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Shonen KnifeBurning FarmYama-no AttchanPretty Little Baka Guy712(Oglio)BANANAS AND BARBIE TOGETHER AGAIN WITH THE RELEASE OF THE FIRST 10 YEARS OF JAPANESE SUGAR-PUNK TRIO.Shonen Knife was one of Kurt ...   More
Wednesday, March 2, 2005 Amy Phillips


German punk chanteuse Nina Hagen has owned the stage for 25 years. Oh, and she once met God while on LSD.

Music Stories
Nina Hagen is explaining her music to me. "Like what actors do in different movies, playing different parts, I embrace different music styles," the 49-year-old German cult star says, on the phone from ...   More
Wednesday, January 12, 2005 Amy Phillips

File Under Whatever

Buck 65, Mush Records and the Death of Genre

Music Stories
Imagine a world where genres didn't exist. It would be pretty cool, right? Radio stations would play anything and everything, record stores would file their stock alphabetically, writers would be forc ...   More
Wednesday, October 6, 2004 Amy Phillips

Splitting (Platinum Blonde) Hairs

From similar beginnings, Gwen Stefani and Juliana Hatfield took very different paths. Why?

Music Stories
In 1995, I hated Juliana Hatfield and Gwen Stefani. They were easy targets: dolled-up beauties cooing about spinning the bottle and being "just a girl," cashing in with what I saw as a pathetic, water ...   More
Wednesday, June 16, 2004 Amy Phillips

The Seth Effect

The revolution is coming, and it listens to Death Cab for Cutie.

Music Stories
Seth Cohen is a teenager who lives with his parents in Orange County, Calif. A lanky, awkwardly cute kid with curly brown Jew-fro hair, he likes video games, comic books and sarcasm. Seth is shy and b ...   More
Wednesday, May 5, 2004 Amy Phillips
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