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2004 Stories by Rachel Devitt

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  • Saint Etienne

    published December 29, 2004

    Saint Etienne is a very pretty concept -- and 15 years of a pretty concept makes for a lovely best-of album. Travel Edition is a... More >>

  • Holly Golightly

    published December 22, 2004

    I have to admit that I was less than enthusiastic about the prospect of sitting through a new Holly Golightly album, another Valium-drip-slow trip... More >>

  • Gwen Stefani

    published December 15, 2004

    Your friends are totally going to make fun of Gwen Stefani's first-ever solo album. Granted, they have quite a bit of ammunition at their... More >>

  • The Makers

    published November 24, 2004

    For years, the Makers have been doing what everyone else is doing now -- pilfering religiously from Iggy, Pete, and myriad garage rock bands.... More >>

  • Rufus Wainwright

    published November 24, 2004

    I was initially a little immune to the baroque fabulousness of Want One, the precursor to Want Two, Wainwright's fifth album -- that... More >>

  • Kind of Blue

    published November 17, 2004

    On Oct. 29, I interviewed Johanna Fateman of Le Tigre in a big, new world of possibilities, a world that was anxious but hopeful for the lives of... More >>

  • Lesbians on Ecstasy

    published November 17, 2004

    The Lesbians on Ecstasy concept is a sexy one: Take odds and ends from quintessential lesbian-with-a-capital-"L" music (you know, Melissa, the... More >>

  • A Perfect Circle

    published November 17, 2004

    I thought reviewing A Perfect Circle's new album, eMOTIVe, would be freaking hilarious because, well, what isn't funny about... More >>

  • Divide and Convolute

    published October 13, 2004

    "There's a section right after the beginning part where a Casio's playing quite fast and then a piano and a drum kit come in and they play this... More >>

  • Tegan and Sara

    published October 6, 2004

    The whole girl-with-a-guitar genre is like your first "A Woman Needs a Man Like a Fish Needs a Bicycle" bumper sticker: Its overt earnestness is... More >>

  • Sally Timms

    published October 6, 2004

    Every time I hear a snippet of composer Alban Berg's atonal opera Wozzeck I get this feeling that's a combination of searing pain in my... More >>

  • Joss Stone

    published September 29, 2004

    Ever since Sam Phillips famously found his "billion dollar" dream of a white artist "who had the Negro sound and the Negro feel," the music... More >>

  • Har Mar Superstar

    published September 22, 2004

    Har Mar Superstar is a paunchy, balding indie rocker from Minnesota who creates bawdy R&B and hip hop that critiques the stereotypes of those... More >>

  • Fire Starters

    published September 1, 2004

    My friend and I, at 37 and 26, respectively, are easily among the oldest mall punks at the Warped Tour this year. In fact, our very appearance... More >>

  • The Rogers Sisters

    published September 1, 2004

    Let me know if you've heard this one before: Three hipsters walk into a bar in Williamsburg, bond over a fondness for post-punk and Prince (the... More >>

  • Hear This

    published September 1, 2004

    As a hip hop producer, Kanye West is nearly ubiquitous -- he's produced hits for Twista, Jay-Z, Ludacris, Talib Kweli, and Alicia Keys.... More >>

  • Do the Killers

    published August 25, 2004

    You know how every time you go to a wedding, your cousin or your high school best friend's idiot boyfriend or somebody at some point feels the... More >>

  • Call and Response

    published August 25, 2004

    S.F.'s Call and Response continues the California dreamin' the band started on its self-titled debut -- only this time the dream is more Grace... More >>

  • Hear This

    published August 25, 2004

    In the music world, like in the rest of this country, ethnicity is all too often condensed into an overly simplistic black/white binary that... More >>

  • Nedelle and Thom

    published August 11, 2004

    I cannot get enough of Summerland. It's a bit embarrassing, actually. I keep finding myself driving around, blasting at top volume what may... More >>

  • The Hives

    published July 28, 2004

    Of all the "The" bands swearing devotion to the Sonics/Stones/Stooges holy trinity of garage rock, the Hives have always seemed to have the most... More >>

  • Angie Stone

    published July 14, 2004

    Angie Stone has always been adept at making quiet, third-date soul that knows just the line to feed you to get the candles burning low and your... More >>

  • Ozomatli

    published July 7, 2004

    It's hard to talk about Ozomatli without coming off like some chai-drinking, dashiki-wearing boho hipster. To wit: Street Signs' socially... More >>

  • Brandy, Brandy, Brandy, I Can Let You Go

    published June 30, 2004

    It's tough being Brandy in a post-Beyoncé world of R&B. Ms. Bootylicious is the body and the voice; she's pop, she's hip hop, she's... More >>

  • The Catheters

    published June 30, 2004

    What do you do when you're a bunch of wannabe-punk kids from the suburbs of Seattle who already have a grimy, modestly successful, Stooges-heavy... More >>

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