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  • Dick's Got the Beat

    published December 15, 2004

    "I like Nelly. He's from St. Louis. He's a very good rapper. I like Eminem.... Oh, I don't listen to the lyrics. I just like the music. I like the... More >>

  • Paul Burch

    published December 8, 2004

    Try to calculate the influence of Bob Dylan and you're in for a long night with quantum physics. The industry gushes out Dylan book after Dylan... More >>

  • Betty Dylan

    published December 8, 2004

    There's no Betty and no Dylan in this Nashville-based duo, and there's really no explaining the name. Straight-up, parodic alt-country like they... More >>

  • Dierks Bentley

    published October 27, 2004

    Time was, country singers had country names: Tammy, Hank, Kitty and Waylon. Now we have Tracy, Ty, Shania and Toby. These aren't the names of... More >>

  • Two Cow Garage

    published October 20, 2004

    You can tell a lot about rock bands from their idols, the bellwethers by which they measure their own visions: Uncle Tupelo had Neil Young, Tom... More >>

  • The Legendary Shack Shakers

    published October 20, 2004

    Psychobillies get no respect, but most haven't earned it. Playing up the tired affectations of punk and rockabilly -- we-so-crazy tattoos,... More >>

  • The Incredible String Band

    published October 13, 2004

    The Incredible String Band is the Velvet Underground of psychedelic folk rock (no, it's not really a genre, but humor me). Not many bought... More >>

  • Keep It Real

    published October 13, 2004

    Reality TV has ruined enough lives. From The Apprentice Rebel Millionaire Benefactor to Amazing Real Big Surreal Idol Life Race, the... More >>

  • Moot Davis

    published October 6, 2004

    New Jersey-born actor gone hard-as-coffin-nails country heads to Nashville, scores record deal with legendary producer and is quickly anointed... More >>

  • The Silos

    published September 22, 2004

    In the great underground assimilation of the late '80s, the Silos never fit in with the other indie rockers (Hüsker Dü, Throwing... More >>

  • Gillian Welch & David Rawlings

    published September 1, 2004

    For years most everyone got everything wrong about Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, or so their last two records, Time (the... More >>

  • Better to Flame Out?

    published September 1, 2004

    Marah plays Off Broadway Thursday, September 2. More >>

  • The Patsys

    published August 25, 2004

    Like most garage bands worth their grease, the Patsys dig their vintage gear and vintage yelps and yeahs, but they also attack songs like... More >>

  • Tres Femmes

    published August 18, 2004

    Although the three women of Tres Femmes -- Kellie Lin Knott, Victoria Vox and Stolie -- have their own histories as solo... More >>

  • Robbie Fulks

    published August 11, 2004

    Robbie Fulks isn't one to bite the hand that feeds him. He'll have the whole arm, thank you kindly. His early song "Roots Rock Weirdoes"... More >>

  • The Waxwings

    published August 4, 2004

    Cool kids will tell you there's nothing like Detroit garage rock, and the Waxwings are nothing like Detroit garage rock. Or are they? After... More >>

  • Jolie Holland

    published July 21, 2004

    Raised in Texas and New Orleans and translocated to San Francisco and Canada, Jolie Holland found a dark, folksy warmth by way of... More >>

  • Richard Buckner

    published July 14, 2004

    Once upon a time, Richard Buckner seemed like a singer-songwriter savior, an heir to rootsy poets like Townes Van Zandt, Bob Neuwirth and... More >>

  • Jon Dee Graham

    published June 30, 2004

    If you've found yourself in Austin on a Sunday night, maybe you got lucky and some local tipped you off to the Saxon Pub, where a band of... More >>

  • Richmond Fontaine

    published June 23, 2004

    Since the winter release of Post to Wire, British magazines such as Uncut and Mojo have been going ga-ga over Portland's... More >>

  • Patti Smith

    published June 16, 2004

    Has there ever been a more dated, indulgent, pretentious and yet incontestably compelling and (it's been almost 30 years now) enduring rock & roll... More >>

  • Dave Alvin and the Guilty Men

    published June 16, 2004

    Like Richard and Karen Carpenter and Metallica founder James Hetfield, Dave Alvin grew up in the '60s in the middle-class, LA suburb... More >>

  • Tommy Womack with Mike Ireland and Holler

    published June 2, 2004

    "I'm from Kentucky, born and raised, on the outside," Tommy Womack writes in a memoir of high school. "But I'm Arkansas as hell inside. I'm... More >>

  • Dale Watson

    published May 26, 2004

    If attempts to define alternative country as a genre are mostly futile, the critics, fans and bands loyal to the music share a single ideology:... More >>

  • Chloe Day

    published May 19, 2004

    The songs on Chloe Day's first record, The Return of... , could have been rendered as jammy acoustic folk, conventional alt-country,... More >>

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