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2005 Stories by Serene Dominic

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  • Red Hot Bluegirl

    published June 30, 2005

    7/1-7/30 While typecast TV stars have quotation-marked middle names for faster recognition -- witness Jaleel "Urkel" White -- it's... More >>

  • New discs from local artists

    published June 23, 2005

    It used to be that the most ironic thing in my music collection was my LP of A-Tom-ic Jones, with the swivel-hipped singer posing in front... More >>

  • Digable Planets

    published June 23, 2005

    It wasn't a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup moment when this Brooklyn trio learned they could merge cool jazz, poetry and rap into a desirable package... More >>

  • Bad Stain Records 10 Year Anniversary

    published June 16, 2005

    It's not exactly party-crashing if you don't know Chase Stain or the local record label he's been running for the past decade, but if it makes you... More >>

  • The Jessica Fletchers, Dressy Bessy, Hot IQs

    published June 16, 2005

    This is an essential night out for fans of raffish, infectious, congenial and, yes, fun pop music. All the way from Oslo, you've got '60s... More >>

  • Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter

    published June 16, 2005

    There are a lot of ex-smokers in the world, judging by the testimonials on Amazon.com regarding Jesse Sykes'... More >>

  • The Best Damn Rap Tour

    published June 16, 2005

    No disrespect for co-headliners J-Live and Vast Aire (of Cannibal Ox), but the star attraction and the recipient of any spare ice backstage has to... More >>

  • DiG! (DVD)

    published June 9, 2005

    Everybody loves to see a good bitch-slapping, and the expanded DVD version of this Sundance Award-winning documentary on two friendly bands turned... More >>

  • Summer Clubbin'

    published June 2, 2005

    When I migrated here from New York, I hadn't counted on how near impossible it would be to put a band together and keep it focused during the hot... More >>

  • Atllas

    published May 26, 2005

    You'd think having the biggest-selling local CD in 2003, The King of AZ, would have this MC resting on his braggadocio. But it's 2005, and... More >>

  • Charlie Musselwhite

    published May 5, 2005

    If only Sam Phillips had said, "If I could find me a white boy who could play harp like Muddy Waters," rock history might've taken a different... More >>

  • Latest PHX Dish

    published May 5, 2005

    Here's how our local music scene works: For some inexplicable reason, during the early winter months when we're enjoying our best climate, not a... More >>

  • Opiate for the Masses

    published May 5, 2005

    A textbook case on how to do everything the suitable way, Opiate is finally coming out with a full-length on its own terms -- on its own imprint... More >>

  • Heatstroke

    published May 5, 2005

    This Phoenix rapper's all-caps fact sheet states that he's got "A THREE HUNDRED SONG CATALOG WITH HEATSTROKE CREATING OVER... More >>

  • Fine China

    published May 5, 2005

    The first thing you'll say when you see the band shot on this CD is, "These guys need more sleep and less makeup." Then you'll slip on Fine... More >>

  • Downward Dog

    published May 5, 2005

    I must say I had fun listening to this record, but not in the way that its creators may have intended. However much hearing Tori Amos changed... More >>

  • Blue Fur

    published May 5, 2005

    It should be noted that Blue Fur came in as a finalist against winners Downward Dog in a KALT Battle of the Bands, and similarly, this band seems... More >>

  • Ben Araiza

    published May 5, 2005

    A former break-dancing teen turned singer-songwriter from Watsonville, California? Can't wait for the video. Not sure what brings him to the... More >>

  • Dramarama

    published April 28, 2005

    If your short memory of this group begins and ends with its alt-rock-before-it-was-alt-rock hit "Anything Anything (I'll Give You)," you're in... More >>

  • From Ashes Rise

    published April 21, 2005

    You wonder how being on a wimpozoid emo label like Jade Tree sits with these Tennessee-via-Portland hardcore erupters -- and vice versa, where... More >>

  • Johnny Rivers

    published April 14, 2005

    Things to think about next time you toe-tap to "Seventh Son": Johnny Rivers, whose last hit was "Swayin' to the Music (Slow Dancin')" in 1977,... More >>

  • April Shouters

    published March 31, 2005

    T.S. Eliot dubbed April "the cruelest month," but even The Waste Land neglected to point out that National Humor and National... More >>

  • Plain White T's

    published March 24, 2005

    A brand-new band doesn't usually wait a couple of years to follow up a debut, unless we're talking about Audioslave or some other aggregation... More >>

  • Mono

    published March 17, 2005

    If you think this is a reunion of the U.K. Mono-monikered band that won trip-hop infamy with Formica Blues in the '90s, forget it. But... More >>

  • Aqui

    published March 10, 2005

    Yikes, what hath the Darkness wrought? It was only a matter of time before you'd want hammy operatic shrieking delivered by a chick who could... More >>

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