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2003 Stories by Maya Singer

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  • Edwin McCain

    published December 4, 2003

    Edwin McCain isn't one of those musicians anyone really thinks about. He doesn't have any buzz--never really did, even when VH1 was spinning the... More >>

  • Starlight Mints

    published December 4, 2003

    Once upon a time, there was a little orchestral pop band from Oklahoma. No, I'm not talking about The Flaming Lips. Seriously, folks--the Sooner... More >>

  • Seeing the Light

    published November 27, 2003

    Malcolm Middleton is in a good mood. This isn't a big deal, really--except that as the brains behind Arab Strap's music, Middleton isn't someone... More >>

  • Damien Rice

    published November 27, 2003

    Damien Rice may be the feel-baddest balladeer to find a wide audience since Volkswagen revived Nick Drake. Like his countryman David Gray, Rice... More >>

  • O Brothers, Who Art Thou?

    published November 20, 2003

    This is a story of the little band that could. There are a few versions of this story, similar and by now familiar. Little band's four-track demos... More >>

  • Leona Naess

    published November 20, 2003

    There's no reason you should like Leona Naess. After all, taken merely as the sum of her musical influences, Diana Ross' former stepdaughter seems... More >>

  • Cab Fare

    published November 6, 2003

    What with presidential primary season almost upon us, and what promises (one hopes) to be a nail-biting, nasty, brutish and long race for the... More >>

  • The Gospel Truth

    published November 6, 2003

    So I'm slumming around the downtown Manhattan branch of Tower Records the other day, and I overhear this heated conversation happening the next... More >>

  • The Strokes

    published October 30, 2003

    As it must, the Strokes' second LP registers as something of a disappointment. After all, Room on Fire sounds like the Strokes' debut--and... More >>

  • The Black Keys

    published October 23, 2003

    Anyone who bothered to watch PBS' recent series on the blues couldn't help but come to the unhappy conclusion that a once-vital musical style had... More >>

  • Death Cab for Cutie

    published October 16, 2003

    Rock songs tend to fall into one of two broad categories: the emotional and the ones about emotion. But Death Cab for Cutie songwriter Ben Gibbard... More >>

  • The Rapture

    published October 9, 2003

    Calling punk an attitude has become something of an MTV-generation cliché. Usually it's offered up as a post-mortem tribute to a musician's... More >>

  • Silver Lining

    published October 2, 2003

    "Can we talk about something else?" It's hard to tell whether Beulah front man Miles Kurosky is joking. After all, he's only one question into... More >>

  • Cult Classic

    published October 2, 2003

    Jack White sure does love Holly Golightly. But for most White Stripes fans, the song "Well It's True That We Love One Another" was the first... More >>

  • Black Box Recorder

    published September 25, 2003

    The title of Black Box Recorder's 1998 debut was England Made Me, and perhaps never before or since has an album title served so utterly... More >>

  • Narrow Minded

    published September 18, 2003

    Everybody loves the Shins. No, seriously--everybody. Take Kevin, for example. All rippling, tattooed arms, head-banger hair and... More >>

  • Power Plants

    published September 18, 2003

    Super Furry Animals' 2002 album, Rings Around the World, was very loosely a concept album about telecommunication. Or, more specifically,... More >>

  • Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

    published September 11, 2003

    Emerging in 2001 in a welter of fuzzed-out guitar and excellently effed-up hair, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club could have been mistaken for the... More >>

  • Kodak Moment

    published July 24, 2003

    Warning: Anyone who has towed his or her car to the anti-Strokes bandwagon, read on at your own risk. This article features favorable mention of... More >>

  • Band Apart

    published July 10, 2003

    It's Friday night and New York City is gearing up for its 13th consecutive weekend of rain. Thirteen weekends, 13 rains: dull, bland, constant... More >>

  • Living Single

    published June 26, 2003

    What would you do if everything fell apart? Fight or flight? Accept it with a whimper or hold out for a bang? Attempt to pick up the pieces or... More >>

  • Tindersticks

    published June 26, 2003

    You are either for Tindersticks or you are against them. If you are for them, you are very, very for them--and all you need to know about the... More >>

  • Mogwai

    published June 12, 2003

    Mogwai's music is a web of contradictions. A band given to grand gestures, yet the music finds its power in subtlety: delicate moments accumulate... More >>

  • Family Ties

    published June 5, 2003

    "Once upon a time, I was wandering in a magic forest," says Rooney front man Robert Carmine, in a voice familiar to anyone who ever experienced... More >>

  • The New Boss?

    published May 22, 2003

    When in doubt, there's always the weather. Pete Yorn, for example, doesn't have much else to complain about. The singer-songwriter's debut LP,... More >>

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