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2007 Stories by Mikael Wood

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  • Project Runway

    published November 13, 2007

    Eighteen-year-old r&b crooner Chris Brown appears in a total of 10 different outfits in the booklet that accompanies Exclusive, the... More >>

  • Emo "Elder" Statesmen Jimmy Eat World and Thrice

    published October 16, 2007

    The Arizona-bred thirtysomethings in Jimmy Eat World seem like pretty earnest dudes compared to, say, Hannah Montana. But consider them alongside... More >>

  • White Dudes With Rhythm

    published September 18, 2007

    Sam Beam's 2005 collaboration with Calexico invited plenty of Dylan-and-the-Band hyperbole, but it also raised the genuine possibility that the... More >>

  • Korn's Korn

    published July 24, 2007

    It's a testament to Korn's credibility among misunderstood metalheads that 2005's platinum-plus See You on the Other Side, which the... More >>

  • Smashing Pumpkins' Zeitgeist

    published June 26, 2007

    "I don't wanna be alone," sings Billy Corgan on "Tarantula," the first single from the first Smashing Pumpkins album since 2000's Machina... More >>

  • L.A. Loves You Back

    published May 22, 2007

    You fans of wispy indie-pop ladies have it about as good as it's ever been right now: You've got Feist, you've got El Perro Del Mar, and now... More >>

  • Chart-Topping Vitriol

    published May 15, 2007

    Maroon 5 "Makes Me Wonder" From It Won't Be Soon Before Long (A&M/Octone) The Top 40 is saturated with uncut... More >>

  • Spacey dudes from nowhere get high and indulge

    published April 10, 2007

    Chicago-based glam-folk guy David Vandervelde calls his publishing company Dude Camp, which is pretty much where he went to make The... More >>

  • Buoyant British Everymen Get All Doom-and-Gloom

    published April 3, 2007

    Anyone know why Kaiser Chiefs look so dour on the cover of their second album? These smart-assed U.K. guitar-pop guys broke through in a big way... More >>

  • Mythbusters

    published March 6, 2007

    Listening to !!! for the lyrics is dumber than reading Playboy for the articles. Really, it's like reading Playboy for the paper... More >>

  • Digital Lovefool

    published February 20, 2007

    Dan Keyes is a 21st-century emo man. Mugging for the cameras on a Santa Monica soundstage a few weeks ago during a taping for Yahoo!, he seems... More >>

  • A Yoko Tribute Album Mercifully Free of the Barenaked Ladies

    published February 13, 2007

    Holding forth on the phone the other day about his band's new song-by-song cover of Meet the Beatles!, Smithereens frontman Pat DiNizio... More >>

  • First Impressions of Albert

    published January 2, 2007

    Psst, wanna know a secret? Albert Hammond Jr., one of the two guitarists in the Strokes, has a new solo album out. It's called Yours to... More >>

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