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Revisit Our May 2003 Linkin Park Cover Story: How to Succeed in Rock n’ Roll by Really, Really, Really Trying

Linkin Park are more than the eight-times-platinum “nice guys” of nü metal. They’re crusaders who’ll endure any torture—even near-death spider bites—to bring salvation to a…
Alex Pappademas / July 20, 2017

Green Day: The 2004 ‘American Idiot’ Cover Story

[This article originally appeared in the November 2004 issue of SPIN.] Two punks, dressed in black, get on a plane. They are famous,…
Alex Pappademas / September 25, 2014

Eminem – Encore

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Alex Pappademas / January 3, 2005

Eminem, ‘Encore’ (Aftermath)

In one of many surprising asides in his recent memoir, Chronicles, Bob Dylan says that he suffered a crisis of confidence in the late 1980s,…
Alex Pappademas / January 3, 2005

Green Day: P*ssed Off and Better Than Ever

Two punks, dressed in black, get on a plane. They are famous, as punksgo. They make a very nice living at what they…
Alex Pappademas / November 1, 2004

The Libertines – The Libertines

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Alex Pappademas / September 3, 2004

The Long Way Home

Everyone'sa little punchy this time of night. Your eyelids feel gummy, like usedpostage stamps. The white line down the middle of the highway startsswinging like…
Alex Pappademas / July 30, 2004

Bands to Watch – Scissor Sisters

Onthe set of his band's photo shoot, Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shearspolitely requests that five mirrored disco balls be removed from thepremises. He's seen the…
Alex Pappademas / July 27, 2004

Happy Woman Blues

PollyJean Harvey does not suffer fools gladly, especially fools with taperecorders. When questioned, she does not answer so much as reply, oftenprefacing her response with…
Alex Pappademas / July 2, 2004

The Get Up Kids, ‘Guilt Show’ (Vagrant)

They grow up so fast. Rock'n'roll may be the sound of maturity deferred, but lately that hasn't stopped punk-bred bastards of young from trying to…
Alex Pappademas / April 19, 2004

Belle and Sebastian, ‘Fans Only’ (Matador)

With Dear Catastrophe Waitress, Scottish über-wallflowers Belle and Sebastian finally went from crayons to perfume, sharpening their hooks and addressing adult concerns (such as the…
Alex Pappademas / April 6, 2004

Q: Are we not metal? A: We are Probot!

It is a bright, crisp Sunday in Los Angeles, and Dave Grohl issurveying a room full of young, half-naked women and smiling as ifit's Christmas…
Alex Pappademas / March 17, 2004

Essential Southern Rock

Duane Allman once said that the term "Southern rock"was redundant: "Rock was born in the South, so saying'Southern rock' is like saying 'rockrock.'" But in…
Alex Pappademas / January 20, 2004

Missy Elliott, ‘This Is Not a Test’ (Goldmind/Elektra)

At the risk of shouting "Lauryn Hill" in a crowded theater: Is Missy Elliott okay? We ask because it's hard to tell. Hip-hop radio sets…
Alex Pappademas / December 18, 2003

The Used, ‘Maybe Memories’ (Reprise)

'Nuff respect to the other talented, hard-working, heavily pierced young men of the Used, but it's all about Bert McCracken. Flaunting a loose-cannon glower somewhere…
Alex Pappademas / August 5, 2003

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