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  • Idle Talents

    published December 18, 2003

    Fans of Monty Python's Eric Idle were given an unexpected treat in 2000, when he returned to live performance after years of Hollywood film... More >>

  • Higher Authority

    published December 4, 2003

    Just as sure as you've never heard anyone profess, "I love waiting in a doctor's office because the magazines are topnotch," you'll never hear... More >>

  • Borgir Kings

    published November 20, 2003

    What amazes women most about that contraption called man is his knack for never asking the pertinent questions. Like "How can a guy be friends... More >>

  • Paul Westerberg

    published November 13, 2003

    After the exhilarating one-two punch of last year's Stereo/Mono, you might've expected a knockout single disc of Paul Westerberg, all... More >>

  • Cheese Wizards

    published October 16, 2003

    No doubt you've gotten on with your life since 1991, but we here at the Muso Band Institute have been torturing ourselves for more than a decade... More >>

  • Alice Cooper

    published October 16, 2003

    Once you're nearing your fourth decade as a recording artist, your audience has every reason to expect you will never again make an album that... More >>

  • Helloween

    published September 25, 2003

    An even greater mystery than Carly Simon's "who's so vain" saga: Which real-life metal band most closely embodies the fictional travails of Spinal... More >>

  • Strong Language

    published September 25, 2003

    9/25-11/6 Spread the words: The Valley's top slam poets have a shot at the big time -- the World Championship Poetry Crown. Slammers... More >>

  • Psychedelic Furs

    published September 18, 2003

    Folks who bought the Psychedelic Furs' debut album digested the word "stupid" a riveting 14 times. And it wasn't just any ol' stupid. When Richard... More >>

  • I'm Eighteen!

    published September 11, 2003

    Most parents chart their child's growth from notches on the wall. Diane and Chuck Simo can follow their son Jeff's progress from the career... More >>

  • Ween

    published August 28, 2003

    Crank up this album, with its ripping, Motörhead-hearted opener "It's Gonna Be a Long Night" closely followed by the band's trippy dippy... More >>

  • Post-Hypno

    published August 21, 2003

    The last time Jimmy Vespa and Bobby Lava Noxious did something they really didn't want to do, they quit the Hypno-Twists, a band they helped start... More >>

  • Bob Dylan and Various Artists

    published August 21, 2003

    Can Bob Dylan's most enigmatic album be one he's hardly even on? Like an absentee landlord, the masked but hardly anonymous Robert Z appears only... More >>

  • Iron Maiden

    published August 21, 2003

    Yes, only God can make a tree, but only England can produce the rock stars who routinely plow into them. Or, when a tree is not readily available,... More >>

  • Band Together

    published July 17, 2003

    For most Arizona bands, the arc they can expect their careers to take is not unlike that of the Sciannas. Take a bunch of transplanted musicians,... More >>

  • Jewel

    published June 26, 2003

    "Dear fans, where to start?" Jewel writes in the liner notes for 0304, what she describes as a "lyrically-driven . . . modern... More >>

  • The Yardbirds

    published June 26, 2003

    As founding member Chris Dreja tells it, making a new Yardbirds album after 35 years seemed daunting: "That's a long holiday. We've been dormant... More >>

  • Led Zeppelin

    published June 19, 2003

    If you first saw The Song Remains the Same at a midnight showing, like I did, chances are the secondhand pot smoke led you to believe that... More >>

  • Navajo Hum

    published June 12, 2003

    By 2000, Tuba City native and Navajo singer James Bilagody had seen his name recognition in Native American musical circles spread like the... More >>

  • Puppets Show

    published May 29, 2003

    On the newly released DVD Meat Puppets Alive in the Nineties, there's a particularly alive moment from the early '80s that Sonic... More >>

  • REO Speedwagon, Journey, and Styx

    published May 15, 2003

    If you lined up all the arenas REO Speedwagon, Journey, and Styx have simultaneously rocked and wimped out end to end, it would stretch across the... More >>

  • Pedro the Lion

    published May 15, 2003

    Revolving casts of players complement David Bazan's music, but there would be no Pedro the Lion without him. He is known for brooding internal... More >>

  • Ever More?

    published May 8, 2003

    Occasionally, a celebrity phone interview can reveal a slice of life not intended for print. It's usually something mundane, maybe a rock star... More >>

  • Captured! By Robots

    published April 24, 2003

    Jay Vance couldn't get along with his fellow musicians -- so he shacked up with four robots. Vance was a member of the Chicago-based ska group... More >>

  • Life or Art?

    published April 10, 2003

    The music industry may want to eulogize Marilyn Manson, Slipknot and Nine Inch Nails, but the alchemy of industrial, metal and theatrics still... More >>

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