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2005 Stories by Frank Kogan

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  • Today's Not Yesterday

    published December 27, 2005

    Where it clicks, Bobby Bare's The Moon Was Blue was one of the most alive non-hip-hop recordings of 2005, and totally bananas—title... More >>

  • Jagged Little Hill

    published December 6, 2005

    Linda Perry first came to notice in the 4 Non Blondes in 1993 singing, "25 years and my life is still/Trying to get up that great big hill of... More >>

  • She's Not Your Steppin' Stone

    published November 22, 2005

    At first I was dismayed by the title of Ashlee Simpson's I Am Me, fearing that yet another post-teenpopper had gone poetically maudlin with... More >>

  • Freak Out!

    published November 8, 2005

    You know that Big & Rich are punk rockers because they bitch about airplay so much. Just kidding. I can't think of much that's less... More >>

  • Sad Is Fun

    published August 30, 2005

    Reggaetón is music's story of the year, but what's not yet obvious is what the story is—what sounds it will draw from most, or even... More >>

  • Can't Buy a Frill

    published August 23, 2005

    The Heartless Bastards and the Tough & Lovely are two Ohio bands that play what could be called "straight-ahead" or "no frills" rock (as one... More >>

  • Big Riff Men

    published August 2, 2005

    The title song on the Kentucky Headhunters' Big Boss Man grabs you by the shoulders: giant Southern rock riffs, heavy hammer-blow bass,... More >>

  • Are Campfire Droners Nimble Enough to Evade Craftsmanship?

    published July 26, 2005

    Weird album of the week is Black Mountain's self-titled debut. I'd call it "psych-drone-sludge" except it's more tuneful and lively than those... More >>

  • Once a Badass

    published May 10, 2005

    In her sleeve notes to Happy Doing What We're Doing, Texas singer Elizabeth McQueen explains why she devotes the album to covers of '70s... More >>

  • The Streetrope Invasion

    published April 26, 2005

    "Seven One Eight" (the area code, presumably) loops an old blues, a preternaturally distant and gorgeous sound, haunted, a woman's voice, pang of... More >>

  • Better Cute Than Quiet

    published April 26, 2005

    Deana Carter's "The Girl You Left Me For," first track on her excellent The Story of My Life, could be the greatest teenpop single of the... More >>

  • Wild & Crazy Guys

    published March 1, 2005

    Kultur Shock frontman Gino Yevdjevich lets his vibrato undulate in large waves, as if to swell his entire being in grandeur. The group is a... More >>

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