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2004 Stories by Abigail Clouseau

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  • Pinback

    published November 24, 2004

    Pinback's songs have always been metronome precise, with airtight rhythmic patterns and guitars and synthesizers that bounce along in lock-step... More >>

  • Son, Ambulance

    published November 10, 2004

    Omaha's Son, Ambulance, the indie brainchild of singer Joe Knapp, actually has more in common with its Brit-pop contemporaries than it does Saddle... More >>

  • The Futureheads

    published November 10, 2004

    Tired of Franz Ferdinand's melodic dance-punk? Of course you're not, which is why the Scottish group has been the ubiquitous indie-cred... More >>

  • Bright Eyes

    published November 3, 2004

    Little Conor Oberst, bless his heart. We've watched him grow up right before our eyes, much like the zany girls of The Facts of Life.... More >>

  • Frank Black

    published November 3, 2004

    Frank Black may be the godfather of quirk rock, but everyone would agree that much of the luster has been lacking since the Pixies originally... More >>

  • Pavement

    published November 3, 2004

    Modern-day indie rock owes a huge debt to Pavement, and Crooked Rain is arguably the pinnacle of the band's career: all endearing... More >>

  • Menomena

    published October 27, 2004

    "Force yourself to breathe." So begins Menomena's I Am the Fun Blame Monster! It's a prophetic lyric fragment considering the confusingly... More >>

  • The Late Great Daniel Johnston

    published October 27, 2004

    For many, it's hard to understand how the shrill-voiced, clinically bipolar, and often childlike songwriter Daniel Johnston found himself with a... More >>

  • Explosions in the Sky, et al.

    published October 20, 2004

    The decision to use a popular-music soundtrack instead of traditional orchestral arrangements for your feature film can sometimes be disastrous... More >>

  • Matthew Sweet

    published October 13, 2004

    Well, the obvious question is: How relevant is the traditionally youthful pine of a gooey power-pop love song when it's sung by a fortysomething?... More >>

  • Blood Brothers

    published October 6, 2004

    It would be wrong to dismiss Seattle's Blood Brothers as a run-of-the-mill hardcore or punk band. Yes, singers Jordan Blilie and Johnny Whitney... More >>

  • Frog Eyes

    published October 6, 2004

    If it weren't for the between-song banter at Frog Eyes shows, you'd think singer/ guitarist Carey Mercer was a pretty fucked-up dude. It's during... More >>

  • Hear This

    published October 6, 2004

    Old Crow Medicine Show is not your average bluegrass band. While the high-lonesome vocals and fleet-fingered string-pickin' suggest a... More >>

  • Earlimart

    published September 29, 2004

    If the California indie rock realm were a high school, you might say that Earlimart's main man, Aaron Espinoza, was being primped for the position... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 29, 2004

    Morrissey fans know that, aside from James Dean and Oscar Wilde, pioneering '70s glam rockers the New York Dolls remain one of the most... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 22, 2004

    It makes sense that Now It's Overhead would choose a Magnetic Fields cover ("The Book of Love") to complement the single for "Wait in... More >>

  • Palomar

    published September 15, 2004

    It's amusing that a band that sets its sights so high with its name (Palomar is an observatory that houses one of the world's biggest telescopes)... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 8, 2004

    Thursday, Thursday, THURSDAY! The monsters of instrumental hip hop invade San Francisco when Sixtoo and DJ Signify roll into town.... More >>

  • The Court & Spark

    published August 25, 2004

    We'll be honest: We don't love Court & Spark frontman M.C. Taylor's twangy, low-register, sometimes Jerry Garcia-ish singing. In fact, if the... More >>

  • Clinic

    published August 25, 2004

    When "Country Mile," the first song from Winchester Cathedral, begins, it's instantly recognizable as typical Clinic: Singer Ade... More >>

  • Hear This

    published August 18, 2004

    In our opinion, nothing spoils a pretty picnic like boring families satiating themselves with the contents of cute little picnic baskets, which is... More >>

  • Hear This

    published August 11, 2004

    How does an old-school avant-gardist who made his name with the legendary Sun Ra and Cecil Taylor connect with today's kids? He meets them on the... More >>

  • Pidgeon

    published August 4, 2004

    The members of Pidgeon jump right into From Gutter With Love, opening with a flurry of sinister guitars and rumbling rhythms. But wait,... More >>

  • Read Yellow

    published August 4, 2004

    The electric guitars and jittery drums of the first few bars on Radios Burn Faster make you wonder what direction the album will take. It... More >>

  • Hear This

    published August 4, 2004

    You love natural disasters, admit it. If you could, you'd stand in the eye of a hurricane, a six-pack and a bong in hand. You'd walk on stilts... More >>

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