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  • A tribute to Y-100's Jingle Ball

    published December 11, 2003

    (To the tune of "Jingle Bell Rock"): Ra-di-o, ra-di-o, ra-di-o sucks/They'll play anything/as long as the label's got bucks/Talent has... More >>

  • Agile! Mobile! And Hostile!

    published December 4, 2003

    It's a tall order to remain the biggest badass in the R&B world for damn near 50 years, but living-legend Andre Williams has managed to do it with... More >>

  • 'Fly Unzipped

    published November 27, 2003

    The sun is setting on the 17th-annual Fort Lauderdale Blues Festival, and funk legend/rap innovator Clarence Reid, a.k.a. Blowfly, is... More >>

  • Sisyphus Rock

    published November 20, 2003

    As a late Wednesday night becomes an early Thursday morning, Angelo Pillitteri -- a lean, long-haired, leather-clad man known for the past 22... More >>

  • Solomon's Blues

    published October 30, 2003

    If there were any justice in the world, the American Heritage Dictionary's definition of giant would have a picture of Solomon Burke... More >>

  • Punk Poverty

    published October 16, 2003

    If you ask the average, aging, leather-clad punk rocker to explain the difference between "old school" and "new school," he or she will bitterly... More >>

  • Public Dick

    published October 9, 2003

    A lot has changed in Sam Fogarino's world over the past 14 months. Last August, the former Victoria Park resident turned Brooklynite was embarking... More >>

  • Rag and Bones

    published October 2, 2003

    It's 2 p.m. in Milwaukee, and Captain Sean-Doe, vocalist for a band of Southern California troublemakers called Throw Rag, has stumbled out... More >>

  • Well, Well, Well

    published September 25, 2003

    "It's always something," Poison the Well guitarist Derek Miller laughs through his dying cell phone from Cleveland. "Every time we release... More >>

  • Creepy Sweet

    published September 18, 2003

    You'd be hard-pressed to find an album with a more severe split-personality disorder than Hocus-Pocus, the latest from futuristic New York... More >>

  • Biting Pandas

    published September 11, 2003

    It's 6 p.m. at Dungeon Studios in North Miami, and, as Wire once said, there's something strange going on here tonight. A shock wave of catchy,... More >>

  • Stop the invasion!

    published September 11, 2003

    Dear Drive-Thru Records, We in Broward County are best-known as a mullet-friendly, white-flight, overgrown suburb. And you, Drive-Thru... More >>

  • Trick Turners

    published August 7, 2003

    In 1986, Frank Zappa released Does Humor Belong in Music? -- a smarmy, unfunny collection of borscht belt comedy and "Look, Ma -- I can... More >>

  • Hate, American Style

    published August 7, 2003

    Despite what the mainstream press says, there are no winners on American Idol. The contestants, judges, and producers on the dumbest game... More >>

  • Where's the Beef?

    published July 24, 2003

    Anti-comic genius Neil Hamburger is traveling from Detroit to Pittsburgh, and his cell phone service is failing miserably. After the third... More >>

  • Rancid

    published July 24, 2003

    Rancid's entire history has been based on the "Corporate Rock Still Sucks" premise. The group landed on MTV and made gold records without having... More >>

  • Licorice Lips

    published July 10, 2003

    The 40 Watt Club in Athens, Georgia, is a hallowed place in indie-rock lore. More than 20 years ago, R.E.M., Pylon, and the B-52's got their start... More >>

  • Stripes Hype

    published June 19, 2003

    Sometimes hype is a good thing. Sure, you get stray Vines. Or you may get stuck with one-trick Strokes. But the retro "Return to Rock" frenzy of... More >>

  • Flip the Bird

    published June 12, 2003

    For the unsuspecting yuppies who regularly overrun downtown Fort Lauderdale, a Sunday-night trip to Tavern 213 can be a scary proposition. For... More >>

  • Bringing Black Flag Back

    published June 5, 2003

    Not even Michael Caine walks both sides of the credibility fence like punk icon Henry Rollins. On one hand, his 2.13.61 publishing house has... More >>

  • Hollywood Babylon

    published May 29, 2003

    It's Trapped by Mormons' CD-release party at Churchill's Hideaway, and as usual, trouble has found them. Right before TBM's midnight slot,... More >>

  • Black Keys

    published May 29, 2003

    When all your artists are dying off, what's a hip Delta blues label to do? If you're mid-Mississippi indie Fat Possum, the answer is: diversify.... More >>

  • Growing Old with Uncle Al

    published May 15, 2003

    The Old Gray Al, he ain't what he used to be. While many a desperate rock critic has declared Ministry's 2003 release Animiositisomnia as a return... More >>

  • Lean and Mean

    published April 17, 2003

    No one understands the concept of a meaner, leaner workforce better than Chet "The Cheetah" Weiss. Caught between a rock (his seminal, yet... More >>

  • Sunshine Music Moguls

    published April 3, 2003

    "Maybe one day, the Bieler brothers will be like the Warner brothers!" Aaron Bieler says, beaming outside his new Pompano Beach... More >>

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