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2001 Stories by Niles Baranowski

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  • Pigface with Gravity Kills

    published December 12, 2001

    If you're anybody in industrial music, chances are, you've punched the clock for Pigface (pictured) at some point. The revolving-door... More >>

  • Garbage

    published October 31, 2001

    What the hell happened to Butch Vig? Ten years ago, you couldn't have overestimated his influence or abilities. He produced not only Nirvana's... More >>

  • Tori Amos with Rufus Wainwright

    published October 24, 2001

    On her new album, Strange Little Girls, Tori Amos covers songs that male songwriters (ranging from Joe Jackson to Eminem) have... More >>

  • Tricky with Tool

    published October 17, 2001

    After grunge and before prefab pop, there was a brief interlude of something historians refer to as trip-hop. The ancient among you may remember... More >>

  • Firewater

    published October 3, 2001

    Make your own guesses about Firewater's setlist, but there's one song sure to be conspicuously absent from the band's sleazy, uncomfortably... More >>

  • Jimmy Eat World

    published September 12, 2001

    It's been about three years since Jimmy Eat World released an original album, and in that time they've changed labels, released a rarities... More >>

  • Potomac Accord, the Julia Sets and the Mouse That Roared

    published August 22, 2001

    The Pageant may be St. Louis' most lauded new concert hall, but it's the little things that keep life interesting. And the littlest new venue in... More >>

  • Rebel, Rebel

    published August 15, 2001

    Like any proper rock star, singer/guitarist Peter Hayes of the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club is drugged up and dogged by vicious hallucinations --... More >>

  • O.A.R. and the Baldwin Brothers

    published August 15, 2001

    Unlike the Bacon Brothers, you won't find the Baldwin Brothers spooning up perfunctory bar rock; nor will you find any screen idols in the... More >>

  • Travis

    published August 1, 2001

    Can a happy song bring you to tears? Is beauty stronger than force? If you've forgotten that either question sometimes elicits a "yes," The... More >>

  • Gorillaz

    published June 27, 2001

    In this age of Popstars and Making the Band, the idea of a fully manufactured pop group is hardly a windmill to tilt against. A... More >>

  • Depeche Mode

    published June 13, 2001

    Their name may mean "hurry-up style," but there hasn't been a whole lot of speed in Depeche Mode's music since 1991's Violator. Barring... More >>

  • Brave Neu! World

    published May 30, 2001

    For a band whose albums have never been released outside Germany, Neu! cast a disproportionately long shadow over modern music. The gliding pulse... More >>

  • Hefner

    published May 23, 2001

    Hefner write songs like the ones Billy Bragg did before he became a medium for Woody Guthrie: simple, catchy and fueled by the tension between sex... More >>

  • Cousteau

    published May 9, 2001

    No offense to Nick Drake, but isn't it time to give another neglected singer/songwriter a turn in the chair? How about a few Saab ads for Tim... More >>

  • Dave Matthews Band

    published May 2, 2001

    How nice a guy is Dave Matthews? So nice that he'll even cut an album for his nonbelievers. His career wasn't floundering, or his cult waning,... More >>

  • Sound of Satellites

    published April 18, 2001

    Rhett Miller, singer and guitarist for the Old 97's, seems awfully calm for a man about to start 10 weeks of American touring for what may be his... More >>

  • Black Box Recorder

    published April 18, 2001

    "Life is unfair; kill yourself or get over it" went the chorus to Black Box Recorder's first single, "Child Psychology." The first option is as... More >>

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