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2003 Stories by Joe S. Harrington

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  • Devorah Day

    published December 18, 2003

    From the somber opening touches of the first note, played by the veteran alto sax improviser Marion Brown, it's obvious that Light of Day... More >>

  • Vue

    published December 11, 2003

    No surprise these sauntering Northern California upstarts have finally ended up on a major, since, with their whole glam-tart approach, it was... More >>

  • The Shins

    published November 6, 2003

    The Shins are another bunch of ordinary guys making extraordinary sounds. Since their debut album two years ago, 2001's brilliant Oh, Inverted... More >>

  • Slumber Party

    published October 9, 2003

    The Detroit-based, four-piece, female band Slumber Party lays down a hypnotic groove based on several layers of lulling dream-like vocals and... More >>

  • Nebula

    published October 2, 2003

    These Northern Cal nomads have propagated the "stoner rock" mythos for a long time now. What else would you expect from three hairy behemoths who... More >>

  • The Karl Hendricks Trio

    published August 28, 2003

    The Jerks Win Again is the perfect title for the seventh LP by these Pittsburgh purveyors of regular-guy rock. Guitarist/bandleader Karl... More >>

  • The Telescopes

    published July 31, 2003

    Although this band of Limey distorto-demons has made quite a name in the UK recording for Creation, the label that birthed My Bloody Valentine and... More >>

  • Miles Davis

    published June 19, 2003

    In 1961, long after John Coltrane had left Miles Davis' band for good, Davis remained the undisputed titan of the non-"new thing" cocktails 'n'... More >>

  • The Cuts

    published June 5, 2003

    The surge of great rock bands streaming out of Northern California continues with this quartet. 2 Over Ten, recorded in Memphis, is the... More >>

  • The Grateful Dead

    published May 22, 2003

    This long-overdue retrospective collects the Dead's pre-Warner Bros. recordings in one place for the first time. Although some of these tracks... More >>

  • Mensen

    published May 15, 2003

    More snow-capped rock from the frigid peaks of Scandinavia, this time from Norway, with a notable female presence that differs from the region's... More >>

  • Johnny Guitar Watson

    published May 8, 2003

    On the heels of such other Texas-bred blues-guitar luminaries as T-Bone Walker, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, and Lightnin' Hopkins came the... More >>

  • Big Midnight

    published May 1, 2003

    Big Midnight is yet another band with shaggy hair and bad attitude joining such luminaries as the Brian Jonestown Massacre, Vue, Warlocks, the... More >>

  • Marianne Nowottny

    published March 27, 2003

    The most capable vocalist of her generation, Marianne Nowottny has a technique that can only be described by such words as "otherworldly" or... More >>

  • Gutpunch

    published March 20, 2003

    Cleveland's Vacancies are yet another group that's walking the ledge of genuine unpredictability in a day and age of cut-and-serve... More >>

  • The Buzzcocks

    published February 20, 2003

    Although the band was somewhat obscure in America during the original days of punk, the Buzzcocks' esteem among the faithful has risen until now,... More >>

  • The Greenhornes

    published January 2, 2003

    From the mighty blast of reverb that opens "Satisfy My Mind," the first song on Dual Mono, it's evident that Cincinnati garage kings the... More >>

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