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2004 Stories by Maya Kroth

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  • The Jester Speaks the Truth

    published December 29, 2004

    The last election showed us one thing for sure: Rather than counting on the news media to cut through Bush administration rhetoric or uncover the... More >>

  • Hear This

    published December 15, 2004

    There's something about Louis XIV that sends the hot-chick quotient skyrocketing whenever the band plays live. Maybe it's the shaggy... More >>

  • Lindsay Lohan

    published December 8, 2004

    I was determined to hate this record. After all, capable songwriters spend years dreaming their little dreams while pop tarts like Lindsay Lohan... More >>

  • Hear This

    published December 8, 2004

    Beards are threatening to replace Converse and square black glasses as the indie rock accessory du jour. You can thank Sam Beam, aka Iron &... More >>

  • Dirty Vegas

    published December 1, 2004

    There's nothing more annoying to a music geek than an ad exec who's ahead of the curve. How many indie rockers cringe whenever they see that... More >>

  • Evanescence

    published December 1, 2004

    Bands release live albums and concert DVDs for two reasons: to buy time to finish their next record, and to make a quick buck off adoring fans, in... More >>

  • Hear This

    published December 1, 2004

    Maybe it's because of her borrowed handle, but songwriter Sam Phillips always seems to require a little too much explanation. Fans... More >>

  • Hear This

    published November 24, 2004

    The "Cali Comm" tour is an annual forum for independent artists from our fair state to show there's more to hip hop than is seen on... More >>

  • Cliché-Free Zone

    published November 17, 2004

    Bling-bling, booty dancers, and magnums of Cristal Champagne. Cadillac Escalades with 20-inch rims, a mouth full of 24-carat-gold-capped teeth,... More >>

  • Hear This

    published November 10, 2004

    Ever wonder what happened to Creeper Lagoon? I mean the old Creeper Lagoon, the cool local band that got signed and then fawned over by... More >>

  • Jimmy Eat World

    published October 20, 2004

    If I were a high school principal on graduation day, I'd cut the commencement address and just play this record at top volume, because Jimmy Eat... More >>

  • Hear This

    published October 13, 2004

    For alternarockers the world over, one of the most despised aspects of the pop/rock mainstream was the "singer/songwriter," as that... More >>

  • Cake

    published October 6, 2004

    OK, we get it: Cake isn't just a novelty act with an irony-spewing, speak-singing frontman. That title went to Soul Coughing, which promptly... More >>

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