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  • B.B. King

    published December 29, 2005

    Years ago, I was scheduled to do a phone interview with this living legend, but Mr. 200-Plus-Shows-a-Year slept through my call. It left this fan... More >>

  • Bodhisattva

    published December 22, 2005

    What's more selfless than a bodhisattva who discovers nirvana but postpones his own enlightenment until he can get everyone else up to speed? How... More >>

  • Reverend Horton Heat

    published December 22, 2005

    With everyone supposedly declaring war on Christmas in 2005, what better time for the good Reverend and his merry band to release We Three... More >>

  • Keith Urban

    published December 8, 2005

    In case you were pining for another four-month Hollywood/Nashville marriage to fill the Kenny Chesney/Rene Zellweger void, forget it. Urban and... More >>

  • Battle Acts

    published December 1, 2005

    Battle Acts for the week of December 1 through 7 Battle Act Dokken Where & When... More >>

  • Bob Schneider

    published December 1, 2005

    Because press materials still refer to this Austin singer-songwriter's last release, I'm Good Now, as his third solo album, it might be a... More >>

  • Zippo Hot Tour

    published November 24, 2005

    Power pop, for far too long, has been music wasted on the old. Throughout the '90s, it seemed only to emanate from bitter people over 30, but now... More >>

  • Fear Factory

    published November 24, 2005

    The marriage of death metal muscle to industrial smarts might not be one you'd care to throw rice at, but you can't deny these two crazy kids make... More >>

  • Battle Acts

    published November 17, 2005

    Battle Acts for week of November 17 through November 23 Battle Act Simple Plan Where & When Friday, November 18,... More >>

  • Vader

    published November 17, 2005

    Vader? I thought you said Veda, that chirpy adult pop band that sounds like Cocteau Twins if they left the reverb pots alone and stopped being so... More >>

  • Clumsy Lovers

    published November 17, 2005

    People who bewail shiny, happy new country music but don't wanna water down their beer with tears should check out this Vancouver quintet, which... More >>

  • Chica

    published November 10, 2005

    When taking stock of all the things we don't have in Arizona (seasons; a caring, compassionate sheriff; viable New York pizza; etc.), you can... More >>

  • The Black Moods

    published November 10, 2005

    The Black Moods deliver powerful music with a positive message, but only if you like your cock rock mixed with kick-rock. On the band's... More >>

  • Daughters of Fission

    published November 10, 2005

    Maybe I'm shallow, but I'm still waiting for a band called Daughters of Fission that's four women with Coke-bottle eyeglasses and hair up... More >>

  • Page the Village Idiot

    published November 10, 2005

    Tempe one-man band Page the Village Idiot has been hosting Monday nights at Hollywood Alley forever, so I'm trusting you're quasi-familiar... More >>

  • Eijay

    published November 10, 2005

    Smooth-voiced R&B singer Eijay (pronounced A-J) is a rare breed -- in his credits, he thanks "the haters for breaking into my studio and... More >>

  • Metric

    published November 3, 2005

    Everyone from Alec Baldwin and Eddie Vedder to film director Robert Altman threatened to leave the country if George W. Bush was elected, but only... More >>

  • Lydia

    published November 3, 2005

    It's probably bad form to mention CD artwork before the music, sort of like extolling the virtues of a blind date's winning personality, but the... More >>

  • For the Record

    published October 27, 2005

    While the record industry keeps wailing the lost-revenue blues, Tracks in Wax, Central Avenue's used and collectible records mainstay since... More >>

  • Blessed Resurrected

    published October 27, 2005

    When somebody tells you that his new album is divided into four musical acts with Roman numerals and movements, well, you run, quite frankly. But... More >>

  • Haggis

    published October 27, 2005

    On April 13, 2003, two-time New Times Music Showcase "Best Pop Band" winner Haggis found itself nominated in the "Most Entertaining Live... More >>

  • VIP Treatment

    published October 13, 2005

    If you were a Phoenician and a Beatlemaniac between 1964 and 1966, you had your choice of venues to see the Fab Four: the Convention Center in Las... More >>

  • Fear Before the March of Flames

    published October 13, 2005

    With caterwaulin' wanna-beasts everywhere you look, it's hard to know where real hardcore ends and mainstream screaming begins. But judging by the... More >>

  • Iron & Wine/Calexico

    published October 13, 2005

    Iron and Wine isn't an "it," but a "he" -- one Samuel Beam, a Floridian who was discovered by Sub Pop via his introverted lo-fi bedroom tapes. His... More >>

  • Lyrics Born

    published October 13, 2005

    If you end a sentence containing the phrase "Asian American hip-hopper" with a question mark, you probably haven't heard of Tom Shimura, formerly... More >>

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