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  • Sissy Spacek with Panicsville, Foamula and BMBM

    published December 18, 2002

    Sissy Spacek is not so much a band as an evolutionary step in the changing role of producer as it mutates from sedentary, knob-twiddling... More >>

  • New Bands From Old

    published December 11, 2002

    The supergroup is one of rock & roll's best innovations. Taking established talent and combining it with another acknowledged talent is a... More >>

  • Dead Meadow with the Sons of Shame

    published November 27, 2002

    Now that the leaves are mostly killed off and the afternoons have become long gray affairs with dark endings, it's the right time for the... More >>

  • Rockin' Leprechaun

    published November 20, 2002

    The last time Jonathan Richman came through town, an RFT writer who shall remain nameless concocted a complex theory about Richman's role... More >>

  • Darin Gray

    published November 6, 2002

    "Solo bass album" is the sort of phrase that induces tremors and mild nausea among rock fans. Who wants to hear a guy such as Billy Sheehan spank... More >>

  • High on Fire with Mushroomhead, Shadow's Fall and Avenged Sevenfold

    published November 6, 2002

    High on Fire comes from the other side of the holy mountain -- the dark side of the mountain. Guitarist Matt Pike used to bless the chalice... More >>

  • Non

    published October 30, 2002

    Children of the Black Sun is an elliptical journey, a brief, invigorating passage through one orbit of Boyd Rice's vision. It's an album... More >>

  • Sicbay Basics

    published October 16, 2002

    Subject: Dazzling Killmen "Killing Fever" seven-inch up for auction. Just put this on eBay tonight. Might take a while before you... More >>

  • Isis with Dälek and the Oxes

    published September 25, 2002

    In the superheated and hard-boiled math/metal parallel universe, Isis stands slightly ahead and to the side of its peers. Bands such as... More >>

  • Queens of the Stone Age with ... And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead and Peaches

    published September 18, 2002

    Imagine, if you will, a late-night visit from the shade of poor dead Brian Jones wherein he charges you with putting together a band to fight the... More >>

  • Phantomsmasher

    published September 11, 2002

    James Plotkin has earned his reputation as an innovative, brutal guitarist/bassist through his genre-bending work with Old Lady Drivers, Flux,... More >>

  • Deadsy with Taproot, Dredge and the 5th Element

    published September 4, 2002

    Why Deadsy? Why now? The answers to these and other esoteric questions are buried in the digitized philosophical treatise... More >>

  • Swans

    published August 21, 2002

    This is the sound of drowning in your own lungs. This is concussion and suffocation, the shambolic waste of the perpetual drunk thrashing... More >>

  • Gravity Killed

    published August 21, 2002

    After the resounding success of the last Black Ribbon Record Reviewing Panel (five letters to the editor, 80 percent of which were from bands... More >>

  • Ozzfest 2002

    published August 14, 2002

    In the space of two albums, System of a Down has emerged as the most challenging and dynamic metal band since Sepultura broke through with... More >>

  • St. Losers

    published July 17, 2002

    And so to put the punchline before the joke, to douse all hopes before they can be aroused by 1,200 words of purply praising prose, Lee Ranaldo --... More >>

  • Oops, They Did It Again

    published July 10, 2002

    And then, when all hope left the East Side, when it seemed St. Louis would be forevermore a haven to garage/alt-country/rockabilly/bling-bling,... More >>

  • Kittie with Poison the Well, Shadows Fall, Killswitch Engage and Hotwire

    published July 3, 2002

    Heavy metal has a long and ignoble tradition of female-led bands that just begs for a juicy Behind the Music-type documentary. In light of... More >>

  • Nebula with Nashville Pussy

    published June 19, 2002

    Nebula hails from the sun-dappled wasteland that is Southern California, which, as everyone knows, serves as the headwaters of the great... More >>

  • The Fucking Champs

    published May 22, 2002

    The Fucking Champs are students of a discipline known as Total Music: By meticulously combining high-technology audio equipment, massive... More >>

  • John Cale

    published May 15, 2002

    Once again, time turns back on itself and yields an artifact of great cultural and artistic importance, and once again the agent of chance is John... More >>

  • 2002 Riverfront Times Music Award Winners

    published May 15, 2002

    St. Lunatics Best Rap, Recording of the Year It's been a very good year for the St. Lunatics, individually and collectively. In the... More >>

  • Massamalgam

    published April 24, 2002

    You may remember Mark Deutsch from repeated airings of the PBS short series Expressions, which focuses on the achievements of the local... More >>

  • Electric Eels

    published April 10, 2002

    At last! Woulda-been, coulda-been, shoulda-been legends the Electric Eels finally get the respect and retrospection and full-length release they,... More >>

  • Motörhead with Morbid Angel, Speedealer and Today Is the Day

    published April 10, 2002

    To some people, the continuing existence of Motörhead is one of life's impenetrable mysteries. These people have heard of... More >>

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