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2003 Stories by Greg Barr

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  • The Spirit of the Scabs

    published December 18, 2003

    This past Thanksgiving Day, while the usual narcissistic suspects who bemoan Houston's alleged lack of a music scene lounged on the sofa, barely... More >>

  • Bile on the Isle

    published December 11, 2003

    Passengers from a cruise ship had more than the usual sailing stories to share as they returned to the Galveston Waterfront Ventures parking lot... More >>

  • Britannia Rules the Strand

    published December 4, 2003

    10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, December 6 and 7. The Strand between 20th and 25th Streets, Galveston. More >>

  • When Men Were Men

    published November 27, 2003

    Long before Quentin Tarantino made it fashionable for bag-men to be movie heroes, Eastwood gave us his wiry, take-no-shit drifter in The... More >>

  • Dimmu Borgir, with Nevermore, Children of Bodom and Hypocrisy

    published November 20, 2003

    That recent run on inverted silver crosses at the local head shop is no fluke. Faced with the discomfort caused by the festering boil on its... More >>

  • Papa Don't Preach

    published November 13, 2003

    Lunch with John Axelrod is a frenetic experience. A man with exquisite taste, European flair and an all-black ensemble not available at the... More >>

  • The Barenaked Ladies

    published November 13, 2003

    Apparently, the Barenaked Ladies have come to grips with a stark realization: When you're in your mid-thirties and carrying mortgages in Toronto's... More >>

  • Drinking Canada Dry

    published October 16, 2003

    Being the anointed one doesn't always sit well with Canadian alt-country rocker Kathleen Edwards. This past March, at South By Southwest, she... More >>

  • Stacy's Mom's Got It Going On

    published October 9, 2003

    Take a look at the Buzzfest XII roster, and it quickly becomes apparent that some pretty important elements are lacking from almost all of the... More >>

  • Beer Brawl

    published October 2, 2003

    For a guy who hasn't touched alcohol for the past five years, Rex Bell has had beer on his mind for a while. Specifically, the downtown Galveston... More >>

  • The Constantines, with the Weakerthans

    published September 18, 2003

    Though the Constantines are compared to Fugazi in practically every review ever written, that harsh framing of the band's loose, percussive yet... More >>

  • Coming Through in the Clutch

    published September 4, 2003

    Rock bands are used to dealing with the unexpected. Missed sound checks, flat tires, broken strings, nonexistent hotel reservations and stolen... More >>

  • Brown Whörnet, with Oh, Beast! and Three Fantastic

    published September 4, 2003

    Explaining Brown Whörnet's music is no picnic. Critics have tripped all over themselves trying to describe the Austin collective's sound, one... More >>

  • Sand and Sweat

    published August 28, 2003

    SUN 8/31 Beach volleyball was once considered a pastime for bored surfers. But California being California, pro beach volleyball... More >>

  • Type O Negative

    published August 28, 2003

    The best thing about New York goth-metallurgists Type O Negative is that despite adhering closely to the genre in its writing and stage show, the... More >>

  • Midnight Moving

    published August 21, 2003

    SAT 8/23 At one time or another you've probably sneaked out on your bike for a late-night tryst. And you've probably... More >>

  • Korn Shuckers

    published July 31, 2003

    We pause now for this breaking news. With more than a million copies of the Deftones' White Pony now sold in the United States, and... More >>

  • Downie Fresh

    published July 24, 2003

    On her latest release, thinking-woman's rocker Liz Phair may have stumbled trying to repackage herself for the mainstream -- drawing snarky... More >>

  • Blue October

    published June 5, 2003

    Justin Furstenfeld's battles with his band's former label were numerous and nasty. Prior to the release of Consent to Treatment in 2000,... More >>

  • The Natural History

    published June 5, 2003

    In its rush to place the Strokes atop a pedestal, the media overlooked the fact that the band simply wasn't a visionary force. But there's an... More >>

  • Rock Around the Cock

    published May 22, 2003

    When Christian Livingston gazes into the mirror, he sure doesn't see the reflection of a guitar-slinging rock savior. The industry does, though;... More >>

  • The Hunger

    published May 22, 2003

    Fans who packed Galveston's Whiskey Blues May 3 to see the Hunger got the first look at the group's new drummer. Yup, we said new drummer. Right... More >>

  • Punk of the Month Club

    published May 15, 2003

    Here's how you get on the cover of Rolling Stone: First make it big on a local scene, so big that you get signed and Stone... More >>

  • Ground Control to Spider One

    published May 8, 2003

    On August 2001, Powerman 5000 founder Spider One realized that his fast-rising group had just finished a new record that sounded a lot like its... More >>

  • Get Some

    published May 1, 2003

    Not yet having written the über-single that major labels seek from every rap-rock band of the week, Faceplant has made good on its promise to... More >>

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