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2004 Stories by Michael Alan Goldberg

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  • Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

    published October 28, 2004

    How do you like your religion served up? Raining blood and lakes of hellfire, or lambs and lions idling side by side in the green grass? Your... More >>

  • Deep Space

    published October 21, 2004

    From a strictly visual standpoint, Laurie Anderson is on a simplicity kick these days. For the bulk of her nearly 30-year career, the famed New... More >>

  • Elliott Smith

    published October 21, 2004

    Around this time last year, police detectives were examining the body of 34-year-old Elliott Smith and scouring the Los Angeles apartment the... More >>

  • Jimmy Eat World

    published October 21, 2004

    Jimmy Eat World's hook-happy brand of emo rock has always sounded polished and accessible, yet as their fourth album proves, the Phoenix foursome... More >>

  • Rilo Kiley

    published October 14, 2004

    More Adventurous -- it's not just the title of Rilo Kiley's terrific new album; it's a mission statement. The Los Angeles quartet... More >>

  • Prodigy

    published September 16, 2004

    No more Chinese Democracy jokes -- the long promised follow-up to the Prodigy's 1997 breakthrough The Fat of the Land has finally... More >>

  • Hot Water Music

    published September 16, 2004

    "Mature" and "polished:" two words that strike fear into the hearts of hardcore fans when used to describe their favorite group's newest efforts.... More >>

  • Snow Patrol

    published September 2, 2004

    Ladies and gentlemen, introducing Snow Patrol, an alternative for those of you put off by Chris Martin's floppy Muppet histrionics and... More >>

  • Punkland

    published July 29, 2004

    In 1995, Timothy McVeigh blew up an Oklahoma City federal building; umpteen thousands were slaughtered in Bosnia and Rwanda; O.J. Simpson was... More >>

  • All Aboard!

    published July 15, 2004

    "You get, you get, you get what you put in." Those are the impassioned first words that pour out of vocalist Keeley Davis's mouth on "Rogue,"... More >>

  • Thermo Dynamics

    published July 8, 2004

    Although I slept through my freshman microeconomics course far more than I attended it, and thus am hardly an expert in such matters, I believe a... More >>

  • DJ Shadow

    published June 17, 2004

    There are tons of great DJ Shadow concert bootlegs floating around out there on disc and vinyl, but the stunning clarity and seamlessly mixed... More >>

  • Midlake

    published June 10, 2004

    Midlake comprises five guys from Denton, Texas who sound like they've been shipwrecked on a deserted island for a couple of years with only a... More >>

  • Pedro the Lion

    published May 27, 2004

    Several years ago, U2 singer Bono told Rolling Stone magazine about a visit he and bassist Adam Clayton once made to the home of fellow... More >>

  • Dios

    published April 22, 2004

    There's a wondrous duality to the Southern California coastline. In the daytime, it's a carefree paradise of sand, surf, rays, and an endless loop... More >>

  • Catching Up with Depeche Mode

    published April 15, 2004

    Under most circumstances, the notion of six box sets -- for a grand total of 36 discs, 245 tracks, and a shade under 23 hours of music --... More >>

  • Mocean Worker

    published April 15, 2004

    There are two criticisms frequently leveled at the current jazz scene: The musicians are too slick and averse to risk, and the industry is... More >>

  • The Vines

    published March 25, 2004

    It was so easy to despise the Vines when they emerged like creatures from the garage lagoon back in 2002 with Highly Evolved. The... More >>

  • Blonde Redhead

    published March 18, 2004

    Goodbye skronky art-noise, hello lush dream-pop! Such a makeover worked wonders for Mercury Rev, and now Blonde Redhead has fully embraced its... More >>

  • Makeshift Patriot

    published February 12, 2004

    Apparently there's a standing offer of one million dollars from the Clay Mathematics Institute in Boston to anyone who can solve the... More >>

  • The Missing Piece

    published January 8, 2004

    The late, great Shel Silverstein was celebrated for his children's books (The Giving Tree, A Light in the Attic), but he also... More >>

  • Exodus

    published January 1, 2004

    The first question that pops into mind when considering the inaugural Jam Cruise: Why book fifteen jam band acts? Despite the presence of Disco... More >>

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