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  • Pledge Ingenious

    published December 5, 2001

    Way back in the early '90s, during America's last War on Evil (also spearheaded by a Bush, for you trivia buffs), graphic artist Art Chantry... More >>

  • Weezer with Tenacious D and Jimmy Eat World

    published November 28, 2001

    The scene: the cafeteria of a typical suburban high school, 1988. The camera pulls in close on a young Rivers Cuomo, a sensitive, frail, artistic... More >>

  • Slayer

    published November 21, 2001

    "Heavy metal is the last big burp of Christianity," said Anton LaVey. If the Black Pope was correct -- and why wouldn't he be, having been closer... More >>

  • Fugazi

    published November 14, 2001

    "This country was built by complainers, wasn't it?" Mike Watt asked in the liner notes to the Minutemen's classic Ballot Result, and he was... More >>

  • Hatchet Job

    published October 31, 2001

    Previous experience has taught us that honesty in reviewing local musical offerings is not always appreciated and is, in fact, usually met with... More >>

  • Terrible Beauty

    published October 17, 2001

    Iggy Pop performs on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Pageant. More >>

  • Butthole Surfers

    published October 10, 2001

    The Butthole Surfers have finally made the most perverse, offensive album of their blasphemous career. This is not a good thing. Weird... More >>

  • Mike Watt and the Tom and Jerry Show with Cobra Verde and Sound of Urchin.

    published September 19, 2001

    Mike Watt here. Where? Incommunicado. Yeah, not on the radio. Lifetime in the van, lifetime on the lam, lifeline runs through too many... More >>

  • Rollins Band

    published September 5, 2001

    FROM: TO: R.A.G.E. Server SUBJECT: Rollins Band show at the Pageant THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: My muscles... More >>

  • Samhain

    published August 22, 2001

    Ahh, Samhain. Birthed from the unholy coupling of the Misfits' horror-punk and Glenn Danzig's self-proclaimed "better understanding of the world,"... More >>

  • The Mellowfeathers with Brick Bat and the French New Wave

    published July 25, 2001

    Skateboarding and punk rock have a mutual history as tangled, sweaty and bombastic as a pair of masked Mexican wrestlers locked in a grudge match.... More >>

  • Frequent Flier

    published July 18, 2001

    If you've lived in the St. Louis metro area for any length of time, you've seen the less-than subtle fliers made by the Conformists. You know the... More >>

  • Tool

    published June 20, 2001

    Having completed their fourth album, Silence (clocking in at a Crowleyan five years in length), Tool return with their Blue Equinox,... More >>

  • Wylde At Heart

    published June 13, 2001

    Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. -- John Milton The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do,... More >>

  • Reverend Horton Heat

    published May 30, 2001

    You can take the hustler out of the pool hall, but you can't take the pool hall out of the hustler. The Reverend Horton Heat may be a man... More >>

  • The 2001 RFT Slammies

    published May 16, 2001

    Artist of the Year -- Nelly Recording of the Year -- Country Grammar Best Rap Artist -- Nelly We abased ourselves to... More >>

  • Champing at the Bit

    published May 9, 2001

    The Fucking Champs, as the name oh-so-subtly implies, is not a band that minces words. In fact, they rarely use words. Of the 37 songs on their... More >>

  • Morning Has Broken

    published April 25, 2001

    How many times, through the ages, will the sublime drama we are creating be performed in unknown tongues, before an audience which is yet to be!"... More >>

  • The Pixies

    published April 18, 2001

    The Pixies is one of those bands rock & roll seems incapable of replicating. Formed in the post-punk, post-new wave, pre-grunge '80s, the group... More >>

  • Sepultura

    published April 11, 2001

    The acid test for any heavy-metal album is its ability to incapacitate the listener. If it's any good, you should be unable to do anything except... More >>

  • Soulfly

    published April 4, 2001

    Soulfly is what religious music should be: not the insipid platitudes and mealy-mouthed devotions favored by mainstream Christian pop but,... More >>

  • BIGdumbFACE with El Greco

    published March 28, 2001

    Right up front: The only reason anyone in the world could possibly care about the BIGdumbFACE is because it is the work of one of the dopes... More >>

  • Jonathan Richman

    published March 21, 2001

    In answer to the unasked question, yes, Jonathan Richman, "rock's wonderfully eccentric craftsman," is the same slightly bemused-looking... More >>

  • J Mascis and the Fog

    published March 21, 2001

    Attention, indie-rock nation: On March 26, you should sleep later than usual, start the afternoon with a big bowl of cereal, follow it up... More >>

  • Hard Volume

    published March 21, 2001

    "Sellout Motherfucker of the Year: Henry Rollins." That was the judgment handed down by the editors of Thrasher magazine a few years back.... More >>

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