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May 2005

Event Reviews

Billy Idol

Punk Rock Pop Star Billy Idol is touring in support of his comeback album, Devil's Playground , and Jen Cray has the good news -- he still rocks!

Green Day

Green Day started out 16 years ago as a bratty punk rock band playing in dank, empty clubs, but these days their ambitious punk rock opera American Idiot has catapulted them onto a sold-out arena tour. Jen Cray finds them not to have changed in the least.


More Than A Feeling

Our normally cheerful editor, James Mann, is cranky on the subject of public noise pollution masquerading as nostalgia.


Peter Bagge

Peter Bagge, creator of Hate and Apocalypse Nerd, holds forth on comics, politics and more. Brian Heater draws it out of him.

Tiger Army

Tiger Army are out on their first ever headlining tour. In Orlando, singer/guitarist Nick 13 took some time to share with Jen Cray his thoughts about the band and his music.

Music Reviews

Music A

Afterhours 2

Afterhours 2 (Global Underground). Review by Kiran Aditham.

Music B


Cat Spectacular (Microindie). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Big Thicket

Sexual Breakfast (Strictly Amateur Films). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Music C

Canned Heat

Canned Heat 1969-1999: The Boogie House Tapes Volume 2 (Ruf Records). Review by Carl F Gauze.

Clare Quilty

Face The Strange (DCide Records). Review by Kiran Aditham.

Music D

The Dresden Dolls

The Dresden Dolls (8 Ft. Records). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music E

Emperor X

Central Hug/Friendarmy/Fractaldunes (Discos Mariscos). Review by Rob Levy.

The Emo Diaries, Chapter Ten

The Emo Diaries, Chapter Ten (Deep Elm). Review by Addam Donnelly.

Music F

Fivestar Riot

Unfamiliar Sky (Self-Released). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music H


Stem Stem in Electro (Constellation). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music I

Stephen Inglis

Fringes of the Wayside (LocoMotive Music). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music M


Reach the Stars (Planet XOX). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music O

Okkervil River

Black Sheep Boy/Sleep and Wake-Up Songs (Jagjaguwar). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Music R

Barry Russo

These Are The Days (Self-Released). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music S

Shonen Knife

Burning Farm/Yama-no Attchan/Pretty Little Baka Guy/712 [Reissues] (Oglio). Review by Aaron Shaul.


Why Do You Do? (Gringo). Review by Aaron Shaul.

Charlotte Summer

Bizarre Love Triangle (Planet XOX). Review by Kyrby Raine.

Music T

3 Inches of Blood

Advance and Vanquish (Roadrunner Records). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Music U

Mike Uva

Where Have You Been (Collectable Escalators). Review by Tim Wardyn.

Music W


The Neon God: Pt. 2 - The Demise (Sanctuary Records). Review by Daniel Mitchell.

Print Reviews


How the Left Lost Teen Spirit

Tired of rehashing the all-too-current Bush years? So's Ben Varkentine, but he's making an exception for unabashed "Hollywood liberal" Danny Goldberg's catalog of attacks on free speech in the past 25 years. He hopes you will too. Politics and free speech, myths and realities, come one, come all, my friends, to the show that never ends.

Screen Reviews

God Is In The House

A dangerously high-quality DVD release of a Bad Seeds gig at Le Transbordeur, Lyon, France, 8th June 2001... Matthew Moyer is transported and somehow manages to get in a review from the other side.

Fields of the Nephilim

An impressive DVD compendium captures the dark theatrics of goth pioneers Fields of the Nephilim. Remember them like this, Matthew Moyer advises.

Kingdom of Heaven

As if a romance starring Orlando Bloom and Eva Green wasn't enough...the new medieval epic, Kingdom of Heaven, encompasses a handful of other sub-plots, including a bloody clash between Christians and Muslims. Sound familiar? Our man on the battlefield, Steve Stav, dons his chain mail to deliver a report card on Ridley Scott's latest creation.

Kung Fu Hustle

A Kung Fu smorgasbord about a wayward thief who becomes the greatest kung fu master of all time. with enough special effects, kicks, chops, laugh and acrobatics to please anyone! Rob Levy is pleased, very pleased.


Chinese martial arts master Jet Li a mad-dog enforcer in Scotland? More unlikely things have been imagined in Luc Besson's cinematic visions, to great success. Does Unleashed, Besson's latest effort, rank among The Professional and La Femme Nikita as an instant classic? Our man in the Glasgow underworld, Steve Stav, offers his opinion.