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2002 Stories by Greg Barr

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  • Beaver Nelson, with Adam Carroll and Scrappy Jud Newcomb

    published December 26, 2002

    Beaver Nelson's new CD, Legends of the Super Heroes, is his most diverse, intriguing batch of songs to date, reaffirming the notion that he's a... More >>

  • Secret Agent 8

    published December 19, 2002

    There's nothing clandestine about Secret Agent 8 when it comes to its approach to ska. The first three tracks on the band's second album blast... More >>

  • November Pain

    published December 12, 2002

    Backstage at General Motors Place in Vancouver, the tension was as thick as the morning fog that often cloaks the rainy West Coast city. An hour... More >>

  • Rockin' Drama Mama

    published November 28, 2002

    Look around a New York City subway train on a Saturday evening and it might seem that you're stuck inside a shaky, clickety-clackety green room... More >>

  • Stone Sour

    published November 14, 2002

    Was it the ignominy of a life behind masks, or the fact that their fans were known as "maggots" that drove Corey Taylor and James Root to give... More >>

  • Mushroomhead

    published November 7, 2002

    We got masks! We got masks! Unfortunately for Mushroomhead, the California hardcore band's tawdry choice of apparel puts it squarely in the... More >>

  • Sum 41

    published October 31, 2002

    Only a week after Jackass: The Movie opened in Houston, "Jackass: The Band" barrels into town with a one-night screening at the Engine... More >>

  • The Gord Is My Shepherd

    published October 24, 2002

    The most enduring cliché spouted to critics by a band whose new release sounds just like 30 other albums released that day goes like this:... More >>

  • The Mexican Roots Trio

    published October 24, 2002

    Joel Guzman had not performed with his father for nearly 15 years when Lupe Guzman was invited to go on at a National Endowment of the Arts event... More >>

  • Chemical Kids

    published September 26, 2002

    There isn't much margin for error if you're zigzagging across the stage at Fitzgerald's while peering through a five-foot foam rubber vagina. Yet... More >>

  • Spies Like Us

    published September 12, 2002

    In the back room of a Galveston coffee bar, Will Frith hauls a hefty tome out of his backpack and rests it on his lap. The lead vocalist of the... More >>

  • Bo Diddley with Hamilton Loomis

    published September 12, 2002

    Folks who are hung up on that visual image of Bo Diddley cradling his quirky, rectangular Gretsch guitar, or his 1980s Nike ad campaign, don't... More >>

  • Ruthie Foster

    published August 22, 2002

    If music that sounds as if it were naturally fermented from the bayous, cricks and back porches of rural America is what you seek, then look no... More >>

  • Rush

    published August 15, 2002

    After nearly 30 years together, the members of Toronto power trio Rush have little left to achieve. The band has released a slew of albums (at one... More >>

  • Hayes Carll

    published August 8, 2002

    Not since fellow Old Quarter alum Diane Craig's Fortunes Told has a member of the OQ fraternity released as impressive a record as... More >>

  • Tommy Lee

    published August 8, 2002

    You have to hand it to that Tommy Lee. He knows exactly who pays the freight (namely, teenage boys with perpetual boners), and he has no problem... More >>

  • Hot Tunes, Summer in the City

    published July 18, 2002

    It's time for another round of Houston Press Music Awards jinxes. Considering that last year's big winners were Japanic (who broke up six... More >>

  • Our Lady Peace, with Ash and greenwheel

    published July 18, 2002

    Though it has nothing much to do with appealing to fans and everything to do with smart marketing, the summer of 2002 will go down in history as... More >>

  • Todd Snider

    published July 18, 2002

    When a Billboard reporter asked him what was the most memorable part of recording his latest album, New Connection, Todd Snider... More >>

  • Seven Come Eleven

    published July 11, 2002

    At some point between the last miserable day job and the first national tour, countless musicians have either chosen, or been forced, to take a... More >>

  • Popsy

    published June 27, 2002

    The success of Limp Bizkit, SoCal rap-metallurgists P.O.D. and schlock-hopper Kid Rock has spawned a horde of fledgling bands that aspire to make... More >>

  • Hamilton Loomis

    published June 6, 2002

    Bo Diddley once offered some sage advice to his then teenage blues guitar protégé, Hamilton Loomis. Diddley told Loomis, "Innovate,... More >>

  • Diana Krall

    published May 23, 2002

    Until recently in her career, the 37-year-old Canadian-born New York resident was referred to as a brilliant pianist whose vocal talents were just... More >>

  • Garbage

    published May 16, 2002

    Squeezed from the piss-and-vinegar concoction that is Shirley Manson and Butch Vig, Garbage has more bouts of trash-talking, fits of pique and... More >>

  • Golden Gate Garage

    published May 2, 2002

    Shea Roberts doesn't mind it at all when passersby in his San Francisco neighborhood comment on his British Invasion styles. "Cool…Beatles!"... More >>

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