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  • The Adolescents

    published December 22, 2005

    The Adolescents have been around for so long now that founding guitarist Frank Agnew's 18-year-old son, Frank Agnew Jr., is also playing guitar in... More >>

  • If the Xiu Fits

    published December 8, 2005

    For a leading indie-rock miserablist, Jamie Stewart possesses one of the heartiest, most boisterous laughs you're ever likely to hear. The... More >>

  • Cage

    published November 24, 2005

    Man, if you think Eminem had a rough upbringing, check out the backstory of Chris Palko, better known as rapper Cage: Born to a heroin-addicted... More >>

  • Depeche Mode

    published November 24, 2005

    A new disc from the Rolling Stones is often cause for celebration. Not because the albums are any good -- they've been shit since, oh, about 1981,... More >>

  • Fall Brawl Tour

    published November 17, 2005

    Funny they're calling this union of nü-metal refugees (and one newcomer) the "Fall Brawl" tour, since none of the bands could really be... More >>

  • Stryper

    published November 10, 2005

    Hi, this is Michael Sweet from Stryper. I'm either rockin' a stage or deep in prayer right now, so leave your name and a brief message and I'll... More >>

  • John Vanderslice

    published November 3, 2005

    Here are a few interesting facts about San Francisco's John Vanderslice: 1. He eats a vegetarian burrito every single day; he's been doing so... More >>

  • Neva Dinova

    published November 3, 2005

    "Welcome back to The Insider, I'm Pat O'Brien! Thanks to The O.C. , indie rock is hotter than ever! And nowhere is it more sizzling... More >>

  • Nirvana

    published November 3, 2005

    "Frances, Frances Bean . . . what are you doing up here, sweetie?" "I was just going through Daddy's tapes, Mom. I wanna pick a song for... More >>

  • Atmosphere

    published October 27, 2005

    Anyone who's been following Atmosphere -- the Minneapolis indie hip-hop act comprising MC Slug and DJ Ant -- over the past 10 years likely isn't... More >>

  • The Dwarves

    published October 27, 2005

    Dear God, Blag Dahlia here, from scum-punkers The Dwarves. We've been around 20 years and I'm getting a little older now, so there's a few... More >>

  • Minus the Bear

    published October 6, 2005

    If there were a Grammy for "Best Song Title by a Duo or Group with Vocal," Seattle quintet Minus the Bear would've easily taken the statue every... More >>

  • Bloodhound Gang

    published October 6, 2005

    Miss Hildebrandt's fourth-grade reading class, 9:30 a.m. " . . . very good, Sarah. Emily Dickinson was a fine choice. All... More >>

  • Fruit Bats

    published September 29, 2005

    Andrew: What are you listening to? Sam: The Shins, you know them? Andrew: No. Sam: You gotta hear this song, it'll change your... More >>

  • Destiny's Child

    published August 25, 2005

    In Memoriam: Destiny's Child (1990-2005) The multi-platinum pop-R&B trio Destiny's Child died of an unspecified illness at GM Place in... More >>

  • Backstreet Boys

    published August 25, 2005

    C'mon, A.J., pick up the damn phone, Nick thought to himself. "Hello?" "A.J., it's Nick, what's up?" "Hey, Nick, how's it... More >>

  • American Metal Blast

    published August 18, 2005

    Screw the Crüe -- for our money, the single most iconic moment of the '80s sleaze-metal era is that scene in The Decline of Western... More >>

  • Koufax

    published August 11, 2005

    Modern U.S. life sure is rubbish, asserts Koufax singer Robert Suchan on his Kansas-based quintet's third album: We've got a cheater for a... More >>

  • Toby Keith

    published August 11, 2005

    Well, stick a boot in my ass and whistle "Dixie," I do believe Toby Keith has gone soft! Seems like only yesterday the linebacker-size Oklahoman... More >>

  • The Briefs

    published July 21, 2005

    For the past six years, The Briefs have been sticking Seattle's mopey indie-rock ass with a healthy shot of '77-style punk rock, and the fun is... More >>

  • Gigantour

    published July 21, 2005

    It's perfectly fine to be gay (Rob Halford) or a doddering old fart (Ozzy), but there's simply no crying in metal, unless maybe your drummer bro... More >>

  • John Prine

    published July 21, 2005

    It's a morbid business, but most practical editors in the journalism racket have a folder filled with pre-written obituaries all ready to go for... More >>

  • Jimmy Chamberlin Complex

    published July 14, 2005

    Nearly a decade ago, exceptionally talented skins man Jimmy Chamberlin was the black sheep of the Smashing Pumpkins family, finally getting... More >>

  • Scout Niblett

    published July 7, 2005

    Scout Niblett is the nom de indie rock of one Emma Louise Niblett, a native of Nottingham, England (though currently residing in Oakland,... More >>

  • Warped Minds

    published June 23, 2005

    7:41 a.m. Get a wake-up call from my 14-year-old nephew, Jeremy, who I'm taking to his very first Warped Tour. He asks to borrow my faded... More >>

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