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2005 Stories by Michael Alan Goldberg

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  • The Hanukkah Songs

    published December 22, 2005

    In an unfortunate confluence of the Hebrew and Christian calendars, Hanukkah begins at sundown December 25, which means that we Jews will have to... More >>

  • The Other Xiu Drops

    published December 1, 2005

    For a leading indie-rock miserablist, Jamie Stewart possesses one of the heartiest, most boisterous laughs you're ever likely to hear. The... More >>

  • Sinéad O'Connor

    published November 17, 2005

    In what will inevitably go down as one of 2005's most unlikely collaborations, Irish songstress Sinéad O'Connor teamed up with legendary... More >>

  • The Passion of the Bono

    published November 10, 2005

    Go ahead — roll your eyes at Bono's persistent messianic complex. But maybe the guy's got good reason to think he's bigger than Jesus. Don't... More >>

  • Coheed and Cambria

    published October 27, 2005

    Coheed and Cambria's latest, Good Apollo, I'm Burning Star IV, Vol. 1: From Fear Through the Eyes of Madness, is just the latest in a... More >>

  • Jelly Roll Morton

    published October 13, 2005

    While New Orleans works to rebuild itself, one of its most legendary sons — Ferdinand "Jelly Roll" Morton, who was among the primary... More >>

  • Ska Is Dead 3

    published September 29, 2005

    Earlier this year it was revealed that pre-Bravery, singer Sam Endicott had played in a ska band called Skabba the Hutt, and judging by the hit... More >>

  • Black Sheep

    published September 15, 2005

    One can look back on the early Nineties Native Tongues hip-hop movement much like one would regard the Miami Heat roster these days: Y'know, ya... More >>

  • Warped World

    published August 4, 2005

    7:41 a.m. Get a wake-up call from my fourteen-year-old nephew, Jeremy, whom I'm taking to his very first Warped Tour. He asks to borrow my... More >>

  • Bob Mould

    published July 28, 2005

    When long-feuding Hüsker Dü vets Bob Mould and Grant Hart took to a Minneapolis stage together this past October to play two of their... More >>

  • Sleater-Kinney

    published May 26, 2005

    Nearly every song that falls in The Woods -- Portland, Oregon trio Sleater-Kinney's departure of a seventh album -- creates one hell of a... More >>

  • Z-Trip

    published April 21, 2005

    DJ Z-Trip's proper debut album tips a Kangol to hip-hop and electro pioneers but lacks the imagination to push those lessons forward, so it's up... More >>

  • Iron & Wine

    published February 24, 2005

    This one's dedicated to the ladies, but you'll never confuse bearded folk bard Sam Beam (a.k.a. Iron & Wine) for, say, R. Kelly or Usher. On this... More >>

  • The Toasters

    published February 3, 2005

    Finally, a reason to break out those checkerboard creepers that have been gathering dust in the back of your closet since the mid-Nineties... More >>

  • Cattle Decapitation

    published January 20, 2005

    Man, how amazingly cool would it be to learn that an outfit named Cattle Decapitation is actually a Celine Dion tribute act? The gory reality is... More >>

  • The Explosion

    published January 13, 2005

    Let's eliminate any potential confusion right off the top: The Explosion is not the Blues Explosion. Besides, The Explosion couldn't be... More >>

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