By Michael McCall Photo by Michael Alan GoldbergTwo young blondes with toothy smiles and hard-core work ethics, Taylor Swift and Carrie Underwood, helped country expand its fan base in these years of shrinking music sales. Meanwhile, Kenny Chesney, Rascal Flatts, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Tim McGraw ... More >>
By Chris Gray It's time to rank the best of what went around and came around again. BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Columbia/Legacy) As punk and disco exploded, the Piano Man's deeply unhip 1978 breakthrough proved that top-shelf Broadway/Brill Building songwriting could still sell - and, occasionally, ... More >>
Locals find national success – despite a lack of Valley interest
2002 spent the year in a 9/11 hangover. Through the confusion, notable and amazing works still arose
Believe the hype, because The Strokes are as good as advertised
Recharged with a new rhythm section, an ever-ready Nine Volt returns
Music critics reveal their deepest, darkest record-buying secrets in New Times' annual poll
Merle Haggard makes a triumphant return. Wait -- he never went away.
Philly kids Marah mine the sights and sounds of their hometown for a brilliant sophomore effort
Local songstress gets ready to do business with the high and mighty
Trashman dreams of Genie, but he never shows
For Jesus Chrysler Supercar and Windigo, breaking up is hard to do -- unless you're partying with the Me So Horny girls
Kool Keith and his multiple aliases take listeners on a real warped tour
After more than two years of turmoil, Roger Clyne emerges scarred but undeterred with a new band and double album
Elvis Costello's recent collaboration with Burt Bacharach restores order to his maddening decade
Face it, you don't really know what the Everly Brothers have been doing all these years, do you, Bird Dog?
The Valley's best drummer is moving to Boston, and a handful of bands are feeling the crunch
Being good wasn't always easy, but seven Dusty Springfield reissues prove that "the White Negress" never settled for less than great
The boxed-set dilemma: When are four CDs too little and three CDs too much respect?
Sleepwalker's Jamal Ruhe vents his aggressive side with new band Yearofthemule
Does The Heat stand a chance before the state liquor board?
Tempe power trio proves that it really is a fine line between clever and stupid
The sudden demise of Zia founder Brad Singer shakes the local music community he helped to build
April 16 - 22, 1998
Confused agenda of SXSW can't obscure the many musical highlights
It's the end of the world as we know it, and Puck is master of ceremonies
Johnny Cash may be just a legend, but he has never sounded better
Some old-school Valley hackers grew up to be high-tech cat burglars. Some went to work for the man. Some just never grew up.
Peter Buck goes West with Eitzel, Middle Eastern with Tuatara, and everywhere else with Minus 5
Thirty years after ska was born in Jamaica, its prospects in the U.S. have never looked better, thanks in part to Toasters founder Rob "Bucket" Hingley
AUSTIN OUTLAW WALKER HITS THE ROAD. AGAIN.
BO CAME UP WITH THE BEAT, BUT HE DIDN'T GET THE BUCKS. NOW HE'S GOT A DREAM.