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2006 Stories by Mikael Wood

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  • Virile R&B Dudes Seek Maturity, Female Companionship

    published December 12, 2006

    Legally uninhibited from downing the Cristal that's probably been a part of his backstage rider since his teenage days with B2K, Omarion wants to... More >>

  • Dour Divas Douse Christmas Classics

    published December 5, 2006

    Though it's liberally frosted with cozy wine- bar piano and features obligatory renditions of seasonal staples such as "The Christmas Song" and... More >>

  • Coup Thing

    published November 7, 2006

    Growing up in Washington, D.C., during the salad days of straight-edge harDCore, Nathan Larson wasn't interested in mixing punk with politics.... More >>

  • Extremo Freaks And Post-Emo Stoners Flaunt Their Hardness,or Lack Thereof

    published October 31, 2006

    America projects two kinds of power in the world," Rich Cohen begins in his George Clooney profile in Vanity Fair. He means "hard power"... More >>

  • Not Particularly Jealous Guy

    published October 10, 2006

    Sean Lennon likes instruction manuals. He didn't always; it was something he had to learn. When the 31-year-old Manhattanite was a kid his... More >>

  • Former Pedro the Lion Frontman Burns Bridges at Both Ends

    published July 18, 2006

    The moving parts David Bazan currently needs fewer of are bandmates, specifically the ones he fired earlier this year when he dissolved Pedro the... More >>

  • Security Joan

    published June 13, 2006

    Joan Jett's put so many dimes in so many jukeboxes, baby, it's no wonder her music sounds like living history. On this month's Sinner... More >>

  • Fame Becomes Him

    published May 9, 2006

    Mike Skinner may now have fame, cash, and his own vanity label, the Beats, but he hasn't gone so big-time that he won't admit to doing a terrible... More >>

  • Chumps with Chops

    published May 9, 2006

    Onstage in March at Coda—a red-velvet and gold-chandelier midtown joint that looks like it could've hosted an open-mic night in Reality... More >>

  • Good Clean Fun

    published April 25, 2006

    Because he and his two brothers are homeschooled, 18-year-old Kevin Jonas doesn't have a prom to go this spring. But it's cool, figures the... More >>

  • I'll Be Fatter

    published April 18, 2006

    Much more than your average vegan Communist infidel, I can identify with red-state America because in addition to the John Zorn and Acid Mothers... More >>

  • Save Soft Rock

    published April 11, 2006

    On his provocatively titled debut album (a hit in the U.K., where it's sold over a quarter-million copies and earned Elton John's endorsement... More >>

  • Exit Stage Left

    published March 28, 2006

    Backstage at a hastily assembled press conference a half-hour before the Bring 'Em Home Now! anti-war concert began, promoter Chris Wangro... More >>

  • Finnish Line

    published March 14, 2006

    Ville Valo's "love-metal" outfit HIM were indisputably Finland's highest-profile heavy-music export last year. Fond of a well-made blouse and... More >>

  • Showbiz Kids

    published March 14, 2006

    "This is another new one," Story of the Year frontman Dan Marsala announced halfway through his band's set at the Continental Airlines Arena.... More >>

  • Beyond the Status Quo

    published March 7, 2006

    The Disney Channel original movie High School Musical opens with a number called "Start of Something New." In the film, which premiered... More >>

  • It's Their Party and They'll Be Frail if They Want to

    published February 28, 2006

    Next week these U.K. indie-pop wimps set out on a North American tour with James Blunt, the former Kosovo peacekeeper who surprised the world by... More >>

  • Upstate Video Blackjackers Pop a Metalcore Boner

    published February 21, 2006

    One night about a year and a half ago I kicked it with the young men in Buffalo-based metalcore outfit Every Time I Die for a magazine profile.... More >>

  • Sometimes He's Shot

    published January 31, 2006

    Singling out the absolute worst Billy Joel song of all time is difficult work. For one thing, you have to listen to a whole bunch of Billy Joel... More >>

  • Hide and Seek

    published January 17, 2006

    London-based electropop lady Imogen Heap does a pretty good job disguising her hardware. Onstage, inside Avalon's tawdry chrome-and-cement temple,... More >>

  • Fast and Decent

    published January 10, 2006

    A few months back, this 22-track benefit compilation for the international War Child organization earned two distinct honors: At 26 hours in the... More >>

  • Saxed Jam Band Tries Ska, Elevates Schlock, Still no moe.

    published January 3, 2006

    Despite similarly shitty names and a common audience of hemp-head frat bros who spend weekends syncing up Aoxomoxoa with Short Circuit... More >>

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