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Hagiography Doesn't Become Some Musiciansnew

The Spam Allstars may possess the chops to back up all the overheated praise they've been getting, but plenty of South Florida hopefuls have been coasting on pure hype. A reviewer names the overrated along with 2004's top 10 CDs.
Miami New Times  |  Brett Sokol  |  01-10-2005  |  Profiles & Interviews

Best Books From North Carolinanew

Chosen as best book of the year is Blood Done Sign My Name, Timothy Tyson's detective-story record of the racially tense summer of 1970 in Oxford, N.C.
INDY Week  |  John Valentine  |  01-07-2005  |  Nonfiction

The Year of Mel Gibson and Michael Moorenew

Was this really the year when the two most significant movies -- though hardly the best -- were a pious Biblical epic and a caterwauling political broadside? Yep, it was.
INDY Week  |  Godfrey Cheshire  |  01-07-2005  |  Reviews

Offies 2004new

The Bay Guardian presents its annual Off-Guard Awards for the most stupid, silly, and bizarre acts and events of 2004.
San Francisco Bay Guardian  |  Tim Redmond  |  01-05-2005  |  Commentary

The Most Overhyped and Underreported Stories of 2004new

Ronald Reagan's death and the improvement of the economy were among the overhyped stories, while global warming and the use of torture in federal and state prisons went underreported.
Seattle Weekly  |  Geov Parrish  |  01-05-2005  |  Commentary

2004's Top 5 of Everything That Mattersnew

Everything that matters includes the top five annoying words or phrases, top sports injuries, top art exhibits in Chicago, top films, top music, top books, top set designs and more.
Chicago Newcity  |  Staff Writers  |  01-04-2005  |  Commentary

Top 10 Environmental Stories of 2004new

In 2004, wolves in Alaska were decimated by aerial hunting, and the last Po’ouli bird in Hawaii died.
Monterey County Weekly  |  Defenders of Wildlife  |  01-04-2005  |  Environment

2004 Was a Good Year in Theaters and for DVDsnew

Because of some high-quality DVD releases, a person could have had a very good movie year in 2004 without ever setting foot in a movie theater.
Chico News & Review  |  Juan-Carlos Selznick  |  01-04-2005  |  Movies

2004's High and Low Momentsnew

In 2004, the University of Colorado at Boulder knocked the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs from its perch as the most sexually hostile campus in the nation. Denver was honored as the "Drunkest Big City in America." The year had some high points, too.
Westword  |  Laura Bond  |  01-04-2005  |  Commentary

Trend-Spotting in Music News of 2004new

Janet Jackson's wardrobe malfunction, Bruce Springsteen's Vote for Change tour and the Pixies' successful comeback are among 2004's top music stories.
Phoenix New Times  |  Sarah Hepola  |  01-04-2005  |  Music

The Ludicrous Dozen of 2004new

Scramble the letters in South Florida's four hurricanes, "Charlie Frances Ivan Jeanne," and you get the hidden message "Jesus Is Finally Coming." Read that and 11 other unusual stories of 2004 from South Florida.
New Times Broward-Palm Beach  |  Staff Writers  |  01-04-2005  |  Commentary

New Angels in Rock Heavennew

A critic polishes off the Greil Marcus Rock Death Meter to rank tragic deaths of rock stars in 2004. The worst was the murder of metal guitarist Dimebag Darrell Abbott, shot and killed on stage by a deranged fan.
Houston Press  |  John Nova Lomax  |  01-03-2005  |  Music

Top of the Bottom of 2004new

A TV anchorman with a two-month-long case of hiccups and an elderly woman who collapsed and died while in line for the flu vaccine are among the missteps of 2004 deemed worthy of further reflection.
East Bay Express  |  Will Harper  |  01-03-2005  |  Commentary

2004's Best and Worst Musicnew

The Dallas Observer's music critics choose their best, worst and most overrated albums of the year.
Dallas Observer  |  Music Critics  |  01-03-2005  |  Reviews

Shocking Developments of 2004 in Reviewnew

2004 was the year the Rainier Bear was caught on tape drinking beer until it passed out. It's also the year we learned that cradling a warm laptop computer on your crotch can cause sterility.
Seattle Weekly  |  Rick Anderson  |  01-03-2005  |  Commentary

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