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2004 Stories by Niles Baranowski

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  • Wolf Eyes

    published November 3, 2004

    The twin demons of happy and catchy loom large over the world of indie rock, so it's been a while since we've had a blast of pure evil like... More >>

  • Prints Charming

    published September 29, 2004

    The art of printmaking, the novice is quick to learn, does not just live in conversations about Johann Gutenberg and the art of the frontispiece... More >>

  • Who's the Cos?

    published August 18, 2004

    Bill Cosby: man, comedian, legend SUN 8/22 So, um, Bill Cosby. Yeah. What the hell was that all... More >>

  • The Bands of Summer

    published May 26, 2004

    Why do summer and live music go together so well? Maybe because it's the best time to be in a band. Between the energy of outdoor shows and the... More >>

  • The Big Bang...

    published May 5, 2004

    Was there ever a time when all was still, when not a single thing moved? Before conscious life, there was movement. In the time before mountains,... More >>

  • Monk Business

    published April 21, 2004

    And you thought it took patience to sit through the rush-hour traffic on Highway 40. On Friday, April 23, a group of monks from Tibet's... More >>

  • Never the Twain Shall Meet

    published April 21, 2004

    WED 4/21 Take the curious case of Solomon Carver. A contemporary of Mark Twain, this noted satirist suffered from a particularly... More >>

  • Let's Go to the Hop

    published March 24, 2004

    FRI 3/26 We're at a weird moment in pop history when the underground is as much fun as the pop... More >>

  • Would You Like Dolmas With That?

    published March 17, 2004

    You've seen the signs on parish lawns and thought, "What's up with those Catholics and their Friday fish fries? I'm not Catholic, religious or... More >>

  • Electrelane

    published March 17, 2004

    It's easy to imagine Electrelane as the bad seeds that Stereolab keeps locked up in the basement. While most of the modern Kraut-rock... More >>

  • If You Can't Put Down the Hose...

    published March 10, 2004

    As far back as 1620, Middle Eastern men and women have enjoyed smoking fruit-flavored tobacco through water pipes, or hookahs, in tandem with... More >>

  • Purl of Wisdom

    published March 10, 2004

    Is crafting the new thrift-store shopping? As high prices and tacky reproductions water down the appeal of vintage clothes, the only way to... More >>

  • And the Winner Is

    published February 25, 2004

    SUN 2/29 Seventy-five years ago, the Motion Picture Academy didn't think a movie star holding a statue of an angular bald man while... More >>

  • Pow!

    published February 25, 2004

    Editor's note: A correction ran concerning this story; see end of article. Art. What is it good for? You go to the museum and... More >>

  • Pipe Club

    published February 18, 2004

    Could there possibly be an accessory as distinguishing as a pipe? It doesn't just say you're suave; it says you're discriminating. You don't take... More >>

  • Mountain Goats

    published February 18, 2004

    Bitter, critically panned rockers such as Kiss should be very, very afraid of John Darnielle. While these has-beens love to sneer at rock critics... More >>

  • Top Secret!

    published February 11, 2004

    Ever walk out of a movie and think, "I guess that was all right, but it wasn't what I expected"? Thanks to movie reviews, "buzz" and well-meaning... More >>

  • Un-Cabaret's Ripping Yarns

    published February 11, 2004

    SAT 2/14 Un-Cabaret founder and comedian Beth Lapides says that one of the most memorable moments in the show's history... More >>

  • Bobcat at Rest

    published February 4, 2004

    You might not see Bobcat Goldthwait as often as you did during his '80s heyday, when he starred in Police Academy 2 and other high-concept... More >>

  • Wheat

    published February 4, 2004

    You probably weren't looking for a bridge between the Flaming Lips and Train, but Wheat has graced your life with it anyway on Per... More >>

  • African-American Idol

    published January 28, 2004

    FRI 1/30 Black History Month meets American Idol at the St. Louis County Library! As part of the kickoff of the library's annual... More >>

  • Decibully

    published January 28, 2004

    As pop-punk makes increasing inroads with the kids, it should be a sign to the elders of the genre that it's time to get out of the pool. It... More >>

  • Ani DiFranco

    published January 28, 2004

    For her thirteenth studio album, Ani DiFranco purges all the excesses of her last seven years. Gone are the increasingly watery forays into funk,... More >>

  • Peripatetic Aesthetic

    published January 21, 2004

    FRI 1/23 If the greatness of art is measured by how much it moves you, then the ArtDTour is art's finest moment. Unlike your standard... More >>

  • Science + Art =

    published January 14, 2004

    FRI 1/16 In high school, science classes were typically taught by someone unfortunate in the social-skills sphere but quite gifted in... More >>

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