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2001 Stories by Chris Smith

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  • Body-Slammed

    published December 13, 2001

    There was once a time when long hair, a scruffy demeanor and bong hits at noon were as much a part of being in a band as amps cranked to 11 and... More >>

  • Message in a Hot Water Bottle

    published December 6, 2001

    One of rock music's enduring and endearing qualities is its ability to give voice to the voiceless. Sure, such a powerful implement can often be... More >>

  • Hudson Falcons

    published November 29, 2001

    Broadly speaking, the left can be subdivided into two categories: the intelligentsia and the working class. File Hudson Falcons in the latter... More >>

  • Moke

    published November 22, 2001

    Moke takes the mainstream and puts it through a prism. The slick sound of "now" is apparent, but it's shot through with an indie edge and a... More >>

  • Bouncing Souls

    published November 15, 2001

    The waters in the sea of punk are pretty monochromatic. Shades of gray replace distinct colors. The weather here is predictable, if severe.... More >>

  • Movin' On Up

    published October 4, 2001

    A large chunk of the male population has done it at one point or another, usually in the teen years. You wait until the folks are gone, and then... More >>

  • Four

    published August 9, 2001

    Metal is a tough thing to define these days, having become at least as fragmented as any other pop genre. Rap-metal, nu-metal, death metal,... More >>

  • Mount Coy

    published July 26, 2001

    To belabor beyond all recognition that old saw about what you should wear to your wedding, this year Houston went in for something old, something... More >>

  • Prison Love Scene

    published June 28, 2001

    To differentiate oneself in the increasingly saturated field of modern metal is difficult at best. One could easily imagine that every funky... More >>

  • Skrape

    published May 31, 2001

    Just when it seemed that this Korn-inspired nu-metal malarkey had run dry, when no more fresh juice could possibly be squeezed out of the genre,... More >>

  • Mansion

    published May 31, 2001

    Mansion lives where atmospheric meets guttural, a place where only lo-fi can adequately express the music of its inhabitants. The band makes what... More >>

  • Old Dog, New Tricks

    published May 24, 2001

    In the beginning, there was King's X, which put Katy, Texas, on the map as an unlikely springboard for the melodic Beatlesque hard rock band.... More >>

  • Eric Clapton

    published May 10, 2001

    Each new Eric Clapton release raises fears that he will have finally crossed the line into pure adult-contemporary music, that last purple stop on... More >>

  • Playbill

    published May 10, 2001

    Sweden's Opeth has long been a fixture on the underground circuit, combining black- and death-metal atmospherics with old-school (read: 1970s)... More >>

  • Diarrhea of a Madman

    published May 3, 2001

    Dave Brockie, a onetime art student from Richmond, Virginia, has hacked quite a swath for himself through the more extreme end of pop culture.... More >>

  • Rage Against The Machine

    published April 19, 2001

    Los Angeles's Rage Against The Machine had quite a run. Selling records by the millions while never wavering from one of the most activist... More >>

  • Playbill

    published April 19, 2001

    Austin's Dynamite Boy has been doing the pop-punk thing long enough and well enough that even its hometown's über-hip mainstream press has... More >>

  • Ashbury Keys

    published April 12, 2001

    Ashbury Keys' drive to become a full-fledged pop-rock force has taken a significant step forward with the release of Dancers, the Houston... More >>

  • Playbill

    published April 12, 2001

    The Melvins are on the brink of crossing over. Not to mass appeal -- all the riches of the Atlantic Records empire couldn't bring that about... More >>

  • Playbill

    published March 29, 2001

    Brazil's Sepultura has gone through a number of mutations since first arriving on the international scene 12 years ago. Proto-death-metal releases... More >>

  • Texas Thunder

    published March 22, 2001

    Roll back to 1985 to a moribund strip center on Richmond Avenue. There, housed in a converted disco, is the original incarnation of Cardi's.... More >>

  • Marzi

    published March 15, 2001

    Marzi is a three-piece metal band that's pretty much cut with nothing but Texas boogie and the classic rock purveyed by yesteryear's guitar... More >>

  • Don't Be So Literal

    published February 22, 2001

    Many misconceptions exist regarding the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. One of these is that Spencer is a gnarled old bluesman of indeterminate age... More >>

  • Insane Clown Posse

    published February 15, 2001

    It's best to compare Insane Clown Posse only to itself. To judge the outfit within the context of contemporary rap will lead to only one... More >>

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