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2008 Stories by Michael Roberts

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  • Pink

    published December 11, 2008

    Her Pinkness likely had no idea the Stooges used Fun House as the moniker for a genius 1970 album — but the fact that this... More >>

  • Bloc Party

    published November 13, 2008

    Transitioning from overhyped buzz generator to perpetual powerhouse ain't easy, even for figures as charismatic as the Party men, and on their... More >>

  • Kings of Leon

    published November 6, 2008

    Caleb Followill and the other members of the Kings family once seemed content with updating '70s Southern rock for the new millennium — but... More >>

  • TV on the Radio

    published October 16, 2008

    Although the Radio crew's talent is well-established, the band's music has always raised user-friendliness questions: Sure, 2006's Return to... More >>

  • Blitzen Trapper

    published October 9, 2008

    For a buzz band, Blitzen Trapper is extremely modest. Instead of trying to overwhelm listeners with their awesomeness, singer/songwriter Eric... More >>

  • G-Unit

    published August 14, 2008

    Like corrupt politicians and David Hasselhoff, gangsta rap isn't going away — but the played-out quality of T.O.S. suggests that it's... More >>

  • Beck

    published August 7, 2008

    Danger Mouse is arguably the most adventurous producer to tackle a Beck project since the Dust Brothers helped birth a 1996 baby called... More >>

  • Katy Perry

    published July 31, 2008

    Katy Perry's capable of remaking herself for any promising target demographic. In her teens, she delivered achingly sincere contemporary Christian... More >>

  • Sigur Rós

    published July 17, 2008

    Sigur Rós' latest is positively festooned with danger signs: first album to be mainly recorded outside its home base of Iceland, first to... More >>

  • Silver Jews

    published July 10, 2008

    Singer/songwriter David Berman is as much of an ironist in life as he is in art. Note that after landing in rehab following a Xanax overdose... More >>

  • Rancid

    published June 19, 2008

    Like Green Day, Rancid was once reviled as a band of poseurs by much of the punk-rock intelligentsia but is now seen as a standard-bearer for... More >>

  • She and Him

    published May 1, 2008

    With the possible exception of the three people who look back fondly on Bruce Willis' recording career, we're well acquainted with the eardrum... More >>

  • All Dolled Up

    published April 3, 2008

    As rock 'n' roll reunions go, the New York Dolls' get-together is as unlikely as they come. For one thing, two members of the original... More >>

  • Snoop Dogg

    published April 3, 2008

    The Snoopster uses his ultra-cool stoner persona to make up for a multitude of sins — and Ego Trippin' will only enhance his... More >>

  • DeVotchKa

    published March 27, 2008

    When music industry experts advise fledgling musicians how to achieve success, few probably suggest developing a weird blend of rock, pop, and... More >>

  • Jack Johnson

    published February 21, 2008

    Jack Johnson would undoubtedly make a wonderful dinner companion. Unlike the average rock star, who might break the good china, wipe his face... More >>

  • Drive-By Truckers

    published February 14, 2008

    The departure of a performer as strong as Jason Isbell, who went solo last year, would cripple most bands — but not Drive-By Truckers.... More >>

  • Various artists

    published January 31, 2008

    Too many movie tie-in collections put profits before cohesion. Tunes by widely disparate performers, most of whom just happen to record... More >>

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