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2003 Stories by Michael Alan Goldberg

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  • Heather Duby

    published December 18, 2003

    Heather Duby's 1999 debut, Post to Wire, is still a splendid listening experience. On it the Seattle songstress used her remarkable voice... More >>

  • Anjali

    published December 18, 2003

    The World of Lady A -- British-born chanteuse Anjali Bathia -- is a deliciously decadent dimension where Russ Meyer directs James Bond... More >>

  • Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros

    published November 13, 2003

    After more than a decade of relative silence following the dissolution of the Clash, the iconic singer-guitarist formed a new rock and roll... More >>

  • Under the Radar

    published November 13, 2003

    All Mike Errico needs is a little luck for his brand of alternative folk-pop to finally reach the lofty commercial heights of Dave Matthews and... More >>

  • Laika

    published November 6, 2003

    In space, no one can hear you scream, so you might as well chill the fuck out. That's been the modus operandi of London's Laika, named after the... More >>

  • Endnote

    published October 30, 2003

    Dear Frank Black (or is it Black Francis again?), Kim Deal, Joey Santiago, and David Lovering: I love you. Or rather, I did love you. Or, I... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published October 16, 2003

    Every year a ragtag caravan of musicians speeds through the California wasteland, kicking up a cloud of sand as it heads toward its remote,... More >>

  • Blues All Around Me

    published September 25, 2003

    Countless historians and critics have tried to write the consummate definition of blues music, but B.B. King may have put it best in his 1996... More >>

  • Beat Down Sound

    published September 25, 2003

    Here's three foolproof ways to bug out your senses and get your heart pounding so hard it threatens to violently eject itself from your rib cage:... More >>

  • Codebase

    published September 11, 2003

    Electronic music has evolved and splintered into about a million subgenres since Karlheinz Stockhausen started messing around with wires and... More >>

  • Dave Derby

    published September 4, 2003

    Some of you may know Dave Derby as the voice of the criminally underappreciated Nineties altrockers Dambuilders. After that Boston quartet split... More >>

  • Client

    published August 28, 2003

    Think of electroclash as the NASDAQ tech sector circa spring 2000, when it crashed and burned once the astounding hype finally subsided. Now think... More >>

  • Into the Woods

    published August 21, 2003

    In preparation for their sophomore album, Loses Control, the four members of Hey Mercedes spent a couple of weeks last year at punk-rock... More >>

  • The Constantines

    published August 21, 2003

    Try to hear this unlikely musical encounter in your head: Shane MacGowan, possessed by the ghost of Joe Strummer and twenty pints of Guinness,... More >>

  • Surf's Up!

    published August 14, 2003

    You would be hard-pressed to find a genre besides instrumental surf music that can paint such vivid pictures in the mind's eye. It doesn't take... More >>

  • Back in the Saddle

    published July 31, 2003

    Like a paunchy, aging executive trying to wedge into the ripped jeans, band T-shirt, and Chuck Taylors of his college days, the return of... More >>

  • Punk Paradise

    published July 24, 2003

    Going to the Vans Warped tour is like taking a trip to Taco Bell: It's cheap, there's dozens of configurations of essentially the same... More >>

  • Super Furry Animals

    published July 17, 2003

    For nearly a decade the inventive Welsh quintet Super Furry Animals has been chomping on the tenets of prog and psychedelia while gleefully... More >>

  • Tinderbox Hearts

    published July 3, 2003

    From their formation in 1979 to their dissolution in 1997, the Cocteau Twins traveled far above the clouds and well below the radar. In Britain... More >>

  • Von Bondies

    published June 19, 2003

    Whether or not you're into garage rock there's one inescapable fact: It's meant to be encountered live in a seedy and disgusting dive, not on an... More >>

  • Britta Phillips and Dean Wareham

    published June 12, 2003

    Dean Wareham has been down this road before. Back in 1997, the Luna frontman and his then-wife, filmmaker Claudia Silver, recorded an odd little... More >>

  • Grandaddy

    published June 12, 2003

    Like a string of overhead power lines running endlessly across remote, rolling fields and tree-dotted hills, Grandaddy brings a current of New... More >>

  • Imaginary Places

    published June 5, 2003

    Like tumbling down a rabbit hole and finding yourself wandering dizzily through a strange, surreal new world, attending an Of Montreal show... More >>

  • Ex Models

    published May 29, 2003

    If you can imagine being straitjacketed and locked for a few days in a tiny white room illuminated by the harshest of fluorescent lighting while... More >>

  • Sleepless in Seattle

    published May 29, 2003

    Though they're named after a Smiths song (which in turn was named after a quote from Jack Kerouac's The Dharma Bums), Pretty Girls Make... More >>

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