Andy Francis

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  • Worth listening to: Beck

    Throughout his remarkable recording career, Beck Hansen has embraced many roles as a musician: lo-fi indie slacker, pop-culture miner, noise rocker, R&B loverman, and on his most recent outing ? 2002?s [ITAL]Sea Change/IATL]? heartbroken balladeer. Admired by critics and hipsters alike, his abstract lyricism and range of musical styles have produced a body of work characterized by a steadfast refu...

    Pillbox | April 4, 2005
  • Queens of the big screen


    Pillbox | March 28, 2005
  • During the recording of Queens of the Stone Age?s fourth full-length album, Lullabies to Paralyze, a good deal was written about the group?s ever-shifting lineup. Gone from the roster are hired guns Dave Grohl and Dean Ween, who were responsible for their 2002 breakthrough Songs for the Deaf. Also missing in action is bassist/cofounder Nick Oliveri. In fact, only frontman Josh Homme remains, with ...

    Pillbox | March 28, 2005
  • Cake

    Ever since 1997?s The Distance vaulted Cake to stardom, the Sacramento, California-based band has been an easy target for rock critics, who routinely dismiss its ironic lyrics and individual sound as unworthy of their attention. These same pundits have no problem lauding Beck?s brand of brilliant nonsense, but that?s a story for another day. Despite not carrying the rock journalist vote, the band ...

    Pillbox | October 18, 2004
  • What

    If you?re one of the many college students who has been playing in a rock band, has just formed a band, or is even considering putting a group together, this column could very well change the course of your life as a musician. I sincerely urge you to take all the time you?re planning to spend practicing, writing, arranging, playing gigs, securing studio time, scoring drugs, and meeting groupies an...

    Pillbox | October 11, 2004