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  • This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

    published December 30, 2004

    Thursday 30 How thoughtful. You've decided to have your mates 'round your place for a little New Year's Eve shindig. Be honest: It's... More >>

  • The Burden Brothers

    published December 30, 2004

    Sure, there are lots of options for midnight toasts--chi-chi shindigs, hotel soirees and so on. But wouldn't it be better to just get sweaty and... More >>

  • It's Totally High School, Eh

    published December 23, 2004

    Take a moment, cop a squat on a shag rug, pop a Sunkist open and remember that awesomely on-the-edge Canadian teen drama series Degrassi Junior... More >>

  • This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

    published December 16, 2004

    Thursday 16 Maybe this is just another of our obsessive-compulsive thoughts, but we hope not too many hands have touched our sushi. Is... More >>

  • Frida's Frames

    published December 9, 2004

    As icons go, surrealist painter Frida Kahlo has become as recognizable as the Virgin Mother or Ché. Her face peers out from jewelry, bags,... More >>

  • This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

    published December 2, 2004

    Thursday, December 2 We know how to dismember a jaw to get a good dental imprint, retain DNA evidence, look for prints and check a... More >>

  • Dolly Parton

    published December 2, 2004

    Dolly Parton may be the best celebrity ever. She's amazing with fans, she's witty and charming, and damn if she can't make us weep with those... More >>

  • This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

    published November 18, 2004

    Thursday, November 18 The first time we saw the work of Jennifer Morgan, we immediately wanted to... More >>

  • Lost in America

    published November 11, 2004

    In all his approachable Everyman glory, Davy Rothbart won over the likes of David Letterman and the entire Late Show with this message... More >>

  • This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

    published November 4, 2004

    Thursday, November 4 When we think "British music," we generally think of Sex Pistols, the Clash, Joy Division,... More >>

  • Blues Explosion

    published November 4, 2004

    Jon Spencer and the boys bring in all sorts of collaborators for their new CD--from chanteuse Martina Topley-Bird to Chuck D, producer madman Dan... More >>

  • This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

    published October 21, 2004

    Thursday, October 21 Single people with dogs, wouldn't it be good to know that someone you meet approves of your... More >>

  • Heaven Help Them

    published October 14, 2004

    Sure, Lord of the Rings is phenomenal, but don't ever try to tell us that Peter Jackson proved his genius for the first time in 2001's... More >>

  • Mosquitos

    published October 14, 2004

    Once again the Mosquitos prove themselves to be today's version of Getz, Jobim and Gilberto. Their sassy samba is as perfect for car drives with... More >>

  • This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

    published October 7, 2004

    Thursday, October 7 "Am I blue?/Am I blue?/Ain't these tears in my eyes tellin' you/Well, am I blue?/You'd be,... More >>

  • Art or Bust

    published September 30, 2004

    As we researched this piece, we realized that we've been denying ourselves the divine pleasure of a snazzy new bra for some time now. Sure, it may... More >>

  • Steve Earle

    published September 30, 2004

    Steve Earle can write a political song that actually does more than just preach and irritate. Maybe it's the storytelling that bolsters this... More >>

  • This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

    published September 23, 2004

    Thursday, September 23 There is a part of us incredibly shamed by this confession, and a part of us that revels... More >>

  • Artful Lodgings

    published September 16, 2004

    Art is omnipresent, it seems. Everywhere, one can find it in a fantastically designed structure, a detailed sign, a creative street tag and, sure,... More >>

  • The Finn Brothers

    published September 16, 2004

    The unjustly neglected titan of Accessible Pop has returned for a second round of family creation with his notoriously volatile brother. New... More >>

  • This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

    published September 9, 2004

    Thursday, September 9 Thanks to his trademark beatnik goatee, Pat Dinizio always looked like the girls prep school literature professor... More >>

  • Back to Lyle

    published September 2, 2004

    Matching short sets, our more red than golden retriever and Lyle Lovett. During summer breaks in elementary school, those three things... More >>

  • This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

    published August 26, 2004

    Thursday, August 26 Presidential campaigns require a lot of energy. The candidates need energy to go out and promote themselves; the... More >>

  • Lather Up

    published August 19, 2004

    Dorm rooms were forever changed in 1999. Another option was added to the poster selections. Joining Travis Bickle's Mohawk and blood spatters, the... More >>

  • Love in the Time of Cholera, Akkolyte, Hamas, He Who Corrupts, Ricin

    published August 19, 2004

    So I get this tip about a part grind-core, part balls-out noise show at Rito's Restaurant ("The Family Place"). Apparently, after the restaurant... More >>

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