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2004 Stories by Zac Crain

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  • Eisley, Radiant*

    published December 30, 2004

    For now, it's easy enough to judge these two bands by their past deeds: two whimsical, wonderful EPs (Laughing City and Marvelous... More >>

  • Dirty Life and Times

    published December 23, 2004

    By now, if you were at all interested in "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott--either as a fan of Pantera and/or Damageplan, or simply from a... More >>

  • Sparrows

    published November 11, 2004

    Not many musicians can casually drop a little Ludwig van Beethoven--Opus 27, No. 2, better known as the "Moonlight" sonata--amid a set of (mostly)... More >>

  • Fast Times at MotorSport Ranch

    published November 4, 2004

    Jack Farr smiles as he asks the question: "So, you ever been around a road course before?" Before I have a chance to make sure my seat belt is... More >>

  • Ted Leo + The Pharmacists

    published October 28, 2004

    Michael Moore timed the release of his Fahrenheit 9/11 DVD to hit stores in the weeks leading up to the November 2 election so he could... More >>

  • Pixies

    published October 28, 2004

    The people who turned out for the Pixies' first Dallas-area gig in more than a decade were nothing short of orgasmic in their response. I thought... More >>

  • Jimmy Eat World

    published October 21, 2004

    Three years doesn't seem like a long time between records, but kids today--sorry, that's who buys Jimmy Eat World albums--don't have that much... More >>

  • From Horror to Heroes

    published October 7, 2004

    In the field outside the village, where he and some of the other young boys from the tribe spent long, hot days tending to the cattle, there was a... More >>

  • The Thrills

    published September 16, 2004

    With help from producer Dave Sardy, The Thrills trade in some of the Laurel Canyon loveliness of their debut, last year's So Much for the... More >>

  • Elvis Costello

    published September 2, 2004

    As Rhino's long-running reissue campaign winds down, it's fitting that three of Elvis Costello's most misunderstood and unappreciated albums are... More >>

  • Guided By Voices

    published August 19, 2004

    Things you always knew needed to happen on the last Guided By Voices album: It has to be on Matador Records, the home of Alien Lanes and... More >>

  • Badly Drawn Boy

    published August 12, 2004

    All of Damon Gough's albums lack focus, indulging his fondness for his kaleidoscopic record collection until they become high-concept mix tapes,... More >>

  • Turf Wars

    published August 5, 2004

    When Tommy McHenry steps onto his porch, it's obvious what the problem is. Or part of it, anyway. To the elderly ladies who've lived here in Casa... More >>

  • Golden Oldies

    published July 22, 2004

    Drag It Up is the Old 97's sixth album and their first since 2001's Satellite Rides. Since that album, the band has been dropped... More >>

  • Sahara Hotnights

    published July 1, 2004

    On their last album, 2002's Jennie Bomb, Sahara Hotnights were a badass girl gang, switchblade sisters whose game plan was summed up by... More >>

  • Love Shaq

    published June 24, 2004

    Everyone in Dallas is salivating over the prospect of Shaquille O'Neal playing for the Mavericks next season. No one on the Mavs has been... More >>

  • "Nice Kid, But..."

    published June 17, 2004

    The kid calls it luck, says it with a little laugh and a small smile, as if he´s sharing a secret. Says it casually, his dark eyes flitting... More >>

  • By the Book

    published June 17, 2004

    My wife belongs to a book club, a monthly, no-men-allowed assembly at the home of one of her girlfriends where the gossip and red wine flow as... More >>

  • Midlake

    published June 17, 2004

    There are good bands that write well-crafted songs and play them capably, even managing to inject their heads and hearts into the process. And... More >>

  • Kill ’em All

    published June 10, 2004

    No one's really sure how Bobby Weaver got in or what, exactly, he's doing on the couch. Well, besides sleeping. But here he is, sprawled out in... More >>

  • Artists in Residences

    published May 20, 2004

    Jack Matthews was the only one who saw it, the only one who looked at the deserted buildings on a forgotten street off downtown and pictured a... More >>

  • Draft Dodger No More

    published May 20, 2004

    When we ran our cover story on LaMarcus Aldridge ("He Wants to Be a Millionaire," April 29), it seemed as though the Seagoville High... More >>

  • The M's with The Chemistry Set

    published May 20, 2004

    Check out the reviews from the recent Coachella Festival in California (and ticket sales while you're at it). Look at what's being downloaded on... More >>

  • Descendents

    published May 13, 2004

    Go back in time and destroy every copy of the Descendents' 1982 Milo Goes to College, and the Warped Tour never happens. Because without... More >>

  • He Wants to be a Millionaire

    published April 29, 2004

    Every few minutes, the man screams the same desperate sentence, hands cupped around his mouth in a futile attempt to be heard above the crowd.... More >>

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