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2003 Stories by Jonathan Bond

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  • Deck the Hall

    published December 11, 2003

    When he's onstage, James Hall looks as if he's experiencing exorcism via electrocution. The singer and gifted iconoclast is on fire, with... More >>

  • David Allan Coe

    published December 4, 2003

    David Allan Coe, unlike some of his peers, didn't have to manufacture outlaw cred for the outlaw-country movement of the 1970s. Coe essentially... More >>

  • Rock Gardeners

    published November 6, 2003

    In the early 1990s, it was hard to find a Valley band that didn't know, and somehow benefit from knowing, Julie Hurm-Tessitore. A local music... More >>

  • Quasi

    published October 16, 2003

    With Hot Shit, Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss of Qusai continue the get-in-the-van good fight. In the past, Quasi existed as a kind of... More >>

  • Stranger Danger

    published October 9, 2003

    "My focus is on trying to convey the mood, the atmosphere inside his head, the red-headed stranger,' the preacher that finds his wife and lover,... More >>

  • The White Stripes

    published September 25, 2003

    The White Stripes have reached a pinnacle. Call it the rock 'n' roll Peter Principle -- a point at which their huge fame may not serve the music... More >>

  • Daniel Johnston

    published September 11, 2003

    A gold mine for Daniel Johnston fans and a great introduction for folks curious about the mentally troubled but gifted songwriter, The Early... More >>

  • Starlight Mints

    published August 14, 2003

    Following a new album of spaced-out orchestral pop called Built on Squares, the Starlight Mints are fresh from touring the country -- not... More >>

  • Boomsome Twosome

    published August 7, 2003

    At first blush, Fat Cats and the Clubhouse don't seem to have anything in common. For starters, Fat Cats is housed in a historic building in a... More >>

  • Deerhoof

    published July 31, 2003

    Deerhoof singer Satomi Matsuzaki's ultra-high voice sounds something like what would come out of Wayne Coyne's mouth if he weren't a man. She is... More >>

  • Tough Love

    published July 10, 2003

    Matt McAuley, the guitar-playing half of A.R.E. Weapons, says the unusual band name came to him in a dream. "In the dream, [singer] Brain... More >>

  • Matt Sharp

    published July 10, 2003

    Years in the countryside tend to mellow a fellow. It clearly worked on Matt Sharp, who materializes from a four-year hiatus with a haunting... More >>

  • Dwight Yoakam

    published July 3, 2003

    Dwight Yoakam first became known in the mid-80s as part of the new-traditionalist movement in country that included the more mainstream artists... More >>

  • Dead Meadow

    published June 19, 2003

    Bust out the black light and the downers, Dead Meadow is here. An unlikely and largely unsuccessful merging of early Pink Floyd psychedelia and... More >>

  • Sleepytime Gorilla Museum

    published June 19, 2003

    Cheer up, kiddies, the circus is in town. Art-rock freaks Sleepytime Gorilla Museum are coming, with their "this is what it might sound like... More >>

  • Fruit Bats

    published June 12, 2003

    Fruit Bats are yet another example of a side project eclipsing a musician's once main commitment. The Chicago band was first created to give head... More >>

  • Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash

    published June 5, 2003

    These Bastards earned permission to use the Man in Black's name from Johnny Cash himself, and while they are not really his blood, they do offer... More >>

  • Road Hoggin'

    published May 29, 2003

    Jim James answers his cell phone on a very windy Sterling, Colorado, evening, about 140 miles from his band My Morning Jacket's next gig in... More >>

  • Quiet Riot

    published May 22, 2003

    Come on -- stop that Noize! Firmly in the "what th . . ." category, Quiet Riot has decided to tour, gracing us at, you guessed it, the... More >>

  • Vic Chesnutt

    published May 15, 2003

    Sorry to say it, but Silver Lake sounds like Vic Chesnutt light. The veteran singer-songwriter's southern gothic has gone quasi-gospel, his... More >>

  • Smilin' Blues

    published March 13, 2003

    There's an old barroom joke. It goes something like this: "He was the greatest bluesman that no one ever heard of." Bob Corritore may just... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published March 6, 2003

    "Wow! Look at all that pornography, material waste of photography/When all you need is a fertile mind to formulate pictures of any kind." fro... More >>

  • Rock Solidarity

    published February 13, 2003

    Before the Heartgraves had a name, and when they were just five guys in search of a little alchemy, they were having an early Friday evening... More >>

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