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  • Black Tie Affair

    published December 28, 2005

    Black Tie Affair is dead, long live Black Tie Affair! The California-based band that originated this apparently irresistible moniker called... More >>

  • Hello, Cleveland!

    published December 7, 2005

    Originally a corset-clad trio with a costumed cult following, Rasputina has expanded its horizons. It now employs a male drummer (Jonathon... More >>

  • A Life Once Lost

    published December 7, 2005

    Pantera was once the world's loudest boogie-blues band, unleashing monstrous Southern-fried grooves like Lynyrd Skynyrd's vengeful ghosts. Like a... More >>

  • Hewhocorrupts

    published November 23, 2005

    Even in their Black Album-era commercial prime, Metallica's members resembled tractor-pull enthusiasts, an aesthetic choice that allowed... More >>

  • Most Precious Blood

    published November 23, 2005

    A hardcore group with heart, Most Precious Blood co-headlined last year's Compassion over Fashion tour, which promoted PETA and other... More >>

  • Converge

    published November 9, 2005

    Much as Faith No More unwittingly inspired the rap-metal movement with "Epic," Converge produced some unexpected offspring when it merged... More >>

  • Danse Macabre

    published November 2, 2005

    Like faded postcards of watercolor scenes scrawled over with words of longing, Athens, Georgia's Phosphorescent maps inner and outer landscapes... More >>

  • I Am Kloot

    published October 26, 2005

    John Bramwell's Mancunian accent recalls his countrymen in the English band James, without that act's melodramatics or range. During acoustic... More >>

  • The Immortal Lee County Killers

    published October 26, 2005

    Hailing from Alabama, the Immortal Lee County Killers have the blues running through their veins like red-clay-tinted water trickling... More >>

  • Every Time I Die

    published October 19, 2005

    Every Time I Die is ostensibly a hardcore band: Witness its mortality-referencing moniker and the slow-down segments it serves, in strict... More >>

  • Against Me!

    published October 12, 2005

    Against Me! albums contain enough passionately strummed acoustic guitars and populist elements (handclaps and shout-along slogans) to stock an... More >>

  • Madball

    published September 28, 2005

    Madballs -- miniature versions of gore-damaged, slime-splattered heads -- were part of the mid-'80s grotesquerie craze that spawned the Garbage... More >>

  • You've Got a Friend

    published August 31, 2005

    Yes, the Gentleman Callers' brand of garage rock draws heavily from the soul, R&B and blues sounds that inspired the original '60s beat groups.... More >>

  • Sparland | Building Rome

    published August 31, 2005

    Warped Tour needs new blood. This year's collection of pitiful whiners, ill-advised side-projects and washed-up '90s also-rans turned what was... More >>

  • Curl Up and Die

    published August 31, 2005

    Curl Up and Die's verbose song titles convey optimism ("I Don't Give a Shit If I'm in Outer Darkness, I'll Make Friends") and utilize corny... More >>

  • Knights in White Satin

    published August 24, 2005

    It's as plain as a Meg White beat -- White Stripes vocalist/guitarist Jack White is clearly auditioning to become the next Dr. Who! Let's look at... More >>

  • Mudvayne

    published August 24, 2005

    Few bands get as little credit for compositional complexity as Mudvayne -- perhaps because the band once sported cosmic cosmetics and... More >>

  • Fightin' Femmes

    published August 17, 2005

    It's a shame that the Clash's Joe Strummer -- who was famous for singing "I'm all lost in the supermarket/I can no longer shop happily" -- didn't... More >>

  • Winter Solstice

    published August 10, 2005

    The winter solstice, December 21, marks the darkest day of the year. This alone makes Winter Solstice an ideal metal moniker, but... More >>

  • The Aquabats

    published August 10, 2005

    A decade ago, wacky ska preceded bling-bling rap as an ostentatiously decadent musical movement. With choreographed horn sections inflating their... More >>

  • Good Advices

    published August 3, 2005

    An Angle at the Hi-Pointe, 1001 McCausland Avenue. Doors open at 7 p.m. Thursday, August 4. Tickets are $9; call 314-781-4716 for more information. More >>

  • Reel Big Fish

    published August 3, 2005

    Reel Big Fish fired a pre-emptive strike with its 1997 single, "Sell Out." The hero of this smart, cynical tune has his doubts about... More >>

  • In Flames and Arch Enemy

    published July 27, 2005

    To aggro-music outsiders, In Flames' latest albums might be virtually indistinguishable from its early work; both eras emphasize heavy... More >>

  • Don't Stop Believing

    published July 20, 2005

    It ain't easy being Journey. In an age where irony is an essential bit of cultural currency, the mulleted head of Journey has been perpetually on... More >>

  • Darkest Hour

    published July 13, 2005

    Darkest Hour, which blends thrash riffs with crusty political punk, made good on its signature Bush-basher threat by relocating to a... More >>

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