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2002 Stories by Tom Bowker

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  • New Heat Wave

    published December 26, 2002

    Be warned, America: Fashionable guys in skinny ties are once again running amok in the musical landscape. "I wish I had an explanation for it,"... More >>

  • Ground Level

    published December 19, 2002

    Ever since Tommy Iommi invented doom rock, drugged-out bands all over the world have done their best to outsludge one another. Outfits like... More >>

  • Critic's Pick

    published December 12, 2002

    Piebald singer/guitarist Travis Shettel needs your help. After scream-singing through thousands of shows since his band's inception in 1994,... More >>

  • And It Feels So Good

    published December 5, 2002

    There's nothing Brian Diaz hates more than a lazy, ignorant rock critic. "We just got slagged for making a video that doesn't exist and wearing... More >>

  • Casualty Ward

    published December 5, 2002

    This past summer's Warped Tour at Pompano Beach Amphitheatre was an educational opportunity for South Florida's mall-punk horde. On the main stage... More >>

  • Nervous in Suburbia

    published November 28, 2002

    Ataris guitarist Kris Roe has lived the pop-punk dream. He escaped his shitburg Indiana hometown by passing along a demo to the Vandals' Joe... More >>

  • Friendly Fire

    published November 14, 2002

    For such an effective purveyor of paranoia, Your Enemies Friends singer/guitarist Ronnie Washburn is a sunny-side-of-the-street kinda guy.... More >>

  • The Czars of Rock-'n’-Roll

    published November 7, 2002

    Billing themselves as providers of "the only rock from Siberia," the Russian rockabilly vaudevillians in the Red Elvises have spent the... More >>

  • Boiled Down

    published October 24, 2002

    "Are you ready to be liberated/On this sad side city street/Well the birds have been freed from their cages/I've got freedom and my youth!... More >>

  • Squarepusher

    published September 26, 2002

    If you really know Squarepusher, you're likely either (a) locked away in the loony bin or (b) in the middle of the drug binge... More >>

  • Drum Crisis Center

    published September 12, 2002

    When most people walk into Sidblu bassist Pablo Lopez's West Palm Beach workplace, they see a corporate office for designing funeral home... More >>

  • Model Citizen

    published September 5, 2002

    Yeah! The tail-dragger from Greenville, Mississippi!" bellows 80-year-old James "T-Model" Ford in the opening seconds of Bad Man, his... More >>

  • Just the Koufax, Ma'am

    published August 8, 2002

    You love cheesy pop songs. Don't even try to deny it, Mr. and Mrs. Hipster-Doofus. We all know you keep your Supertramp's Greatest Hits... More >>

  • TGI Thursday

    published August 1, 2002

    If we could, we'd stay right where we are now and live it forever," Thursday singer Geoff Rickly enthuses over the phone from Billings,... More >>

  • Quit Claim Deed

    published August 1, 2002

    "Think back to what you missed," commanded Quit on its landmark 1990 album, Earlier Thought. That order has haunted the Miami... More >>

  • Kids These Days

    published June 20, 2002

    Growing up is hard to do, especially if you're a rock band. It's the same from Metallica to R.E.M. to the Replacements to Soul Asylum and all... More >>

  • In a Van Down by the River

    published May 23, 2002

    Move over, James Brown -- there's a new hardest-working band in show business. With more than 600 shows played in its three years of toddlerhood,... More >>

  • Various Artists

    published May 16, 2002

    The tribute record is the most abused marketing concept in the record biz. Generally, a huge band has its ego stroked by several similar but less... More >>

  • Session Road

    published April 18, 2002

    The "Do It Yourself " ethic often espoused by rock-ready kids is too rarely put into practice. When given the choice between putting out their own... More >>

  • A Little Water Music

    published April 11, 2002

    Eight years ago, thinking man's hardcore act Hot Water Music emerged from the swamps of Gainesville. With a name cribbed from a Charles... More >>

  • Speedy Recovery

    published February 28, 2002

    "We're taking this on/and turning you on!" Recover guitarist/shouter Robert Mann screams on "Rodeo and Picasso," the title track of the best debut... More >>

  • Slaughter and the Dogs

    published February 14, 2002

    "We're getting the band back together!" Ever since the Blues Brothers uttered those accursed words 20 years ago, countless aging rockers... More >>

  • Power Grab

    published January 24, 2002

    It's a Friday-night hardcore show at Club Q in Davie, and the inevitable pit standoff is in full swing. Some newbie has taken exception to the... More >>

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