The first voice you hear as the orchestra makes like... More >>

  • Air

    published April 26, 2007

    Although the men of Air have never been the most explosive Frenchmen on the planet, there are times on the album Pocket Symphony... More >>

  • Bang! Bang!

    published April 19, 2007

    Bang! Bang! doesn't waste any time living up to its name — exclamation points and all — on The Dirt That Makes You Drown. The... More >>

  • ZZ Top

    published April 12, 2007

    Yes, it's been too long since ZZ Top has made a song half as brilliant as "La Grange" or "Tube Snake Boogie." But if classic rock has taught us... More >>

  • Ted Leo´s Neo-Punk

    published April 5, 2007

    Few artists have spoken more eloquently — or more passionately — about the high cost of life during wartime since Bush took the wheel as... More >>

  • Runaway Diamonds Are Forever

    published April 5, 2007

    She's been part of The Spirit Squad, Runaway Diamonds' life-affirming wall of vocals, for nearly a year now. But when people ask Rhianna Riggs... More >>

  • Brand New

    published April 5, 2007

    This band named its latest effort The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me. And it sounds like the devil is getting all the better punches in... More >>

  • Fu Manchu

    published April 5, 2007

    Fu Manchu's King of the Road was a modern-day stoner-rock classic, kicking off the new millennium with a shit-eating grin that said "Maybe... More >>

  • The Killers

    published April 5, 2007

    They were able to sell more than five million copies of their bottom-shaking, New Wave-flavored debut, Hot Fuss. But the Killers clearly... More >>

  • Mojo Rising Again

    published March 29, 2007

    It's been 40 years since the Doors stood the Summer of Love on its head with a self-titled statement of purpose that sent the brooding fuck-me pop... More >>

  • Rx Bandits, k-oS

    published March 29, 2007

    When you think about it, skanking is one of the most ridiculous things you can do with a human body. You pump your elbows back and forth like a... More >>

  • Sebadoh Boy

    published March 15, 2007

    It's been hailed as Sebadoh's defining moment and "a meeting place for indie universes." But not to the bastard controlling the purse... More >>

  • To The Death

    published March 8, 2007

    The Black Parade had all the makings of a total drag. A concept album devoted to death? Yeah, those are always fun. But New... More >>

  • Eric Clapton

    published March 8, 2007

    Eric Clapton may have aged a bit too gracefully for many fans of his incendiary work with Cream, abandoning that youthful urgency in favor of a... More >>

  • Queer Eye

    published March 1, 2007

    For nearly 20 years, the Queers have made a crude pop art of thrashing through their most infectious songs with the reckless abandon of a hardcore... More >>

  • Poppy Hybrids

    published March 1, 2007

    "I thought it was garbage," says guitarist Kenny Florence, recalling the first time singer/songwriter Adam Baker let him hear the new songs he'd... More >>

  • Trans Am

    published March 1, 2007

    Sex Change starts off re-exploring Trans Am's journeys on the Autobahn, as the echo of Afrobeat guitars washes over the lull of a... More >>

  • Lucinda Williams

    published March 1, 2007

    Well, Lucinda Williams' first release in four years won't be making many people's lists of Least Depressing Albums of 2007. Someone took her joy... More >>

  • Moneen

    published March 1, 2007

    Alternative Press included Moneen's latest effort, The Red Tree, on its "10 Essential Albums of 2006" list, and went on to say that... More >>

  • Space Rock Time Bomb

    published February 22, 2007

    When Ryan McKay was in his early teens, he took his girlfriend to check out some regional band that had achieved a certain local-hero status back... More >>

  • The Who

    published February 22, 2007

    Okay, so that comeback album never quite came back, stalling out on the quality trail somewhere between It's Hard and Roger Daltrey's... More >>

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