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2004 Stories by Sam Machkovech

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  • Slobberbone

    published December 30, 2004

    Local music didn't take its true form for me until the year 2000. I'd heard great bands and great albums around here for years, but until I found... More >>

  • Rivulets

    published December 23, 2004

    It's been a banner year for Sam Beam, thanks largely to his band Iron & Wine's touching musical cameo in Garden State. The attention... More >>

  • The Now, The Hundred Inevitables, Grand Champeen

    published December 23, 2004

    Austin's Grand Champeen puts on such exciting rock concerts that they shame the band's albums. Thus, it was a bit odd to hear singer-guitarist... More >>

  • Far Beyond Redneck

    published December 16, 2004

    Critics loved to believe that Pantera made music for slack-jawed, beer-guzzling stereotypes. But in reality, I was the target demographic for the... More >>

  • Autolux

    published December 16, 2004

    When I first heard Autolux's Future Perfect, I checked the CD for a copyright date. 2004? No way. This album sounds trapped in Matador... More >>

  • Spune Christmas

    published December 16, 2004

    In the spirit of Spune Productions, known for its diverse indie-rock catalog, Denton's Silver Arrows were the perfect start to the promotion... More >>

  • Catch the Tree Wave

    published December 9, 2004

    It looks like the end of the world in here. Technological debris is scattered all around--stacks of computer cases, cables that would stretch for... More >>

  • Bloody Reign

    published December 2, 2004

    "There are family things that I should've attended to, but I said, 'No. You knew what you were getting into when you got involved with me.'"... More >>

  • Saved by Stand-up

    published December 2, 2004

    "Everyone knew Zack was gay. Admit it." With those few words, Dustin Diamond screws with my head. What's Screech from Saved by the... More >>

  • Lost Sounds

    published November 25, 2004

    Two years ago, you couldn't turn a corner without running into a garage-rock band. Any group that came close to a "garage" description jumped on... More >>

  • Steve Austin, Headkrack, Sir James & Vitamin D, King

    published November 25, 2004

    What's a rapper to do when he opens a hip-hop concert to only eight people? In the case of Crossing Ellum's King, he offers the small crowd free... More >>

  • Junior Brown

    published November 25, 2004

    Looking for an awe-inspiring concert but can't wait for AC/DC to burn through town with a 500-foot-tall inflatable devil? Perhaps a change of... More >>

  • Rock Lottery 6

    published November 18, 2004

    Yanni DiFranco, Megaforce Five and the Weapons of Mass Destruction, The Pink Bullets, Wombstone Pizza, The Kim Jong Illness. That's not a list of... More >>

  • Mark Sandman and Morphine

    published November 18, 2004

    With this long-awaited box set of rarities, a '90s underground rocker who died en route to musical greatness will finally be immortalized. But the... More >>

  • Death From Above 1979

    published November 18, 2004

    Call me a cheap bastard, but I usually have no qualms about illegally padding my music collection by downloading MP3s. Still, I'm not made of... More >>

  • Microphoner

    published November 11, 2004

    Some albums require a few listens before they sink in, but Get It On, the debut EP by Dallas' Microphoner (the "I play all the instruments"... More >>

  • Making Kingfish Pies

    published November 4, 2004

    Midlake is a talkative group. The guys in this Denton band answer questions at length, cut up at all times and sound like the oldest gang of... More >>

  • Neko Case

    published November 4, 2004

    Neko Case's first live album, The Tigers Have Spoken, leans heavily upon its supporting cast. The semi-Canadian songstress often tours with... More >>

  • Bobgoblin, The Deathray Davies, Budapest One, Sparkle Pussy Barbie

    published November 4, 2004

    Halloween officially began when Sparkle Pussy Barbie took the Club Clearview stage. Their bizarre, carnival-style take on Big Black's industrial... More >>

  • Tahiti

    published October 28, 2004

    When Tahiti actually raps on his debut EP, The Birth of Whack, he sounds like a seasoned old-school pro. His delivery is tough, yet light;... More >>

  • Pretty Girls Make Graves, Death Cab for Cutie

    published October 28, 2004

    When I saw Pretty Girls Make Graves last March, the Seattle band looked dead. The then-recent loss of guitarist Nathan Thelen took a huge chunk... More >>

  • Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds

    published October 21, 2004

    The first seconds of Abattoir Blues/The Lyre of Orpheus could've gone so wrong: Banging guitar wails and gospel choir harmonies blast off... More >>

  • Rye Coalition, The Golden Falcons, The Lord Henry

    published October 21, 2004

    Want to impress a naïve date in Dallas? Take her to a Lord Henry appearance and convince her you're at a secret, unadvertised Strokes show.... More >>

  • Brian Wilson

    published October 21, 2004

    This Monday, my Smile wait will finally end. Ever since I discovered the beauty of Pet Sounds, I've been obsessed with the lost... More >>

  • Futureheads

    published October 7, 2004

    The only thing I don't mind about the annoying low-carb craze is the rise of Splenda. It's a quick way to add punch to sweets without being too... More >>

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