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2008 Stories by Michael Roberts

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  • Bloc Party

    published December 11, 2008

    Transitioning from over-hyped buzz generator to perpetual powerhouse ain't easy, even for figures as charismatic as the men of Bloc Party, and the... More >>

  • Bloc Heads

    published December 11, 2008

    Transitioning from overhyped buzz generator to perpetual powerhouse ain't easy, even for figures as charismatic as the Bloc Party men, and the... More >>

  • My Morning Jacket

    published September 18, 2008

    Over the years, categorizers have shoved My Morning Jacket in numerous pigeonholes: jam, Southern rock, Americana, and more. Group leader Jim... More >>

  • Good Morning

    published September 18, 2008

    Over the years, categorizers have shoved My Morning Jacket in numerous pigeonholes: jam band, Southern-rock band, Americana band, and more.... More >>

  • David Byrne & Brian Eno

    published September 11, 2008

    My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, released in 1981 (and recently reissued), was an attempt by David Byrne and Brian Eno to forge new territory... More >>

  • Common

    published September 11, 2008

    Unlike many of his rap contemporaries, Rashid "Common" Lynn has matured artistically — but he had a head start. Back in 1992, when he... More >>

  • Common Purpose

    published September 11, 2008

    Unlike many of his rap contemporaries, Rashid "Common" Lynn has matured artistically -- but he had a head start. Back in 1992 when he released his... More >>

  • Silver Jews

    published August 7, 2008

    Singer/songwriter David Berman is as much of an ironist in life as he is in art. Note that after landing in rehab following a Xanax overdose... More >>

  • Beck

    published July 31, 2008

    Danger Mouse is arguably the most adventurous producer to tackle a Beck project since the Dust Brothers helped birth a 1996 baby called... More >>

  • Bill Frisell

    published July 31, 2008

    When Coloradans talk about great musical artists with local roots, they seldom mention jazz guitarist Bill Frisell. Frankly, the omission is... More >>

  • Katy Perry

    published July 24, 2008

    Katy Perry's capable of remaking herself for any promising target demographic. In her teens, she delivered achingly sincere contemporary Christian... More >>

  • Three 6 Mafia

    published July 17, 2008

    When the members of Three 6 Mafia won a 2006 Best Song Oscar for "It's Hard Out Here for a Pimp," from Hustle & Flow, they reacted with so... More >>

  • Sigur Rós

    published July 10, 2008

    Sigur Rós' latest is positively festooned with danger signs: first album to be recorded mostly outside the band's home base of Iceland,... More >>

  • Weezer

    published July 3, 2008

    Over the years, reviewers aplenty have wished for Weezer's Rivers Cuomo to grow up. But when he's occasionally tried to do so, the results have... More >>

  • Girl Named Kyle

    published June 19, 2008

    No, the world hasn't been waiting for another folkish band fronted by a precocious, big-voiced singer, and the familiar nature of the strummier... More >>

  • Portishead

    published June 12, 2008

    In 1997, when Portishead's self-titled second album arrived, the group's sound was routinely described as trip-hop. Eleven years later, that term... More >>

  • Pharrell Williams puts music ahead of money by going back on tour with N.E.R.D.

    published June 5, 2008

    Pharrell Williams is so in-demand as a producer that every time he tours with N.E.R.D., his most consistently weird project, he probably costs... More >>

  • She & Him

    published May 22, 2008

    With the possible exception of the three people who look back fondly on Bruce Willis' recording career, we're well acquainted with the eardrum... More >>

  • Jack Johnson

    published February 21, 2008

    Jack Johnson would undoubtedly make a wonderful dinner companion. Unlike the average rock star, who might well break the good china, wipe his face... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published January 24, 2008

    Too many movie tie-in collections put profits before cohesion. Tunes by widely disparate performers, most of whom just happen to record for... More >>

  • OneRepublic

    published January 17, 2008

    OneRepublic's Colorado connection is mighty tangential. Tulsa-born lead singer Ryan Tedder and guitarist Zach Filkins met while attending high... More >>

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